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It is estimated that more than 70,000 people have fled to Romania from Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion. (Image: mady70/Shutterstock)
Dental Tribune Romania & Moldova

By Dental Tribune Romania & Moldova

Mon. 7. March 2022

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BUCHAREST, Romania: As Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has continued, humanitarian responses too have intensified, spreading to more and more countries. Now representatives of the Society of Esthetic Dentistry in Romania (SSER) have stepped up to organise various forms of assistance for Ukrainian refugees.

Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, thousands of Ukrainian citizens have been crossing the border with Romania every day. The representatives of SSER, together with members of its student organisation, SSER young, logistically supported by Trident dental clinic and MagnaPharm Romania, both in Bucharest, travelled on 4 March to the busiest border crossing point between Romania and Ukraine, near the town of Siret, to help Ukrainian refugees by distributing urgently needed gear, such as tents and sleeping bags, as well as clothes and oral hygiene products.

Dr Florin Lăzărescu (second to left) and his team travelled to the Romania–Ukraine border to bring supplies to refugees. (Image: SSER)

“I am amazed how our community has stood united and shown solidarity with those in need,” said Dr Florin Lăzărescu, associate director and dentist at Trident and corporate director of SSER. “Over the last seven days, we have seen demonstrations of empathy not seen in years. Hundreds and even thousands of people are offering help to refugees from Ukraine. Also, the authorities have acted effectively and are being very helpful. The Romanian border is wide open to all Ukrainians and so are our hearts. We will continue to help as long as needed, because unfortunately this is only the beginning of the major humanitarian crisis we will face. In coming weeks and months and maybe even longer, more people will need our help, and we need to be prepared for that.”

Through its branches in many cities in Romania, including Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iași, Timișoara, Brașov and Galați, and through SSER members from all over the country, SSER aims to support other efforts to help Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in the country by offering free emergency dental services. Recently, a similar humanitarian initiative was launched in Poland.

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