A Taiwanese dentist recently donated a complete set of portable dental equipment to the Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute (DKCLI) in Chauntra, India. This gift will greatly complement the health center now in operation on the Institute’s grounds. A [intlink id=”2275″ type=”post”]slideshow[/intlink] of photos shows the progress at the clinic.
The convenient dental set includes high-speed and low-speed hand pieces, scaling machines with Cavitron tips that help dentists to provide basic dental care. The equipment is brand new and similar to the many sets sent by Tzu Chi Foundation* (www.tzuchi.org) to countries in need all over the world.

Nikki Keefe, a volunteer nurse from Australia, welcomed the Taiwanese sponsors. “I had the great privilege to be working at the Health Centre when the Taiwanese party first arrived to set up the dental clinic,” she says. “They offered the most incredible dental service to the monks, working morning to night, not only doing checkups, cleaning, fillings and extractions but also teaching the monks about good dental hygiene and flossing. Good, affordable dental care and dentistry is very hard to come by in rural Himachal Pradesh so consequently many of the monks have poor dentition and gum disease, so this service and the dental kit that the Taiwanese dentists are offering is invaluable and will have a big impact on the health of the monks.”

The dental set will be delivered to the Institute in June when a group of dentists, Chinese medical doctors, and related personnel will visit the Institute to provide additional free medical care. This is the group’s second trip to the Institute this year, and their services will extend to the nearby monasteries and villages in addition to the 600 monks and teachers of the Institute. Their visits are arranged by students of Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk in Taiwan. (Choskyi Jungne Buddhist Center 正法源學佛院 www.chokyilodro.org ) In addition, another group of Taiwanese sponsors has generously donated 50% of the funds needed to endow the ongoing operation of the DKCLI Health Centre. The Health Centre was established last year to assess the health status of the monastic population, provide basic health care, establish health programs such as vaccination and immunization, and improve the monks’ general education about health care, nutrition, and hygiene. The Health Centre now has a full-time nurse, and western and Tibetan doctors visit weekly. A hepatitis immunization program was successfully implemented during the year.

* Tzu Chi Foundation (慈濟功德會) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1966 by Dharma Master Cheng Yen in Taiwan. A volunteer-based spiritual as well as welfare organization, Tzu Chi’s missions focus on giving material aid and inspiring love and humanity in both givers and receivers. Today, Tzu Chi is an international organization with over 5 million supporters and over 30,000 certified commissioners around the globe. www.tzuchi.org

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