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This was started as a collaborative effort between Manipal Academy of Higher Education, EDSA and Wisdomtooth. Wisdomtooth runs several projects around the world where they train the local residents and primary health care workers in dental care, which is usually the most neglected aspect of healthcare around the world. They had previously trained Yamchen Dolma, the school nurse of Lamdon School in Ladakh. However due to constraints faced by manpower and resources the scale of such an initiative was always limited.
Students of EDSA and Manipal Academy of Higher Education found the need to implement such educative projects on a larger scale in order to impact a greater number of people and ensure its sustainability. In August 2012, after over a year of planning, 44 volunteers endeavored to reach-out to Ladakh’s remotest villages. The team comprises of students and doctors from USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Croatia, Serbia, Czech republic, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Singapore and India.
Under directions from the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Council, the team will be outreaching Panamik and Diskit in the Nubra Valley, Tangtse near Pangong Tso and SNM Hospital, Leh.
These areas were chosen due to the high levels of fluoride in the water sources being used by the population, which has advertently affected the health of the locals in the region. Our hope is to be able to provide both knowledge and resources to overcome this issue.