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EDSA

European Dental Students’ Association

VOLUNTEER WORK A short introduction 2012-2013


EDSA

European Dental Students’ Association Volunteer Work

Introduction Project Amchi Programme Amchi 2012

Partners Amchi 2013

The EDSA volunteer working group is dedicated to making a difference where it matters the most. Through volunteer programmes we are broadening the horizons and skill-set of European dental students and giving something back to the millions around the world in need of care. Amchi Programme Through initiatives such as the Amchi Programme we are committed to making a sustainable difference. We aim to deliver culturally sensitive, region specific healthcare solutions: Initiatives which are self sustainable and rooted in education and training, empowering local healthcare providers to make a positive change for their own society and population. Amchi 2012 In August 2012, interns from Manipal University, College of Dental Sciences in collaboration with the European Dental Students Association and Wisdomtooth( a healthcare foundation based in Washington, USA) conducted an Outreach mission in Ladakh District of Jammu & Kashmir, India. The mission titled Amchi Project was a multinational effort involving 44 doctors, dentists, interns and dental students from 3 continents involving 14 nationalities(United States of America, United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and India). The project was conceived one and a half years ago by Dr. Ritesh Bhattacharjee from Manipal University, India and Dr. Mina Tagt Khodabandehloo from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.


EDSA

European Dental Students’ Association Volunteer Work

Introduction Project

Work area In an area the size of Great Britain with a population of 180,000 people there are four dentists in one location. Amchi Programme Leh is the main town in the area and was the base for the project. Amchi 2012 To access the outreach locations of Tangtse and Panamik the team had Partners to cross two of the three highest mountain passes in the world. During the long winter months these areas are cut off from the rest of the world. Amchi 2013 Access to healthcare in this region is extremely poor.


EDSA

European Dental Students’ Association Volunteer Work

Introduction Project

Partners Our initiatives are in partnership with international centres of educational excellence such as our satellite centre Manipal University (http://www.manipal.edu) and world renowned NGO’s such as Wisdomtooth (http://www.wisdomtooth.org). These initiatives are entirely Amchi Programme student led and organised, with supervision kindly donated by experienced dentists for the practical aspects of our missions. Amchi 2012

Partners Amchi 2013


EDSA

European Dental Students’ Association Volunteer Work

Introduction Project

Amchi 2013 Our 2012 outreach project has grown into the Amchi Programme which will return to the Himalayas in summer 2013. We will continue Amchi Programme our important work of training local nuns in basic dental care, delivering preventative care and direct treatment to these remote, isoAmchi 2012 lated communities where access to healthcare is limited. 2013 dates are yet to be finalised. Meanwhile, we are awaiting confirmation from the district health office and Indian government

Partners Amchi 2013

Application requirements as a volunteer for Amchi 2013 - Only students with at least 1 year of clinical experience are eligible. Enthusiasm is as important as experience! - The group will also contains established dentists and new graduates - You must be able to speak good English - Letter of Recommendation from faculty (scanned copy to email address by deadline and hard copy mailed to follow) - Curriculum Vitae - One page statement of intent Statement of intent: 1. In less than 500 words: why you want to be a part of project 2. In under 300 words: Explain your level of training and previous experience 3. In fewer than 200 words: what is your previous international experience So get moving! Closing date: December 10th 2012. Submit applications to: amchi2012@gmail.com Successful applicants will be informed by 31/1/13


EDSA

European Dental Students’ Association Volunteer Work

Introduction Project Amchi Programme Amchi 2012

Partners Amchi 2013

Please be aware that while multiple students from single institutions can apply and may well be selected, we will not select groups on the strength of one or two candidates. We select only the very best candidates for the roles. If you are travelling in a group and one of you is selected and others not, the programme will not entertain appeals to change our selection due to group travel / plans. Health Considerations The high altitude is a serious issue and can be dangerous - You will feel unwell at first: headaches, nausea, epistaxis, dyspnoea, confusion were all experienced in 2012 - You MUST adhere to medical advice and acclimatise properly - Your sleep will be affected - You will lose weight - You may have to descend if unwell You must be fit and healthy to take part. If you have any concerns or queries regarding your fitness to participate please e-mail us at: amchi2012@gmail.com

Our aim is not only a sustained improvement in the oral health of the communities in which we train, educate and treat, but to help students realise how much they can do with their qualifications once finished studying‌ Every one of us can make a real difference. All you have to do is take a chance and get involved! EDSA are happy to discuss our projects further with interested parties, prospective volunteers and potential sponsors. Please contact us: info@edsaweb.org Volunteer Work Officer EDSA 2012-2013, Andrew Bartram Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 4th year dental undergraduate at Dublin Dental Hospital Official EDSA delegate for the republic of Ireland. Volunteer Work Officer and Medical Officer for the Amchi programme


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