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Help a team of 10 Stony Brook University dental students travel to Madagascar to provide much needed healthcare and education.
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The Madagascar Ankizy Fund (MAF)

Ankizy is the Malagasy word for "children". This organization was started in 1998 by Dr. David Krause, a world-renowned paleontologist and anatomy professor at Stony Brook University. Through hard work and generous donations, the MAF has helped build 5 new schools and provided healthcare through temporary clinics in rural areas of Madagascar to foster education and health in order to provide an opportunity for a better life.

Dental Outreach Team

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world. It has a population of 17.4 million people with more than half being children. 75% of Malagasy people live below the poverty line. Malnutrition, diarrhea, respiratory infections, and malaria are leading causes of death in Malagasy children.

Every year, for the past 16 years, a team of dental students and faculty have traveled to Madagascar to provide much needed health care for the Malagasy people.

  • This year, our team consists of 10 dental students and 3 faculty all from Stony Brook University on Long Island

  • We will be embarking on a month long trip to Madagascar in June 2014 to provide dental care and education to thousands of children and adults
  • We will be working day-in and day-out, through harsh and grueling conditions, to provide as much care as we can during our short stay
  • Your contributions will allow us to provide life-changing care to the people of Madagascar by helping to cover travel costs, dental supplies, and educational materials

The Impact

There are only 9 physicians and 2 dentists for every 100,000 people in Madagascar:

  • We must bring the medicine to the Malagasy people living in these remote areas
  • Patients often walk for days in scorching weather just to reach our clinics
  • Many show up at the clinic with severe and life-threatening infections
  • Untreated tooth infections can spread to the face, nose, neck, and bloodstream

  • Past Missions: In the past 16 years, more than 7,000 Malagasy children and adults have been treated by our dental outreach teams. These are patients who would have otherwise never received care

What We Need & What You Get

Traveling to Madagascar with all our dental supplies is extremely expensive. We are fortunate enough to have received some donations already, but our group needs your help to raise the remaining $8,000. These funds will go towards:

  • Travel Costs - each flight alone is $2,000 per person and it takes us 2 full days to reach our clinic site in Madagascar
  • Dental Supplies - we carry all our dental supplies with us from the US. Your support will go towards purchasing vitamins, toothbrushes, toothpaste, anesthetic, sutures, gauze, and gloves

Any contribution, no matter how small, will make a huge difference. Even if we do not reach our goal, every bit helps us. We do our best with the limited supplies we have, but your donation will allow us to treat that many more patients.

Other Ways You Can Help

  • Help us spread the word about our outreach mission
  • Promote awareness about the lack of education and access to healthcare in Madagascar

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  • $25USD
    Twitter Thank You

    Your name and a thank you will be posted on our Twitter account @AnkizyDentalSBU

    1 out of 40 claimed
  • $75USD

    Receive a Madagascar themed T-shirt. Your name and a thank you will be posted on our Twitter account.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $100USD
    Coffee Mug

    Receive a Madagascar themed coffee mug. Your name and a thank you will be posted on our Twitter account.

    4 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $500USD
    Madagascar Vanilla Beans

    You'll receive a bundle of fresh vanilla beans from Madagascar along with instructions on how to use them to make vanilla bean extract. Your name and a thank you will be posted on our Twitter account.

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $2,000USD
    Custom T-Shirts + Photo

    Custom T-shirts will be made thanking the donor for making our trip possible (please provide your name). A photo of the group wearing the T-shirts will be taken in Madagascar and sent to the donor upon return to the US. The T-shirts will be given to children who visit our mobile clinic. Donors will also receive a handful of vanilla beans along with instructions on making vanilla bean extract. Your name and a thank you will be posted on our Twitter account.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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