U.S. and Moldovan Dentists Treat Moldovan Children
A team of U.S. dentists and dental students, headed by Dr. Stephen Mackler and Dr.
Burton Horwitz, worked with several Moldovan dentists to treat children from boarding
schools in Ialoveni and Straseni as well as children from the Balti and Chisinau
Jewish centers. Overall, the dentists were able to treat almost 300 children in
just a few days. This most recent trip to Moldova by U.S. dentists is part of the
North Carolina-Moldova State Partnership Program, which was established in 1995.
March 2010 Plastic Surgical mission to Moldova
The partnership between Wake Forea University Plastic Surgery and State Medical
and Pharmaceutical University “N. Testimiteanu“ Chisinau Moldova began in 2003 as
one of many NC-Moldova medical humanitarian initiatives . Faculty members and surgical
residents from each academic center have participated in exchange rotations to the
partner programs for the past eight years. An understanding and appreciation for
the protocols for patient care have been gained by the participants. The lives of
multiple patients have been enriched by the collaboration between the academic facilities
as ideas for improving patient care and surgical techniques are shared, The current
projects involve reconstructive surgery for women who have undergone masteotomius
and children with craniofacial malfomiations. We will continue to participate in
this endeavor and seek to strengthen the exchange with funding that will support
continued educational efforts for faculty and residents for the benefit of the patient.
The March 2010 mission (3/27/10 - 4/3/10) will focus on breast reconstruction for
women who have undergone mastectomy for treatment of breast cancer as well as for
women who suffer from congenital breast deformities. The oncology surgeons have
arranged for patients who meet these qualifications to be evaluated for such a reconstructive
procedure. The Moldova surgeons, Drs. Hotineanu and Ureche, will further their superb
skills for these techniques under the direction of Drs. Argenta and Kingman.
Drs. Silvia and George Railean have arranged a fill consultation schedule at the
pediatric department with Drs. David and Sanger for children with craniofacial malformations
such as ear deformities, craniosynostosis, and plagiocepahly. Dr. Ciobanu will be
assisting with the pediatric consultations as well as filling the role of team leader.
Moldova-NC department leaders plan to meet for further discussion on forrualizing
the partnership between the surgical departments. The goal is to share scientific
ideas and surgical techniques to provide patients in both countries with excellent
first class care on all levels while improving the skill and knowledge that collaboration
of two excellent universities.
U.S. Military Dentists Treat Moldovan
NCNG dentist LTC Glenn Garland directs resident students
Stella Samson Moldova) and Elise Watson (US) while Moldovan dentist Dr. Gabriela
Smolnitchii observes March 2010
Two military dental specialists from the North Carolina National Guard, along with
dentists and dental residents from the University of North Carolina Dental School,
came to Moldova the first week of March to partner with Moldovan dentists and dental
residents from the “N. Testimitanu” Moldova State Medical and Pharmaceutical University.
The visit provided free dental care to Moldovan children residing in the Straseni
and Ialoveni boarding schools. This event is a continuation of a series of yearly
events launched by the Bilateral Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy within the framework
of the North Carolina–Moldova State Partnership Program.
North Carolina Sends Smiles to Moldova
U.S. Ambassador Asif J. Chaudhry and representatives from
the North Carolina-Moldova State
Partnership Dd. Stephen Mackler and Dr. Rick Mumford.
A team of seven American dentists and other medical professionals from North Carolina
visited Moldova in November to meet with their Moldovan counterparts and conduct
seminars and trainings. The visit is part of the North Carolina-Moldova State Partnership
Program, which facilitates exchanges between the people of North Carolina and Moldova
in support of humanitarian efforts and mutual understanding. The Bilateral Affairs
Office of the American Embassy in Chisinau planned and coordinated the visit, as
part of a program of ongoing support for health care events bringing North Carolina
and Moldovan medical professionals and students together to share ideas and improve
the quality of Moldovan healthcare.
Doctors Stephen Mackler and Rick Mumford led the American delegation, which included
dental hygienists who provided training at the Moldovan Dental School clinic, hospice
nurses who spoke to nurses at the oncology hospital, and team visits to orphanages
to evaluate equipment needs and health programs. “It was an excellent, high-quality
visit,” said Dr. Stella Samson, who also expressed her gratitude at the good ideas
the team shared with the dental students. "Our visits are about fostering person-to-person
connections," said Dr. Mackler, who has been leading delegations of North Carolina
volunteers to Moldova for the past nine years.
American Military Dentists Treat Moldovan
Dental care for children in Straseni
From September 14-18, a team of American and Moldovan dentists provided free dental
care to children at the boarding school in Straseni. This event was a continuation
of a series of yearly dental care programs launched by the Bilateral Affairs Office
(BAO) of the U.S. Embassy as part of the North Carolina - Moldova "State Partnership
Program" which began in 1999.
Since 2005, the Bilateral Affairs Office has planned and implemented six dental
care events, with close coordination and support from the U.S. European Command's
Humanitarian Assistance Program, the North Carolina National Guard, military dentists
from the Moldovan National Army, dental residents and dentists from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dental School, and the Dentistry Department of
the Moldova State Medical University. We always try to combine the Moldovan dentists
with their peers from the United States, as it is a good learning experience for
all, BAO Chief LTC Craig Mix stated.
These events allow the American and Moldovan specialists to learn from each other,
share expertise, build relationships, and contribute to the betterment of the Moldovan
state of health. Through the U.S. European Command's Humanitarian Assistance Program,
the Department of Defense invests in the future of Moldova. We hope to foster relationships
as international partners that will give us the ability to combine the efforts of
various ministries, agencies, and military entities towards achieving greater results,
said Mr. Desmond Brooks, Humanitarian Assistance Program Manager from the U.S. European
Military and Civilian
dentists team up to treat Moldovan orphans (April 2009)
Over the course of a week, March 28-April 4, US and Moldovan doctors provided free
dental care to Moldovan children residing in the Ialoveni and Straseni boarding
schools. Five students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School
of Dentistry, together with two practicing dentists – Dr. Burton Horwitz and Dr.
Paul Barrett and four military dental specialists from the North Carolina National
Guard traveled to Moldova to volunteer on this dental mission.
They performed treatments at the two orphanages, at the DiaDent Private Clinic in
Chisinau, at the Central Military Hospital and at the Republican Dental Clinic.
This team effort was aided by Moldovan dental residents from the Dentistry Department
of the “N. Testemitanu” Moldova State Medical and Pharmaceutical University and
Dr. Diana Uncuta, private dentist and associate professor at the Dentistry Department
of the Moldova State Medical University with the support of the university management,
especially Dr. Pavel Godoroja, the Dean of the Dentistry Department. Dr. Uncuta,
who started working with Dr. Horwitz six years ago, continues to support this project
and opened the doors of her private clinic for this mission. Overall, the dentists
were able to screen and treat almost 300 children.
This project was conducted within the North Carolina – Moldova State Partnership
Program and was facilitated by the Bilateral Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy