– Avi Kerendian
Co-Founder and Program Director, GGHTx”
The Dentulu Smiles Foundation, in collaboration with GGHTx, has launched a nonprofit initiative to help support humanitarian efforts throughout underserved communities by bringing telehealth technology to regions that need it most.
GGHTx Clinic in Guadalajara, Mexico. (GGHTx.org)
Countless countries’ current global health affairs are looking dire, with COVID-19 having undoubtedly taken a turn for the worse. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least over a billion people are lacking access to basic healthcare services due to the lack of quality, high cost, and absent availability. In addition, underserved regions are facing shortages of healthcare workers like never before due to an increased spike in population growth. When considering the difficulty involved in manually mobilizing a team of medical professionals, healthcare supplies, and in setting up a basic medical treatment site it is clear as to why rural communities are often the communities hurting most.
As a result, the Dentulu Smile Foundation and GGHTx nonprofit organization have teamed up to work on a telehealth collaboration that connect medical professionals with a proven telehealth platform, which provides remote and immediate accessible care to underserved populations in serious medical and dental need.
“Instead of providing global health support dependent on traditional modes of humanitarian support mission trips, GGHTx and Dentulu will leverage sustainable global health support by enabling telehealth to bring medical and dental expertise to the underserved regions it assists,” Avi Kerendian, Co-Founder, and Program Director of GGHTx, said in the nonprofit’s release statement last month.
The program is set up to connect clinician volunteers at care centers throughout Latin America and Uganda with clinicians at healthcare facilities in the United States to remotely collaborate on examination, diagnoses, and procedural care plans that are in the best interest of the patients involved. Included in the program is a revolutionary, supplementary intra-oral camera produced by Dentulu that acts as an educational tool for patients to be able to provide a “dentist’s view” of their mouth. These FDA-approved oral cameras provide a quick and informative way for clinicians to look at patients’ teeth, gums, and other oral structures that can help improve oral health. At the same time, the global health telehealth Initiative is also launching programs to bring medical supplies, medicines, and health-related educational resources to communities of need in Uganda and Mexico.
“By leveraging the innovative technology we’ve created at Dentulu, we plan to focus on changing and improving as many patient lives as possible through the Dentulu Smile Foundation’s work and those organizations and volunteers we partner with,” said Dr. Arash Hakhamian, CEO, and Executive Director of Dentulu. “We are privileged and honored to combine forces that will bring appropriate medical supplies, while at the same time connecting highly-trained U.S. clinical specialists to support those who lack a basic human right: access to safe and reliable healthcare. We are thrilled to fight for a brighter global health landscape that is equitable and accessible to all.”
About Dr. Arash Hakhamian
Dr. Arash Hakhamian DDS, Co-founder and CEO of Dentulu, comes from a long line of dental and medical professionals. He graduated with College Honors, Departmental Honors, and Latin honors from UCLA and was accepted and went onto graduating from the prestigious USC School of Dentistry with honors with an emphasis on providing care to medically compromised patients. Dr. Hakhamian is a co-founder and board member of the Global Dental Implant Academy, Global Implantology Summit, International Extraction Academy and lectures both Nationally and Internationally on dental surgery, office/business management and marketing. He was recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 dentists in the USA in 2018 by Incisal Edge Magazine and as one of the Top General Dentists in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine in 2018.
Dr. Hakhamian has a passion for international Volunteer work and has traveled to Guatemala, Peru, Brazil, Belize, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Vietnam, Jordon, Colombia and many other impoverished nations providing 100% free dental surgeries/services using mobile dental equipment designed to service underserved populations in remote locations. Dr. Hakhamian is also the founder and organizer for Global Health Summit which takes pre-medical students to 3rd world countries to assist in medical missions. Dr. Hakhamian has been interviewed by Howard Farren from Dental Town for his accomplishments in dentistry and has been invited as a guest lecturer in schools and Universities such as UCLA for the student population. Dr. Hakhamian is an official dentist for the Special Olympics as well as the NFL Alumni Association and also provides mobile dental services to the rich and famous in Beverly Hills including the Saudi Arabian Royal Family and numerous A-list celebrities. In addition to his passion in lecturing to other dentists, Dr. Hakhamian’s dream and passion is to provide increased access to preventative and emergency dental work to millions around the world who cannot travel to dental offices due to old age, handicaps, or limited time. Dr. Hakhamian’s hobbies include learning new languages and salsa dancing and his bucket list is to visit all the modern wonders around the world.