Joanne back from amazing Dentaid trip to Uganda

Children in Uganda.
Children in Uganda.

Kirriemuir woman Joanne Shepherd has returned home after an incredible charity trip to Uganda performing dental procedures on children.

The former Webster’s High School pupil, who works at Colin C Yule and Associates dental practice in Forfar, said she would never forget the “amazing trip.”

Joanne, 24, raised an astonishing £3,748.02 to make the trip possible - almost twice the amount needed - thanks to a sponsored trek up Ben Nevis which was undertaken by a group of 30 people, made up of friends, family and work colleagues from the dental practice.

She went to Uganda with Dentaid, a charity group that allows professionals in the developing world all the resources they need to provide an oral healthcare service to their community.

She said: “It has now been a month since I returned from two weeks in Uganda.

“Eight UK volunteers including myself shared our dental skills and experiences overseas as we worked alongside six Ugandan dentists.

“Together we provided pain relieving dental extractions, scaling, simple fillings, preventative fluoride application and vital oral health education to prevent future dental disease. We completed eight clinics in a variety of locations through southwest Uganda.”

Children as young as six months were in need of treatment, which Joanne and her team did their best to provide with the limited resources they had available.

She said: “I will always remember the short time I spent in Uganda and I have so many great memories from the trip.

“I met so many lovely people from the members of our dental team, volunteers at Uganda Lodge to many of the local Ugandans on our travels.

“It was an amazing experience and very challenging and I will definitely return for another dental mission in the future and look forward to possibly re-visiting areas and experiencing new regions of Uganda.

“Thanks again go to everyone who donated the money and equipment which made this trip possible.”