MELVILLE, N.Y., June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) announced today its commitment to enhance the oral health care of refugees living in Kenya by donating more than $26,000 in oral health care supplies and products to IsraAID, a non-governmental organization dedicated to providing life-saving disaster relief and long-term support in crisis areas around the world. The donation will help equip IsraAID's new mobile dental hospital.
As part of the donation, Henry Schein will donate syringes, gloves, anesthetics, and other supplies to support IsraAID's upcoming dental outreach trip to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, one of the world's largest refugee camps. The donation will provide IsraAID's volunteer oral health professionals with the products they need to deliver high-quality care to the camp's residents, and is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company's global corporate social responsibility program.
"Refugees face many challenges, and accessing high-quality health care is among the most important to their quality of life," said Yotam Polizer, Co-Chief Executive Officer, IsraAID. "We have seen firsthand the negative overall health outcomes associated with neglected oral care, and we are confident that this new mobile dental hospital will greatly enhance our ability to serve the health needs of Kakuma's residents and other displaced people. We thank Henry Schein for its generosity and its company-wide commitment to supporting the health care needs of refugees around the world."
The mobile hospital is equipped to provide a range of treatments, from screenings to surgical procedures, and to provide oral health education to enhance community members' preventive hygiene practices. In early July, the hospital will visit the Kakuma Refugee Camp, which has housed refugees for more than 25 years, and currently has a population of over 180,000 displaced people. Volunteer dentists from the U.S. and local health care workers are expected to treat approximately 100 to 120 patients per day during the five-day clinic. IsraAID then plans to bring the hospital to other areas of the world where the organization provides humanitarian aid.
"Meeting the basic health care needs of people who have been displaced from their homes and communities can serve as a critical building block to supporting other needs and rights," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. "We at Henry Schein have consistently demonstrated our commitment to promoting refugee health, and we are pleased to support IsraAID in its efforts to expand access to oral health care for the men, women, and children of Kakuma."
IsraAID is a leading humanitarian non-governmental organisation, committed to providing life-saving emergency relief and durable solutions for populations affected by natural disasters, epidemics and post-conflict situations. Since its inception in 2001, IsraAID has become synonymous with a rapid response to humanitarian crises. Its medical teams, search & rescue units, post trauma experts, community specialists and other professionals have led international responses in natural disasters and civil strife around the world. After the initial emergency period, IsraAID shifts to long-term programs, all to accompany communities and governments as they strive to build a better tomorrow. As of 2016, IsraAID has responded to crises in 36 countries, and has on-going programs in 15 countries.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs more than 21,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 1 million customers.
The company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items. The company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 32 countries. The company's sales reached a record $11.6 billion in 2016, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein and @HenrySchein on Twitter.
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