History of BurmaDent
Following a chance encounter whilst on holiday in Burma (Myanmar) in March 2012, Sharon Bierer and Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen organised a trip to Inle Lake in November 2012 to provide dental care to orphans at the Mein Thauk orphanage. Accompanied by two Burmese dentists, Dr Zar Ni Ye Myint, his wife Dr May Myat San and Mrs Lesley Naismith, senior manager, Software of Excellence, they treated over 1200 patients around Lake Inle.
As a result of this successful trip, Burmadent was registered as a charity (1150468) in the UK in January 2013. Since then volunteers have been treating patients around Rangoon (Yangon) and Lake Inle in the shan province.
In 2014 Burmadent purchased two mobile dental units with two patient chairs per unit. These units will be used to outreach at nursery schools, primary schools and remote areas.
The units consist of patient chair, light, compressor, suction, handpieces, lightcure and autoclave. The additional patient chair will allow for a second dental professional to perform extractions, fluoride varnish and examinations.