A story about rural dentistry in Nepal

I’ve been following this work for some time now and have been quite amazed by the work Ms. Laura Spero and her team of Nepali dental technicians have been doing in rural Nepal for over 12 years.  Recently, a team of foreign professionals joined the team at four dental clinics to audit the work they have been doing.  Looks like it has been solid work from the outset with the general consensus that the work has delivered “measurably positive health benefits for their patients”.

And even better, the evidence demonstrated “a rigorous foundation for arguing that similar clinics should be incorporated in all 3,000 of Nepal’s health posts”.  Wow.

It’s remarkable what can be achieved when a group of like-minded people have a dream and a plan on how to realize this dream.  Inspiration for us all.

All I can say is, prepare to be amazed when reading this blog post .  And if you can spare the time, I would encourage you to pop into other posts.  They will give you a sense of what it is to live in the rural village of Kaskikot, some eight hours by bus from Pokhara.

Photo credit Laura Spero

Photo credit Laura Spero

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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3 Responses to A story about rural dentistry in Nepal

  1. radchef says:

    How wonderful good seeds grow. Thanks for your inspirational dialogue
    with us. I really enjoy keeping up to date with your news. best, becky

  2. kaskifriends says:

    Hi Kate, thank you so much for following my blog and for sharing our story! Thank you!!!

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