Toothbrushes for Malawi Drive

09.26.13

Malawi is a country in Sub Saharan Africa that is heavily impacted with HIV/AIDS.Very few Malawians have toothbrushes, or access to dentists and residents often have severe dental problems.These toothbrushes help improve Malawians' dental hygiene as well as limit the amount of HIV/AIDS transmission through sharing toothbrushes infected with blood and bacteria.For a population of 10 to 14 million people, there are only 6 to10 practicing dentists in Malawi.

In conjunction with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's (UNC-CH) dental school which has a dental residency program in Malawi, the SUNY-PAEG (Potsdam AIDS Education Group) is having its fifth, biannual "Toothbrushes for Malawi" drive. For more information, please contact Pat Whelehan at x2048 or whelehpe@potsdam.edu, Campus AIDS Education Coordinator and Professor of Anthropology. Thank you.

How do you donate? Bring your soft bristled adult and child toothbrushes that are purchased both sealed and individually wrapped, and/or travel sized toothpastes to one of the following locations on their corresponding dates and times.

Barrington Student Union
Friday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Community Drive - location to be announced
Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.