Humanitarian organisation distributes toothbrushes during medical relief missions
Henry Schein, Inc. announced that it has donated more than 25,000 toothbrushes to Timmy Global Health, a non-profit organisation that leads teams of medical professionals and health science students to underserved and isolated communities throughout the world to provide treatment to local populations and develop and maintain long-term healthcare.
Since 1997, Timmy Global Health has served more than 84,000 patients in five countries, providing medical, dental and vision treatments, along with other services such as midwifery and immunisations. The toothbrushes – many of which have already been given to patients in Ecuador, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic – will continue to be distributed at mission sites throughout the year. The donation is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility programme.
“Timmy Global Health has created a sustainable model for expanding access to healthcare and maintaining it in some of the most at-risk corners of the world,” said Mr. Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. “Henry Schein is proud to support organisations such as Timmy Global Health, whose values and commitment to ‘helping health happen’ so closely align with our own.”
Timmy Global Health is able to supply some of the world’s most remote areas with essential financial, medical, and human resources by partnering with community-based programmes. Through its services, Timmy Global Health has provided these partners with more than $1 million in funding and more than $25 million worth of in-kind contributions. The organisation not only treats patients, but also establishes medical records and referral systems, and supplies patients with essentials for oral health and nutrition like toothbrushes, toothpaste and vitamins.
“The areas that we serve have little or no access to healthcare, and we often find oral health issues to be prevalent in these communities,” said Dr. Chuck Dietzen, Founder and President of Timmy Global Health. “We understand the necessity of providing basic supplies, such as toothbrushes, in order to have a lasting impact on the overall health of community members. With their donation, Henry Schein has made a direct contribution to the health of thousands of individuals around the world. We at Timmy Global Health are grateful and happy to work with a company that genuinely appreciates the value in our work.”