Serbia: Mobile Dental Clinic

The Only Mobile Dental Clinic: Q4 2018

February 01, 2019

Mirko Rudić, Dr. Dragana Marković, and the RMF Balkans Team

Mobile dental clinic daily activities

Mobile dental clinic daily activities

RMF’s Presence in the Balkans

Reaching Needy Refugees

Since January 2016, RMF Balkans has been responding to the refugee crisis in Serbia by providing comprehensive protection and medical services to persons of concern. Our teams began by working 24/7 throughout the Belgrade city center, and when most refugees and migrants in the area were relocated to refugee camps, RMF Balkans and its medical services moved to the camps along with our patients.

The Only Mobile Dental Clinic

Steps Towards Health and Integration

RMF Balkans has been implementing the Mobile Dental Clinic Project since July 2018. To date, this is the only mobile dental clinic in Serbia. Over the last three months, the dental team, which consists of one dentist and one dental nurse, saw 591 patients and performed approximately 6 dental procedures and interventions per day.

Dental care for migrants and refugees has been largely overlooked in the previous years of the migrant crisis, and they were unable to obtain adequate dental care during their stay in Serbia as, according to the law, they were entitled to only emergency dental interventions. Recognizing the urgent need for dental care at Obrenovac Reception and Transit Centre, RMF Balkans launched the Mobile Dental Clinic Project.

RMF Balkans is proud to be the very first organization to address the refugee and migrant population’s urgent need for dental care. With the opening of the RMF Mobile Dental Clinic, persons of concern have been given the opportunity to receive comprehensive dental care, which is a step towards better health and integration of the refugees and migrant population. RMF Balkans is excited to continue working on this project with our partners, the Ministry of Health and the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration. One key goal is to inform and educate project beneficiaries on the importance of oral hygiene.

The dental clinic is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The staff is employed through the Obrenovac Health Centre, and RMF Balkans finances their salaries, dental equipment, materials, and medicines. With this project, we have achieved great cooperation with the government sector. Moreover, RMF Balkans also provides basic dental care to the local population employed at Obrenovac Reception and Transit Centre when needed.

  • Provide comprehensive dental care for all refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers in Obrenovac Reception and Transition Centre.
  • Inform project beneficiaries about the importance of oral hygiene and educate them on best oral hygiene practices.

In order to address the urgent need for comprehensive dental care among refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers at Obrenovac Reception and Transit Centre, RMF Balkans opened a mobile dental clinic, the first of its kind in Serbia.

The RMF-supported dentist and dental nurse see 20 to 30 patients per day and perform preventive examinations, fillings, extractions, repairs, and other treatments. The dental team is also dedicated to educating project beneficiaries on the importance of oral hygiene.