Canadian Dentists Provide Aid to Bhutan

Bhutan Dental Mission Team

The Bhutan Canada Foundation is a proud supporter of the Bhutan Dental Mission, a group of dental professionals who provide much needed aid to villagers in Eastern Bhutan.

In 2010 Dr. Andrew Cheng and his team traveled to Bhutan for the first time, helping villagers in the town of Bartsham with their dental needs. Following the success of this first mission the group now plans to permanently install a clinic in Bartsham, Bhutan.

Below is an excerpt from the group’s travelogue:


I ask Andrew how he is doing. “Sore fingers and back,” he says blurringly through the mask. “I can’t believe we have 200 more to see. Why did I let myself get into this?” ” You’ll get your reward through enlightenment,” I venture. He throws a swab (unused) at me. The volunteer assistants we have are 18 years old and have disappeared for a quick break “Peter, come and help”. I grab the saliva sucker but get it in the wrong place. “Further over,” he says testily but then smiles and apologizes. He is feeling the pressure. I ask Tony too. “Pretty focused,” he says. “I have to be.” Nicky shouts patiently, “Next monk please”. ” 20 more coming up,” says Serena. With all these long robed individuals it’s like as I imagine the 12th century to have been.
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In March Bhutan Dental Mission will host a gala event in Vancouver, BC. Proceeds will go toward funding a second dental mission to Bhutan, including nine (9) dental personnel, mobile dental chairs and operating set ups.

Guests of the Gala will enjoy a fabulous cocktail reception, a decadent 3-course dinner, spectacular silent and live auctions, exciting live entertainment and many more fun surprises! You are guaranteed for an enjoyable evening.

Tickets are $150 each. Call 604-765-7605 to get yours!

If you cannot attend but would still like to support the Bhutan Dental Mission donate online today!

See the Bhutan Dental Mission in action. Watch the video of their trip!

Bhutan Dental Mission Documentary from Greg Bartels on Vimeo.