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Nonprofit recruiting dentists to volunteer in Puerto Rico

International Medical Relief invited to help commonwealth hit by earthquakes

January 17, 2020
 Image from International Medical Relief
Compassion: An International Medical Relief volunteer treats a patient in the Bahamas in October 2019.

A nonprofit medical organization is sponsoring outreach trips to Puerto Rico in response to the earthquakes that have devastated the region.

The U.S.-based International Medical Relief provides mobile medical clinics and sustainable health education to underserved communities in 70 countries around the world.

Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean were struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake and several aftershocks early in the morning on Jan. 7.

Hitting the southern region of Puerto Rico the hardest, the earthquake knocked out power in more than two-thirds of the island. In the wake of the earthquake, families and children are surviving amid massive complications that have stricken the health care structure of the communities, according to International Medical Relief.

Puerto Rico’s GoGo Pediatric Institute invited International Medical Relief to bring a team to Puerto Rico to host clinics where education and health promotion will be key factors for long-term sustainability for the communities where the earthquakes have done the most damage.

International Medical Relief is looking for dentists to participate. Dates and links for more information about the clinic are below.

Feb. 29–March 8.
Feb. 29–March 4.
March 4-8.

For more information about International Medical Relief, visit its website.

For additional information about international volunteer opportunities, view the ADA’s international volunteer resources.