Dental equipment sent to help African island

PUBLISHED: 20:00 06 March 2015

Dentist Iqbal Fazal with some of the equipment Dental Saver are sending to Zanzibar.

Dentist Iqbal Fazal with some of the equipment Dental Saver are sending to Zanzibar.

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A Nailsea dentist has sent a container full of dental and medical equipment to help improve healthcare on an African island.

Iqbal Fazal, who is originally from Kenya, is a managing director for Dental Saver in Clevedon, the UK’s largest pre-owned dental equipment recycling business, and also runs Smilesaver Dental Care in Silver Street, Nailsea.

He has decided to send a 20ft container full of dental and medical equipment to Zanzibar in support of Health Improvement Project Zanzibar (HIPZ), a charity set up by Taunton-based consultant surgeon, Ru MacDonagh, which has developed two medical centres in the region.

Zanzibar, which has an average life expectancy of just 49 years, has one of the lowest doctor to patient ratios in 
the world, with one doctor to every 
50,000 people, compared to the UK which has one doctor to every 400. Medical provision is also very basic with 
inadequate facilities and drug supplies.

Iqbal, aged 56, said: “We are setting up, in collaboration with HIPZ, two dental clinics in Kivunge, Zanzibar.

“The inspiration for the project was our family medical doctor, Dr Jon Rees, from Brockway Medical Centre in Nailsea, who together with Ru MacDonagh, has selflessly contributed his time and skills to assist and help organise the medical clinics in Zanzibar.

“Since I pledged my support my mother has reminded me that my paternal grandfather and his younger brother were both mistreated and finally abandoned by their step-mother after their real mother and father died, so they were orphans in Zanzibar in the early 1900s.”

The 20ft container has taken more than two years to collate but was finally sent out to Zanzibar by sea on Friday.

Anyone with dental supplies or equipment that can be sent to Zanzibar should call Iqbal on 01275 853323 or 343228 or alternatively email ike@dentalsaver.co.uk


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