ASOT is preparing, between September and October, the first mission to Sao Tome and Principe to begin consultations with the needy population.
"The idea is to have a mission per month of six dentists for a week to give consultations and training," explained Helena Rosa, who says that the biggest problem they face now is "the cost of travel."
The 'Smile' project aims to promote the quality of preventive and primary oral health care, promote the access of the needy population to oral health care, contribute to the training of professionals and adapt the infrastructures.
In a second phase, the association intends to equip the Dr. Ayres de Menezes Hospital, also in the island of São Tomé, with dental equipment, and the needs are estimated at 200 thousand euros, after a survey was carried out.
ASOT counts on the collaboration of about 10 dentists, but it is open only to join other dentists, as well as patrons who want to help in what is their first internationalization project.
In its solidarity clinic, in Torres Vedras, in the district of Lisbon, the Association of Charity for Oral Health of Torres Vedras provided about 22 thousand consultations to 3,300 clients, over the last 15 years of activity.