AIESEC and IAESTE present Project Amchi2 min read
Manipal: AIESEC, Manipal University (MU) in association with IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) held a press conference at the Utsav Hall of Fortune Inn Valley View Hotel on August 15. The press conference was held to announce the International Evening as well as to present Project Amchi to the media.
The press conference was presided over by Dr. H. Vinod Bhatt, Pro Vice Chancellor, MU and comprised of the creators of the project talking about their experiences in Ladakh.
Project Amchi is collaboration among MU, the European Dental Students Association (EDSA) and Wisdomtooth, a dental volunteer organisation from the USA. It is aimed at educating and increasing the skills of local healthcare providers allowing them to provide basic dental care.
The project was started by Dr. Ritesh Bhattacharjee, an intern from Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCODS) and Mina T. K., Volunteer Work Officer of the EDSA. “The plan for the project was initiated in April 2011. Collaborating with Wisdomtooth wasn’t much of a problem. They were instantly ready to lend their support for the project,” said Dr Bhattacharjee.
On talking to TMJ, Mina T K said, “I am so proud of my delegates since they adapted very well to the tough conditions.” On asking her about the difficulties faced by her during the project, she replied “There were cultural differences but we managed to take out the positives from each other’s cultural backgrounds. I also had problems breathing; however the energy of the group and the spirit of the cause helped me move forward.”
The seven day venture provided direct dental and preventive care, medical screening and acute medical care. The team also investigated the treatment needs of the people in Ladakh and the remote outlying areas such as the villages of Tangtse and Panamik. More than one thousand people were treated during the project.
Ketan Capurian, head of logistics and planning at the site and an intern from MCODS said, “Diminishing water supplies as well as sweet carbohydrates distributed by NGOs are one of the major reasons for dental problems in Ladakh. Throughout the project we had the support of the Chief Medical Officer of Leh as well as the Intelligence Bureau, who was constantly tracking our status. We also had a lot of problems understanding the local language.”
The event concluded with Vishant Kothari, Local Committee President, AIESEC inviting the media present for International Evening; an event organised by MU on August 16, where Project Amchi will be presented.
Alex Chandy, Director, Public Relations, MU; Dr A. Vittaleshwar, Deputy Director, Planning, MU and Mentor IAESTE, IndiaMIT and Tanmay Srivastava, President, IAESTE, IndiaMIT were among the other dignitaries present for the conference.