A-dec® Donation Supports African Dental School

Collaboration with Mercy Ships benefits
Guinea’s only public dental school

a-dec mercy shipsFor more than 15 years, A-dec has been a proud supporter of Mercy Ships, a faith-based global organization that provides world-class surgical care free of charge to those in need. As part of that ongoing commitment, the company recently donated several A-dec simulator teaching units, dental chairs, and dental lights to Université Gamal Abdel Nasser de Conakry (UGANC), a unique Mercy Ships collaboration with Guinea’s only public dental school.

As a family-owned dental equipment manufacturer, one of A-dec’s core values is concern for people. A-dec first became aware of the Gamal dental school shortly after announcing a donation of dental equipment to Global Mercy, Mercy Ships’ newest hospital ship which provides care to many countries on the African continent.

Gamal Dental School

a-dec ceo“We are motivated by solving problems so that we can help take care of communities around the world,” said Marv Nelson, A-dec CEO.

According to the World Health Organization, many sub-Saharan African countries face a lack of dental workforce, including Guinea which has only .18 dentists per 100,000 people compared to 61 dentists for every 100,000 people in the United States.

In addition to educating the next generation of dental providers, the UGANC dental program serves between 4,000-5,000 patients each year. A-dec’s most recent donation will support the school and clinic for many years to come.

A-dec’s mission to work for the betterment of dentistry worldwide is well-aligned with Mercy Ships’ efforts to improve the quality of dental education in underreached parts of the globe. As Nelson noted, “The progress we’re able to make toward the betterment of dentistry is strengthened when we partner with organizations like Mercy Ships, who are so committed to enhancing sustainable programs and training in medical, dental, and vision health care.”

Gamal Dental School

A-dec teaching simulators at Guinea’s only public dental school, UGANC

About A-dec

A-dec is one of the largest privately-owned dental equipment manufacturers in the United States, recognized as a global leader in dental solutions. A-dec dental chairs, delivery systems, dental lights, dental furniture, mechanical room equipment, A-dec 360 infection control products, and connected solution platforms embody the company’s mission to work for the betterment of dentistry worldwide. Proudly celebrating its 60th year in business, A-dec has been named one of the top workplaces in the United States, with a longstanding reputation for legendary performance, quality, and reliability. A-dec’s global headquarters is located in Newberg, Oregon, with distribution centers in Nuneaton, United Kingdom and Mascot, Australia. To learn more, visit www.a-dec.com.

About Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development to those with little access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1.3 billion, treating more than 2.61 million direct beneficiaries. The Africa Mercy is crewed by 400 volunteers from up to 40 nations, an average of 1000 each year. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. With offices in 16 nations, Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information visit www.mercyships.org.



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