11/10/2011: EMBASSY SUPPORTS PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER IN NTCHEU- BWANJE ORAL HYGIENE DRIVE
The month of October is National Dental Hygiene month in the U.S., in commemoration Mary Kuhlke who is a daughter of a dentist in the U.S. and currently serving as a Peace Corps serving in Bwanje, Ntcheu decided to conduct an oral hygiene supplies drive for her area, having noted that that many people have little or no knowledge of basic oral dental hygiene which leads to people suffering from multiple problems such as mouth/ teeth abscesses’, missing teeth etc.
The Embassy through its First Secretary (Communications and Tourism), Ms. Yvonne Kalumo rallied the Malawian community and friends in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area to donate oral hygiene supplies for the drive.
One of the biggest supporters of the drive was Dr. Edward Longwe, a Malawian dentist in Washington D.C. who specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. He sourced over 500 tooth pastes and toothbrushes. The drive is expected to provide supplies to over 1000 people.On the question of sustainability of the drive, habit is born out of practice, it is believed that once the locals are taught the importance of oral hygiene, they will see the need and be encouraged to purchase their own tooth brushes and tooth paste when their funds permit.