An Introduction to Dental Mavericks
Dental Mavericks (DM) is a charitable dental relief organisation registered in the United Kingdom with ongoing operations in Morocco and Lebanon, supporting vulnerable communities. Since 2010, the central mandate of Dental Mavericks has focused on promoting oral hygiene education and practice, and more broadly, making dental care accessible to vulnerable populations.
Our priority is to address root causes and take people out of dental pain. Dental Mavericks also participates in cutting-edge medical research in collaboration with leading dental institutions. In all areas of Dental Mavericks activities, we champion an ethos of high-quality care that is patient-led and dignified.
Our core programmes form the basis for this mission:
- Volunteer programme
- Outreach programme
- DM Clinics programme
Oral Hygiene Research Programme
In 2020 we will have reached over 266,000 beneficiaries through 95 successful outreach projects and Oral Hygiene Programmes with the support of 883 volunteers. This is all achieved with the help of volunteer professionals and a carefully nurtured network of dental supplies donors that enables us to provide care to a high standard.
2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.
They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Oral health of refugees and vulnerable communities is an essential part of the general health and is promoted by Dental Mavericks through the following SDG goals:
SDG 1 No poverty
We reduce out-of-pocket payments by refugees and vulnerable communities for dental care and we reduce their health vulnerability linked to economic, social and environmental events.
SDD 3 Good health and well-being
We enhance access to quality, equitable health care services including dental services. We increase oral health workforce capacity by financing, recruitment, and training of dental nurses.
SDG 10 Reduced inequality
We recognise that migration is a determinant of health and can expose refugees to multiple health risks during all phases of the migration process. Our policies respect refugees right to health to ensure equitable access to health services including dental services.
SDG 17 Partnerships for the goals
We build partnerships by connecting countries and communities to enhance the oral health of refugees and vulnerable communities and we open discussions to include dental care in humanitarian responses. We increase the availability of data on oral health to allow the monitoring of oral health and the implementation of policies affecting the oral health needs of refugees and vulnerable communities.