In 2020, we opened our first Compassion Community Dental Clinic within the Nyamata District Hospital, located in the district of Bugesera. In 2022 the hospital awarded HHOA with a certificate of achievement for the Best Department of the Year. We are very proud of this accomplishment as we strive to serve our community with excellence.
CCDC is in a district of almost 500,000 people. We serve the community with a team of dentists, dental therapists, interns, dental students, and receptionists. Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, we offer patients a level of care and expertise which is rarely available in a public hospital in Rwanda, yet critically and widely needed. Most patients live in rural villages with limited access to any dental care due to distance, limited financial resources, and lack of awareness of the importance of preventative care. We see many patients with infections, injuries, and other needs that require more complex treatment. Extraction is typically the only option when these patients seek help outside of CCDC. While we provide all levels of care, we are committed to expanding our services so that every Rwandan citizen has access to dental services from simple cleanings to life-saving procedures. As our funding and team grows, additional Compassion Community Dental Clinics will be established at strategic locations throughout Rwanda.
Our satellite clinics are smaller clinics located within the Health Centers operated by the government of Rwanda in remote villages where there is almost no access to dental care. In 2022, we partnered with the Ministry of Health to open our first satellite dental clinic at a Health Center in Ngeruka. We did the construction and provided the dental equipment and instruments, and the Ministry deployed a dental therapist to serve the community. This ongoing partnership gives access to basic dental care including cleanings, fillings, and non-surgical extractions to nearly 100,000 people in the surrounding community, greatly reducing more serious health complications from developing. HHOA will continue to launch more satellite clinics to reach the underserved.
Our dental staff travels with portable dental equipment into remote communities to enable more people to receive crucial care. On average, a Rwandan living in these villages typically travels over 10 miles for medical or dental intervention by walking, biking, or taking a bus. This journey is difficult for children, nursing mothers, the elderly, and those who are disabled. By making access easier, patients who would otherwise forego treatment are given a solution. We serve hundreds of people at a time through our mobile clinics.
Our mobile team also serves at community outreaches which are focused on providing preventative services such as screenings, cleanings, and sealants while also using this time to share the Good News of Jesus. HHOA is committed to sharing the hope and healing of Jesus, both physically and spiritually.