The YWAM Medical Ships Australia & Papua New Guinea (YWAM MS) Dental Trailer 2023 program kicked off today, starting with a visit to Koki Elementary & Primary School.
The YWAM Dental Trailer and the YWAM team will spend 8 days at Koki Elementary & Primary School – working alongside NCDC, NCD Provincial Health Authority, the NCD Education Services Department of Education, and other partners to provide screening, oral health education, and dental procedures to students.
The dental semi trailer is equipped with three dental chairs and sterilisation and x-ray facilities. The dental care will be paired with interactive and engaging health education sessions.
The project began with an invitation from the NCD Governor, Honourable Powes Parkop, who invited YWAM MS to operate the dental trailer in Port Moresby Schools.
“The YWAM Dental Trailer has an exceptional set up – our children will have access to high quality dental care and health education.
“I’m very proud to see the dental trailer parked at Koki Elementary & Primary School today – the YWAM team and our administration have been working toward this for quite some time. It is wonderful to see the work now underway and gaining momentum,” said Governor Parkop.
The YWAM MS team will began screening students today with the aim to provide dental care to as many students as possible.
YWAM MS Managing Director, Mr Ken Mulligan, said that he is very grateful for the strong support of the Governor and his team in making this possible.
“We have four dentists from Australia and Papua New Guinea and a team of passionate volunteers from 9 different nations – all ready to provide this important service to children.
“Many supporters have generously given to help make this possible – we are so thankful for all the support we have received as we celebrate this milestone,” said Mr Mulligan.
The visit to Koki Primary follows a successful pilot program that was conducted at Sevese Morea Primary School last year – over 130 students received treatment over five days, including a young girl who had suffered from tooth pain for the past three years.
A launching event took place at Koki Primary this morning – a range of dignitaries from NCDC, NCD Provincial Health Authority, and the NCD Education Services Department of Education were in attendance.
YWAM MS thanks and acknowledges their supporters who have helped make the start of the program possible – including NCDC, NCD Provincial Health Authority, the NCD Education Services Department of Education, Henry Schein, Colgate, Sir Brian Bell Foundation, Ela Motors, Mills Dental, and Ok Tedi.