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T H E G LO B E 2 0 1 6 Only two weeks before the planned visit to the dental project in Nepal last April the country was rocked by an earthquake with a 7.8 magnitude. The dental project which receives contributions from ICD Section II Canada has set up a daily school toothbrushing program under guidance from local dental partners in Nepal. Through financial aid and provision of volunteer dental teams from Australia the project also supports the delivery of clinical dental care to the Bhattedande School villagers and remote communities in the area. Despite breakdowns in communication infrastructure news came through that while nearly all the houses in Bhattedande Village had been destroyed mercifully there had been no loss of life. All the toilets built in our sanitation project survived the shakings. Sadly nearly 9000 people died in Nepal and many more were seriously injured. It is estimated that almost 2 million people lost their homes. FOCUS ON EMERGENCY RELEIF ThevisitdidproceedinMayhoweverdentalplanswereabandoned and our teams focussed on emergency relief work. Two hours after arriving in Kathmandu on May 12 the second earthquake struck. This was 7.3 in magnitude and severe enough to cause further loss of life and damage to already-weakened structures. Nepalese were experiencing grief shock and terrible uncertainty regarding the future. Donated relief funds were used for immediate works to get people throughtheJune-Septemberwetseasonwithafocusonsupporting the construction of stronger houses in the future. The villagers were helped in setting up temporary tin shelters and kitchens and each household received a kit containing basic items such as soap toothbrushes and toothpaste bed sheets cooking utensils and mosquito nets. While the villagers will be living in temporary shelters for some time to come depending on fundraising capacity there is a need to return to some sort of normal routine. The dental work was revived in September with a reinvigoration of the school toothbrushing program and provision of dental camps to Bhattedande Village and other remote villages. IMPACT NE PA L DENTAL TEAM SWITCHES 2 2 Journal of the International College of Dentists