The Suitcase Clinic is a Berkeley, CA based humanitarian organization. Their goal is to supply health and medical resources to those who can’t afford it. As humanitarians and activists they believe that health is vital to the human experience, and equal access to health will go along way to heal the poverty scourge.
I met up with a couple volunteers at this years CDA Dental Conference in Anaheim, CA. This conference is attended by Dental professionals from all over Southern California. The Suitcase Clinic currently only offers it’s services in Berkeley, but they would love to spread to LA if given the chance. The need is clear.
It would have been nice to see them get more attention at the conference. Colgate, Crest, and Aquafresh had huge booths, with HD televisions, surround sound speakers, that drew lines that many people waited in for a good 20-40 minutes to get some free toothpaste and to hear about how this new line of toothpaste will improve dental hygiene.
The Suitcase Clinic booth was manned by two young college students and a poster depicting the fruits of the organizations labor. When you compare the two it’s clear to see that The Suitcase Clinic deserves more attention. The group was there looking for professionals who would like to donate their time to treat those who cannot afford it, and to spread awareness.
This is the way to fight poverty. Fight the symptoms. Make sure that the most basic services aren’t out of reach of anyone. If you want to help them visit their website. www.suitcaseclinic.org
Also it can’t hurt to think what you can do on your own. You can volunteer at similair places around your house. If you want to be more creative you can even put together very basic health packages (toothpaste, toothbrush, bandages, antibacterial ointment, etc) and give them out to homeless people, or send them to third world countries, and countries suffering from disasters.
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