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AHEAD Vision 2009 and Beyond - www.aheadinc.org
In 2007, Dr. Deborah Tuzo, Orthodontic Surgeon and Coordinator of AHEAD-Bermuda established a partnership between these three entities to establish this life enhancing program which identifies patients in need a facial reconstructive surgery to correct the disfigurement caused by congenital cleft palates and cleft lips.
With this construct, we have established a mechanism where the patients and their families could be brought to Dar es Salam from remote villages under the sponsorship of AHEAD, to undergoing this dramatic and necessary surgical intervention. Dr. Tuzo has found this partnership to be "an extraordinary experience, where by working together, we are able to witness firsthand, the dramatic improvements that our work accomplishes in the lives of these patients and their families. She recognizes that the team approach and partnership between AHEAD and the magnificent doctors and nurses at the CCBRT made our program a profound success. In 2008, AHEAD was able to significantly expand this program to the repair of 20 cleft palates and lips, in addition to the repair of multiple skin wounds and the resection of multiple tumors. One beneficiary of the wonderful work of Drs. Johnson, Tuzo and our partners at CCBRT, is Paulo Julius, a brave 12 year old youth, who notes profound satisfaction and appreciation for the generosity and expertise that was afforded him. Dr. Tuzo appreciates that, "commitment and mutual cooperation is vital to the sustenance to any long term program, and AHEAD believes our investment and delivery of these programs insures healthy productive citizens and future leaders.
Dental Surgeon and Orthodontist, Dr. Deborah Tuzo, Director of AHEAD Bermuda, will be leading a team of 10 volunteers on another trip to Tanzania this July, the purpose of which is to assist young Tanzanians to become more self sufficient.AHEAD Bermuda is the Mid-Atlantic network organisation for AHEAD Inc and was started in 2002 by Dr.Tuzo who after doing her Masters in public health developed an interest in international health.In 2001 she accepted an invitation from the Williams to work with the AHEAD programme for the summer. "It was an awesome and inspirational trip that motivated me to try to do as much as possible for Tanzanians in rural areas," she said of her first trip to Tanzania when she noticed they had limited access to basic health care and clean water. The achievements of AHEAD Bermuda in Tanzania include hospital ward renovation, providing educational scholarships for Tanzanian high school students, working in dental education, AIDS prevention, education in primary and secondary schools and much more.The AHEAD Bermuda volunteers go to Tanzania every two years to do charity work. . Led by Dr. Tuzo,19 Bermudian volunteers went in 2004 and worked in various fields including, medical, dental, education and construction.
Deborah Tuzo, DDS
Board member What Tuzo does for AHEAD: Fundraiser and AHEAD's Ambassador Deborah Tuzo helps AHEAD raise money, and strengthens AHEAD's volunteer efforts in Bermuda. She is a longtime volunteer, and traveled to Tanzania numerous times. Tuzo lives in Warwick, Bermuda where she is an orthodontist. Why she works with AHEAD: "It fills me with gratitude, good will and a determination to improve the lives of others."
Deborah Tuzo, DDS, MPH
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Dr. Deborah Tuzo