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Haitian dental library nears goal thanks to ADA dentists

May 27, 2016

By David Burger

Photo of library at The Faculté d’Odontologie
‘Spartan’: The library at The Faculté d’Odontologie at the Université d’Etat d’Haiti is in need of books and supplies.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
— With the help of ADA member dentists, a fundraiser to purchase new textbooks for the The Faculté d’Odontologie at the Université d’Etat d’Haiti library is only $300 short of its $3,000 goal as of May 25.

Health Volunteers Overseas set up the online fundraiser to help Haiti’s only dental school beef up its library with 21 reference books deemed essential for the education of the school’s 125 students.

The May 2 issue of ADA News publicized the fundraiser.

The books on the list ranged from “Early-Age Orthodontic Treatment” by Dr. Aliakar Bahreman to “The Oral-System Health Connection: A Guide to Patient Care,” edited by Dr. Michael Glick, editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

The faculty hopes the texts will help them provide students with a well-rounded education in the face of a system that offers no specialty training. The goal is to graduate students who are able to diagnose and treat patients in rural Haiti, where access to dental care is even more limited than in the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Dr. Kevin Hardwick, a Texas-based retired dentist, member of the Foundation’s International Programs Subcommittee and HVO volunteer, toured the school and its depleted library during a 2015 visit that was conducted under the auspices of HVO.

“We want them to have the most up-to-date, comprehensive education possible,” said Dr. Hardwick. “I’m hoping that dentists understand how important this is.”

To donate to this cause visit: razoo.com/us/story/Haiti-Dental-School-Library.

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