Atoifi Adventist Hospital is located in the remote East Kwaio region of Malaita Province in the Solomon Islands. For many years, local people have either no dental services or have had very basic care provided by occasional visiting dentists. This means that many people and children have lived with chronic dental problems, including pain. With the help of Dr. Genna Levitch, an Australian dentist, who spent time at Atoifi after his graduation, and other generous donors, ADRA is building a dental clinic that can be used by a full-time government dentist. The clinic can provide high-quality service in this isolated part of the country.
Sani lives in the small village of Wyfolonga near Atoifi Seventh-day Adventist Hospital at Uru Harbour and she had a bad toothache that had been troubling her for 18 months. She couldn’t eat properly and some nights she couldn’t sleep. It started as a small hole in her tooth, but it just got bigger and bigger until parts of the tooth broke off and then it really started to hurt. All that remained were some stumps left in her gum that were sharp and infected. Then one day she heard that a retired dentist had come from Australia and would be at Atoifi Hospital for two days. She paddled her canoe across the harbour, tied up at the wharf and walked up the hill to the outpatients clinic. Was he still there, would he be able to see her? Dr Levitch was in Atoifi to plan a new dental clinic so there can be a permanent dentist at the hospital. He saw Sani before his plane left and took out the rotted stumps. Sani was relieved. She could live a normal life again! If only Dr Levitch can build his clinic, this would not happen again. Help Dr Levitch to build a much-needed dental clinic by donating today!