January 28-30, 2019, Bacolod City – PAED and the Bacolod City Chapter started a flagship Twinning Program in Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental.
This project aims to improve the dental facilities and oral
health care in the Aeta Tribe community.
Building the Mud House Dental Facility, an earth-based infrastructure, was thought to be both environmentally and cost friendly as the construction does not require a huge budget. The mud house under construction on the Aeta Tribe grounds will serve as their dental clinic. Mud houses are naturally insulated. They will be cool in summers and warm during the colder season, which Don Salvador Benedicto is subject to.
Tribe members do not pay much attention to their oral health. They do not have access to medical facilities, especially a dental clinic, in their area. The only health facility available to them is a small clinic nearby. During the event, dental assessments were done by PAED members, followed by corresponding treatments based on the diagnoses.
A total of 200 patients comprising of adults and children, were given dental treatments such as fluoride, art, OP, and tooth extraction. The Aeta tribe members also learned the basics of dental health.