You can find STATIMs in just about every corner of the world. If you look in the shadow of the Himalayas, in northern India’s Himchal Pradesh district, for instance, you’ll find one in the village of Dolanji. It is a Tibetan
settlement within the Indian border, some 4,000 feet above sea level and home to the world’s leading Bon monastery, which was re-founded here in 1967.
While some medical care is available in nearby towns, the cost is prohibitive. As such, there is not a lot of preventative care for Dolanji’s 1,000 inhabitants – among whom are 500 children. Since oral health is a key part of overall wellness, the Polish-based NYATRI Foundation that provides aid to the village saw its “Dentist to Children of Tibet” program as the most important of its MediCare Projects.
Initiated and coordinated by Dr. Bartosz Niedziolka, the project sought to equip a clinic to provide the children with much needed dental care. And the more remote the region, the more important proper sterilization becomes. Impressed with STATIM’s proven effectiveness and dependability worldwide, Dr. Niedziolka wanted to ensure the safety of his patients and staff. That’s why, with the help of SciCan, he brought a STATIM 2000 cassette autoclave and an AQUASTAT water distiller on his second trip to the remote village in early 2011.
Working with Dr. Marta Maik, who provided endodotic treatment and was especially loved by the small children, “Baartar” as Dr. Niedziolka is called by his young patients, ran the clinic for two weeks. Each day, the team worked to examine all the children, cleaning plaque, sealing fissures in permanent molar teeth, impregnating cavities in milk teeth and filling cavities with glacionomers and composites and not only for the village children, but also for those in the region.