• Dental Clinics in Antwerp and Brussels (Belgium)
• Social and Healthcare interface between the Flanders Region and the newcomer
• Sponsoring of Flemish cultural and artistic activities
• State of the art dental care, registered by the official Flemish Health Insurance Scheme (RIZIV)

NGO in our own country

Most of the time a health professional wishing to be active on a humanitarian level needs to go abroad and travel great distances under the guardianship of an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) in order to reach his target group of patients, for example through Medicins sans Frontières, Dentistes du Monde, Dentistes sans Frontières…

In the case of DENTAL CLINICS it is the patients that have moved, largely in cooperation with the authorities, as they represent a vital workforce for the development of Flanders. These migrations can also be the result of the application of international conventions, such as the convention on the free movement on persons within the EU or the right on asylum.

An NGO in our own country ?

The concept is however not revolutionary: since the 19th century, organisations – often religious – have looked after the people living in misery in the third world; whether this is the struggle of Guido Gezelle, or the non-relenting fight by Adolf Daens against the miserable living circumstances of the factory workers and their families ! The latter, by the way, founded the Christian People’s Party and was later elected as representative in the line of the encyclical Rerum Novarum.

But the relative disappearance of the church from our daily lives as well as the modernisation of the social organisation of the country make room for worldly NGOs, such as DENTAL CLINICS.

In particular the RIZIV, the various OCMWs and in some private cases FEDASIL have created a mechanism of undertaking the care of these patients at a social and sometimes even financial level.

However, NGOs had to be found which were prepared to care for these patients. And which were able to communicate with patients who are only at the start of the learning process of the Dutch language.

It is therefore this challenge which has been taken up by DENTAL CLINICS and we have to pay a special tribute to the Belgian and Flemish authorities, which have established a financing system which ensures practically every citizen of a quality health care. In other words, Flanders does not have a ‘dentistry service with two levels’, for certain prosthetic care is obviously considered to be a right and not a luxury.

But in general we can say that the newcomers in Flanders are able to enjoy dental care of high quality, provided by qualified, competent and furthermore multi-lingual dentists.