Aktionsgemeinschaft Zahnarzthilfe Brasilien plus (AZB plus)
The Aktionsgemeinschaft Arzt- und Zahnarzthilfe Brasilien plus e.V. (Medical and dental assistance action group Brazil) is a charitable association that was founded in Baden Baden in 1991 by the four german dentists Dr. Schoof, Dr. Wagner, Dr. Pfeffer und Dr. Schmoll. We have made it our goal to provide free humanitarian and dental care to destitute Brazilians.
Until 2011 we have been able to take care for over 700.000 people with more than 100 doctors.
The association constructed a building in a slum area of the city of Cuiabá (in Brazil’s Midwest), for example, in which about 175,000 dental procedures were performed over a 7-year period. As of January 2001, our site of operations has been in Salvador, Bahia (northeastern Brazil). All year round we send German dental teams to health stations in the slums there, where they treat people who would otherwise have no chance of receiving dental care.
Each team, usually consisting of a dentist with an assistant, spends at least 3 weeks on site. We also have a 4-wheel drive dentomobile at our disposal, which we use to visit remote reservations in the Salvador/Bahia region once or twice a year. Larger teams of up to ten experienced members carry out such missions. The costs involved, such as flights, provisions, etc., are borne by the dental teams themselves, but are completely tax-deductible.
In 2011 our charity association renamed in AZB plus started to work in Burkina Faso, Africa. First equipment donations have arrived in a hospital in the north.
Dr. Schmoll performed first oral examinations in november 2011 and is going to develop projects to help the people in cooperation with the Heidelberg University Likewise AZB plus is involved in Anti-Malaria-Programms.
The association finances itself through donations and our old gold collection campaign.
Here are some impressions of our work on-site. All images can be enlarged with a click.