The Maasai Dental Clinic was established by Dr. Ray Damazo in an area of Africa that is located just five miles from the world-famous Maasai Mara National Game Park in Kenya, East Africa. Operated by a nonprofit, the World Health Dental Organization (WHDO), the property has been leased for 33 years at a cost of one dollar per year. It is the only dental facility within 87 kilometers and serves a population of over 100,000 people.
The World Health Dental Organization was established to improve oral health in a vastly underserved area southwest of Nairobi. WHDO is a non-profit, Charitable Trust, 501 (c)(3), organization established in 2005.
A modern, three operatory dental clinic was built in 2008 to serve the more than 50,000 Maasai tribal members. Employing a staff of local Maasai, the Clinic has provided free dentistry for the past 7 years by licensed volunteer dentists, donating their time and skills. Most of these volunteer dentists come from the United States. The dental clinic provides free dentistry to the local Maasai people five days per week.
The Maasai Dental Clinic is a well-constructed building located on two acres of ground surrounded by lawn.
It is contiguous with Siana Springs Lodge which is 15 kilometers from the Sekanani Gate, the main entrance to the famous Mara Game Park.
The first floor of the stone block clinic has three operatories with new DCI units for general dentistry. There are two portable Nomad Digital X-ray units, high speed evacuation, air compressor, a sterilization room, and a lab/storage room to allow for state-of-the-art dentistry.
In the rear of the clinic on the first floor are two en suite bedrooms each accommodating two guests. The manager's apartment completes the first floor.
The second floor is a 1300 square foot apartment for volunteer dentists, which is fully furnished. It has a modern kitchen with granite countertops, an en suite master bedroom, beautiful screened in porch for viewing the surrounding area and wildlife, and wi-fi.
The two acre compound also has a new Safari Tent which sleeps two and has five star accommodations.
The clinic owns a Toyota Land Cruiser which is used both for business purposes and for taking volunteers into the Mara Game Park for viewing the abundant and varied African wildlife.
The first class clinic is protected with a nine-wire electric fence to keep out the local elephants eyeing the inviting surrounding green grass.