Ugandan dental technology student needs support
Since 2005 the UK charity, Christian Relief Uganda (CRU), has taken out teams of dental personnel twice a year to offer pain relief clinics in rural areas with little or no access to dental care. Barbara Koffman, CRU’s dental coordinator, has liased her teams with the local Ugandan Public Health Dental Officers (PHDO), one of whom is Ambrose Matsika.
The PHDOs have completed a three-year oral surgery course, with a further year under the supervision of a BDS colleague. Ambrose is presently in practice at Kyambogo Medical Centre and is also a part-time tutor at a Kampala college training dental officers and dental nurses.
He wishes to further his education and has been offered a place as one of the twelve students on the new three-year course of Bachelor Degree in Dental Laboratory Technology at Makerere University in Kampala.
He is now facing the challenge of finding the twice-yearly funding of 2,000,000 Ugandan shillings per semester (approx £515) for full-time tuition and, as he is the breadwinner for his eight siblings, this is a daunting prospect. In addition, the cost of textbooks is prohibitive. CRU has already helped current PHDO students by taking out dental textbooks donated by UK dentists, which have been received with huge delight.
If you are interested in sponsoring Ambrose in any way, or have dental technology textbooks which you could donate for the use of the Ugandan students, please contact Barbara Koffman on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07970 163798.
For more information on the CRU Dental Missions, please visit www.christianreliefuganda.org