The Vine Trust's Amazon Hope boats--providing a dental service on the Amazon.

Dental update

PubMedID: 23505857

Mason SM. The Vine Trust's Amazon Hope boats--providing a dental service on the Amazon. Dent Update. 2013;40(1):38-40, 42-4, 46.
The Vine Trust's Amazon Hope Project is a medical and dental programme providing healthcare to communities along the Amazon River in Peru. Volunteers from the UK and other countries work alongside Peruvian staff employed by their partner organization, Union Biblica del Peru, to provide a health service from a boat which serves communities on several tributaries who otherwise would have no other access to care. The dental programme involves a basic restorative and extraction service, with scope to develop a preventive programme. Clinical Relevance: Dentists'and DCPs' skills are transferable globally: this article illustrates how one volunteer dental project is working to provide relevant and sustainable dental health care in the Amazon jungle.