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Dental industry leaders plan disaster relief for Nepal earthquake victims

May 15, 2015 The victims of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal remain on the charitable radar of the ADA Foundation and other members of the dental community, including Henry Schein and Ivoclar Vivadent.

The ADA Foundation continues to accept donations to aid dentists and others providing dental care in the aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred approximately 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Henry Schein has pledged $500,000 in health care product donations to support relief efforts. Donations will include more than two million surgical masks, a million pairs of gloves and thousands of bandages. The company also will donate thousands of toothbrushes and toothpaste in response to a specific request for these hygiene products.

Ivoclar Vivadent has pledged $100,000 to the Red Cross for emergency relief. The company is also in contact with the Nepal Dental Association to provide sustained assistance during the reinstallation of dental care.

More than 8,604 people have died and more than 16,808 suffered injuries as of May 27 due to the disaster, according to information on USAID.gov.

Donations to the ADA Foundation for Nepal disaster relief may be made at ADAFoundation.org or by sending a check to ADA Foundation, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60611. For Nepal earthquake relief, write "Nepal" in the memo field of checks.