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Fábio Bibancos

Fábio Bibancos is a Brazilian dentist, President of the Instituto Bibancos de Odontologia, a social entrepreneur, and author of four books on dentistry. He runs two renowned and respected multidisciplinary clinical dentistry units based in São Paulo and in Rio de Janeiro, and was the first in Latin America to win the ISO 9001 Certificate of Quality since 2000. He founded TdB in 2002, and is the volunteer President and leader of the NGO. Since 1997, Fábio has worked in the non-profit sector, working to convince dentists that their skills can transform the lives of millions of poor people.

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TdB (Turma do Bem)
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Model
Hybrid Social Enterprise
Sectors
Global Health; Social Innovation; Entrepreneurship
Headquarters
Brazil
Areas of Impact
Latin America, Europe, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal

TdB (Turma do Bem)

TdB (Turma do Bem) is working to transform oral healthcare. Through its Dentista do Bem (Dentist for Good) programme, children from low-income families are provided with free dental care until the age of 18. The programme selects young people in public schools for treatment if they are below the poverty line, seeking employment and have poor oral health. A main feature of the business model is its effectiveness and high social return, with low cost. The office in São Paulo follows up all cases and forwards the results to municipal coordinators, so dentists see how they are affecting the lives of these young people.

TdB mobilization activities and its network of dentists change public policies by distributing oral hygiene kits, encouraging the production of generic toothpaste, and others efforts. TdB aims to provide poor people with access to the best tools in a dentist’s toolkit: toothpaste, toothbrush and dental floss.

Dentista do Bem is the largest volunteer dentistry programme in the world (17,100 volunteers), creating recognition and incentives for dentists who participate. Some 71,100 people have been impacted by its work. In addition, its innovative management model guarantees an excellent use of resources: TdB is one of the five organizations with the greatest social impact in the world. Based on its experience in 14 countries, social exclusion due to lack of oral hygiene is widespread throughout the world. Thus, TdB has no limits on its growth. It can expand to any region with private dental clinics and at least one volunteer dentist. Its allies are: dentists, who can become volunteers; the press, which brings this discussion to society; the supporters of the dental industry interested in the relationship with this network of dentists; and the awards that channel our work, bringing credibility.