We are absolutely proud to be associated and support Dr Phumudzo Machaka who has established an outreach project in rural Vhembe to visit special needs schools for children who are disabled to tackle shortage of oral health problems.
Machaka believes that oral health problems can lead to mental health challenges. He says children who have dental problems tend to be bullied in school, making it difficult for them to lead a normal life or speak without being self-conscious.
“For many years I have had the urge to help less fortunate children in rural areas this way, but due to shortage of resources to operate outside the surgery, it was difficult to see the dream manifest. Nonetheless, I’m happy that we were finally able to start the project last week. Till today, not all people can afford to pay for services at a dentist, particularly the previously disadvantaged communities and it is important for us to contribute to our communities and their future, through children,” adds Dr Machaka.