Source: Dental Tribune
In response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, many humanitarian actions have been taken to help the civilian population. Among them is the Polish dental community’s offer of free urgent dental treatment to Ukrainian refugees. On 28 February, a website was launched with a database of dental offices offering this assistance to Ukrainian refugees who arrived in Poland after the Russian attacks began.
This spontaneous action began on a popular social media channel for Polish dentists. One of the first dentists to offer help was Dr Kazimierz Szulist of Impladent dental clinic in Nakło nad Notecią in Poland. The initiative quickly gained allies, and the list of dental offices ready to welcome those in need is growing very fast.
“It is a simple gesture of solidarity, but very important. Although today it seems that dental assistance may not be the first need for people fleeing Ukraine, we know very well that it may change soon. Adults and children will be in need. Therefore, we have created a website (www.dentysciukrainie.pl) with a map of dental offices offering free dental help to Ukrainian refugees, to help locate the facility closest to where they are staying,” explained Krzysztof Powolny, commercial operations director of eastern Europe, Asia and Australia at the ACTEON Group, the initiator and coordinator of the campaign, in a report by event staging company Exactus. “We have translated the website into Ukrainian, and we appeal to all media, including national and local media, for help in reaching those in need,” he implored.
Almost 50 dental offices in various parts of Poland have already expressed their willingness to treat Ukrainian citizens free of charge. Others can join the project using the form on the website.
The campaign is supported by Polskie Towarzystwo Stomatologiczne (the Polish dental association), the ACTEON Group, Marrodent, MEDIF, Biomedix, Exactus and ewidentniepr.