The dental team has finished their work in Madagascar now, and we were lucky enough to have them with us in Ambodimanga (the village where our camp is in Ankarafantsika National Park) for 2.5 days. They were in Madagascar for almost 3 weeks total at different sites. While they were staying with us, the dentists treated more than 125 local people and pulled 500+ teeth free of charge during that time!
Sponsored by The Ankizy Fund (an organization founded by paleontologist, friend, and National Geographic grantee Dr. David Krause), this team of dentists and dental students from North America comes to Madagascar and our site almost every year. While they were here, they converted our meeting area, called “the refectoire” into a makeshift clinic where they could treat up to 8 people at a time.
As there is no regular dental care in rural Madagascar, some of the
people that walked to our site for treatment traveled more than 40 km
(almost 30 miles!) on foot! What’s the farthest you’ve ever walked to
meet someone or get something? How does this dental clinic “in the
field” look different than your dentist’s office?
It might not be immediately obvious, this humanitarian dental work also
can contribute to and promote conservation of the natural resources,
forests, and wildlife in Madagascar. Can you think of maybe why?
Enjoy the pictures!