The Dentist Magazine.

Partnership delivering free oral health care to London’s homeless population

Published: 09/02/2017

Henry Schein Dental UK has partnered with the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA), and Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, for the ninth consecutive year to provide emergency oral health treatment to more than 730 homeless people in London.

Crisis for Christmas served 38,000 meals in London throughout the holiday week and more  than 5,600 meals across centres on Christmas day. More than 11,000 volunteers contributed approximately 250,000 volunteering hours.

“We are very proud to be able to build on our long term relationship with Crisis and the BDIA to enhance access to care for those in need. Through our global social responsibility programme Henry Schein Cares, we – amongst others – engage Team Schein Members to support the expansion of access to health care for underserved and at risk communities around the world,” said Patrick Allen, managing director of Henry Schein Dental UK. “We are also pleased to confirm that we will continue our support of the programme for the 10th consecutive year in 2017.”

Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.

The BDIA represents and supports manufacturers and suppliers of dental products, services and technologies, to the benefit of members, the dental profession and the public. “Dental treatment might not be everybody’s idea of a Christmas present but the reality is the effects of poor oral hygiene can be debilitating. The BDIA is pleased to have been able to play a small part in addressing the problem through Crisis at Christmas,” said Tony Reed, executive director, BDIA.

For further information, please also watch the Crisis at Christmas at www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiHTv3yitNM