Partners shares the secret of a longer life: healthy teeth

By October 7, 2013

Thailand (MNN/PRD) — Did you know flossing can increase your life expectancy?

Studies have shown that oral health is directly linked to overall general health and quality of life. That's why Partners Relief and Development was thrilled to receive a request for dental hygiene training from migrant workers living in the Chiang Mai community.

Shortly after receiving this request, they were blessed with a group of volunteers who had backgrounds in the dental field. These volunteers trained Partners' community leaders at SEED Migrant Centre about the importance of regular brushing, the realities of plaque, and other basic hygiene essentials.

Today, the community leaders hold training sessions and spread their knowledge of dental hygiene throughout multiple migrant worker communities in the Chiang Mai area.

A portion of Partners' healthcare ministry to the people of Burma includes the training and support of indigenous health workers. They help provide health infrastructure for struggling Shan communities in border areas near Thailand, as well as in the Karen state.

Caring for the physical needs of refugees often opens the door for Partners' staff and volunteer workers to share the hope they have in Christ.

The SEED Migrant Centre, mentioned above, focuses primarily on Shan communities living in Thailand. With the help of volunteers, it offers trainings and practical help in the areas of social, educational, and physical well-being.

According to an update on Partners' Facebook page, some students drive for an hour just to attend English classes offered by SEED. For other students, this is the first educational opportunity they've had, due to the high cost of education in the Shan state.

Want to learn more about Partners and their work in Burma? Click here to visit their Web site.

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