In Jonesboro, AR, our quality dental care options are so plentiful that we can reach out for services and find what we need. But in other parts of the world, even the most basic medical care is challenging to locate. This is especially true in rural parts of the developing world.
Sparse populations in remote locations over terrible roads all contribute to hamper access to affordable medical care. International Medical Relief (IMR) was founded in 2002 to help resolve this crisis. Their mission is to provide health care services and education to underserved communities around the world, all to “improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those populations most in need.”
Why Dental Care Is Vital to Developing Communities
Most dentists agree prevention is the cornerstone of good dental health. Those conditions which become serious dental problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease, often start as minor problems correctible through simple dentistry performed by qualified professionals.
IMR works by partnering with service-minded medical providers in the United States and other parts of the developed work to transport them in teams to places worldwide. In these communities, IMR volunteers work with local leaders to provide clinics in whatever facilities are available.
How Dr. Anthony Bartels Serves
Dr. Bartels is proud to serve his worldwide community through organizations like the IMR, traveling thousands of miles to distant parts of Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Honduras. But to enhance his contribution, each of Dr. Bartels’ children has also volunteered on his recent expeditions. This way, he can demonstrate how vital it is to serve our neighbors, both near and far. As a team, they provide medical care for acute illnesses and also provide education and supplies for future preventative maintenance.
Haiti and Puerto Rico
In 2015, Dr. Bartels traveled to Haiti with his son Will. Even though the 2010 Haiti earthquake had happened years earlier, many Haitians still struggled to find primary healthcare. His most recent trip was in 2021 to Puerto Rico with his daughter Caroline.
Dr. Bartels’ team provided treatment and care in each location without the amenities we take for granted. For example, you probably don’t even think about how much easier a dental chair makes your visits until you witness treatment at a picnic table. Unfortunately, these were the conditions on the trip to Puerto Rico. But you can see how the volunteers made it work.
The Honduras mission trip was to a rural mountainous area with Cape CARES, another non-profit that provides many types of medical care in Honduras. According to their website, Cape CARES “has treated over 156,000 people for various dental, medical, optometric and chiropractic problems”. Dr. Bartels traveled here in 2017 with his son Walker, offering care in the open air to patients of all ages.
Dental Missions in Jonesboro, AR
Dr. Bartels and his entire team know the value of serving those in need. As part of our core values, you know that we will also help your needs with kindness and integrity along with a warm, personal touch.