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Essel is an extracurricular activity group in the dental school of Yonsei University that provides dental services to the community.  Since its establishment in 1971, the Essel Dental Service Team has been the most active group in the College of Dentistry.  During the school year, Essel has provided dental services to alienated areas, community centers, and to foreign laborers in the vicinity of Seoul. In the winter and summer vacations, Essel has also annually provided dental services to rural villages that lack proper dental facilities.  Starting from 1993, a team of twenty to thirty, including dental professors, practicing dentists, interns and residents of the dental hospital, and undergraduates of the dental and the nursing school, has traveled overseas to carry out dental services to remote areas of the World within  the period of seven to eight days during every summer break.  The areas where services have been carried out are as shown below:

 

1993  Philippines
1994  Yanbian, China
1995  Borneo, Malaysia
1996  Uzbekistan
1997  Khabarovsk, Russia
1998  Calcutta, India

1999  Azerbijan
2000  Kompong Chang, Cambodia
2001  Kyrgyzstan
2002  Chiang Mai, Thailand
2003  Rustenburg, South Africa
2004  Myanmar (Burma)

2005  Laos
2006  Java island, Indonesia
2007  China
2008  Fiji
2009 

 

 

 


 

Essel is a self-supported team.  The medication and dental equipment as well as the necessary expenses are donated and provided by our team members, alumnae, dental equipment companies, and by Yonsei University.  Whenever the invitation, location, and the given circumstances warrants, Essel is willing to travel to any area in need of dental care.  Every year, the destination of the overseas services is decided among the various requests around the world.  However, the size of the team and the large amount of equipment that the team brings into and out of the country, formal permission and cooperation from the corresponding country is needed for the trip to be possible. The necessary permission and cooperation needed are as follows:

1.      Formal invitation for dental services from the country
2.      The cooperation of the department of the foreign affairs and/or the embassy of the related country
3.      The cooperation of customs in bringing dental equipment, medicine, and other necessary materials

for the services into and out of the countr  

4.      The permission from the department of health of the country

 

  Affiliation:  Essel Dental Service Team
  College of Dentistry, Yonsei University
  Room 716, 134 Shinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu Seoul 120-752, Korea  

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