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UWC dentistry partner honoured by Queen

UWC Dentistry partner honoured by Queen

Dr Linda Greenwall, a former Cape Town dentist and UWC partner (now living in the UK) has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her work improving dental health in poor communities around the world.

She was honoured for her work with the Dental Wellness Trust and the Live Smart programme which she began in 2011 to reach just a portion of the 75%  of the world population who not have access to toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap.

“The right to oral health is a basic human right - and because of poverty many people do not even have their own toothbrush,” said Greenwall, who approached the University of the Western Cape’s Faculty of Dentistry to collaborate on three research programmes on bringing dental health to the poor.

A mother of four sons, Dr Greenwall said receiving the award was “very exciting, a big surprise”, and added that she was “humbled and honoured at being recognised by the Queen”.

Besides UWC, Greenwall’s Trust is also assisted by Afrika Tikkum Services and Ikamva Labantu, 160 teachers and 27 volunteers in Mfuleni, who assist some 10 000 children with tooth brushing and hand washing.

Greenwall and UWC also have plans to build a Children’s Dental Clinic in Mfuleni - any assistance with funding would be welcomed.