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The cost for a complete oral health treatment is in average USD 7000. With the project “Dentista do Bem” the same treatment would cost in average USD 55, because each volunteer becomes a personal donor of his own work and materials. The annual budget of TdB in 2010 was USD 880,000, only USD 55 per child. In the market, the total cost to offer the 16000 treatments is USD 112,000,000. Being a completely volunteer based program, Dentista do Bem provides services to their beneficiaries free of charge.
* Between 2009 and 2010, the number of volunteers increased from 7,000 to 8,000. The number of beneficiaries also increased by 4,000 during the same time period. This means the program is able to reach more children.
* From 2011-2012, project Dentista do Bem gained 4,000 more dentists, providing a total of 14,000 dentists associated with the program. Furthermore, the project has expanded to Panama, thus operating in 12 countries.
* Since the implementation in 2002, 100% of the program’s target population will receive free dentistry treatment, with most of their oral problems being solved before they reach 18 when the time period for dentistry coverage ends. (Target population defined as low-income youths aged between 11 to 17 years)
In 2010, A “Green Dentist” (Dentista Verde) initiative was launched where all dentist volunteers were shown how their practices could be more responsible. In the same year, all the Dentistas do Bem received the Clean Dentist League (Liga do dentista limpo) a book on biosafety practices
* As of late 2012, less than 1% of our beneficiaries quit the project. Normally, this occurs because of family issues like moving another city, personal problems etc.
* The program establishes their 50 top dentist volunteers who are ranked by the number of beneficiaries they attend. In 2012, interviews showed that 99% of the beneficiaries reported being “very satisfied” with the Dentista do Bem services provided by these volunteers from treatment to education on prevention.
* The number of volunteers in 2009 was 7000 and 12000 treatments were offered: an average of 1.7 beneficiaries per volunteer. In 2010, we had 8000 volunteers and 16000 beneficiaries. With the 15% increase of the rate, our numbers show not only an increase of the number of volunteers, but also more motivated volunteers, willing to take care of more children.
* In 2010, more than 200,000 children have passed our oral screening. From these exams, a total of 4,000 children will receive free dental treatment until they turn 18.
* In 2011 project dentista do bem had more than 10,000 dentists and 22,000 beneficiaries. In 2012, those numbers increased to 14,000 dentists and 30,000 beneficiaries.
* As of 2012, in Brazil, the health system does reach their full demand. In a public hospital, the patient could wait for months to get treatment, if any at all. At TdB, once the child is selected and approved by the parents, they are immediately connected to their new dentist. However, if there is no vacancy int he area of the beneficiary, the child is entered into a waiting lust until a new position is open.
* Furthermore, the use of an internal call center, means a file is prepared and kept so that each beneficiary is updated on a regular basis. Patients are divided dependent on their status of: “new”, “under treatment” and “in control”. Regular follow up occurs by phone, email and letter so that treatment follow up time has been shortened by four months between 2011 and 2012.
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