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Dr Nikoo Bazsefidpay, Swedish dentist and co-founder of non-profit organisation Dentists without Borders. (Photograph: Tandläkare utan gränser)
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Founder of Dentists Without Borders named “Swedish Woman of the Year”

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Dr Nikoo Bazsefidpay, co-founder and President of Dentists without Borders and clinical supervisor at the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery of Karolinska Institutet, has been named “Swedish Woman of the Year” by the Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA). Bazsefidpay will be officially honoured at SWEA’s annual Sweden Dinner, which will take place in Helsingborg from 15 to 17 June.

Born in Iran, Bazsefidpay came to Sweden at the age of 13 and later completed her dental education at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. In 2008, she founded Dentists without Borders, an independent non-profit organisation that works to promote oral health in countries with limited dental resources. In the past, it has sent volunteer dentists on missions to Nepal, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, among others, offering free emergency and preventative dental care and general education on oral health.

“Nikoo’s founding of Dentists without Borders has given old and young people in poor countries access to Swedish dental care, resulting in improved health and a better life,” remarked the SWEA jury on their decision to honour Bazsefidpay. The award includes a grant of US$10,000 (€9,404).

Bazsefidpay told the Swedish Dental Association: “I am honoured to have been selected as ‘Woman of the Year’, but first and foremost, I am happy that Dentists without Borders has been highlighted. I hope we can continue with our work and help as many people as possible in the world.” According to Bazsefidpay, the idea for establishing the organisation was born when she wanted to go abroad to work as a volunteer in her final year of dental school and learnt that an organisation such as Dentists without Borders did not even exist.

More information about Dentists without Borders and Bazsefidpay’s work can be found on the organisation’s website.

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