The dental unit is made up of 4 people. Johanna, Hicham, Jean-Christophe and Géraldine are always cheerful despite their sometimes difficult working conditions. Their team is one of those that receive the largest number of patients, and the care they provide can be quite delicate.
Hicham, the only Moroccan dentist, handles the translation: the hardest thing is to put the patients at ease, because dental consultations are rarely pleasant. Despite the language barrier, the dentists manage to clearly understand the patients’ needs. Hicham is a valuable help, and the team very good at explaining, which quickly reassures the patients.
They are treated under local anaesthetic and feel no pain; once they have understood that, their apprehensions disappear, and the exchanges become simpler.
The equipment is carefully sterilized before and after each intervention. And these interventions can last quite a bit longer than expected: patients are not always fully aware of their symptoms, and one extraction often becomes 3 or 4!
The deeper the caravan travels into the remote regions of southern Morocco, the more difficult it is for the local populations to have access to health care. The patients who visit the caravan take advantage of its presence to receive as many examinations as possible. A patient who comes to consult a specific type of doctor generally receives 2 or 3 additional consultations. The volunteers are committed to being as effective as possible, and to provide as much benefit as possible to the people they meet.