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20th March 2020

COVID-19 Update

To our community of Bridge2Aid supporters, partners and volunteers,

As we are all aware, this is a very hard time for many people in the UK and around the world. We’re all concerned about our friends, families and neighbours. As our community, we wanted to keep you updated on with how we are managing the impact of COVID-19 on our work.

Firstly, our office team are healthy, although a couple of us are in self-isolation. We are in the fortunate position that we can all work from home and still get lots done. But there is, of course, a huge impact on our work and it’s unsettling for us, our volunteers, partners and supporters. The two countries that we work in (Tanzania and Malawi) have placed restrictions on their borders and the airlines are in control when it comes to cancellations. This means that we are having to take things day by day and react as new information comes in. We have already made the difficult decision to cancel our April programme in Tanzania and we are reviewing our future programmes and this is our top priority. We are keeping the volunteers within those teams informed as a first port of call. As a small organisation, with a small bank balance, we unfortunately can’t make long-term decisions at this time and we are making decisions with great care based on the information we have. We are obviously devastated that our training programme is currently on hold but we are doing everything we can to keep our office working at full capacity so we can move our work forward as much as we possibly can.

As the whole team is working from home, our office landline is currently unmanned. We are monitoring our emails very closely and mobile numbers can be available in an instance where emails don’t suffice. Please email the contacts you already have or email info@bridge2aid.org

We will be updating our website with any news. Please check our website for the latest information and if you are volunteering on a future programme please be assured we are doing all we can to get the answers to you as soon as possible.

We are expecting some financial difficulties ahead, this is inevitable as fundraising and networking events are cancelled, business and practice income are jeopardised and priorities lie closer to home. We’d like to emphasise how vital your support is to our work. We hope to reach our beneficiaries again soon.

We understand many of you will be worried now, whether it is about the health of loved ones, or about your job, or your business. Our thoughts and hopes are with you and the wider community.

My best wishes to you all
Shaenna

CEO Bridge2Aid


20th June 2019

Tanzanian Oral Health Survey

Last week our Ops Manager Paul Tasman met up with Tanzania’s Chief Dental Officer Dr Ray Masumo to celebrate a huge achievement. All the hard work designing and seeking funding for a National Oral Health Survey for Tanzania has paid off. The survey will be starting soon and the information gathered will be invaluable. This is a joint project and getting this far has been due to working with fantastic partners – namely The Borrow Foundation, MCW Global and Muhimbili University. We’ve had advice and involvement from the World Health Organisation along the way too. We’re thrilled that the survey will be taking place and look forward to being able to share the results with you in a few months time.

 

 


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10th June 2019

Malawi!

Paul,our Operations Manager had a very promising meeting today  with the Malawian Ministry of Health, the Dental Association of Malawi, Glasgow University Dental School and the Medical Council of Malawi. Bridge2Aid has recently won a grant to fund exploring development of the B2A model in Malawi, working in partnership with Dental Association of Malawi and the University of Glasgow Dental School. We’ll be working on this initial assessment project for the next year, so you won’t be able to volunteer to work in Malawi just yet! These are very early days but there is huge potential.

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