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Nhi Pham with patient

Dr. Nhi Pham, Mukilteo, Wash.: My journey with Medical Relief International began in 2014 after I was introduced by fellow UW dental alums Jeff Parrish (‘79) and Mike Karr (‘80) and Dr. Bill Mays. I desired to be part of an organization that would provide not only dental outreach but maternity and delivery care to the most underserved. I had complications with two of my three pregnancies and this was something very close to my heart. After many years of planning and preparation, the doors to Barikiwa, a medical, maternity, and dental clinic in Maswa, Tanzania opened in 2018. Barikiwa translates to “blessed” in Swahili. In Tanzania, dentists receive additional training to deliver babies. My dental sister, Dr. Ashley Lucas, is the medical and dental director of Barikiwa. Medical Relief International found promise in her after she helped to interpret for a mission outreach many years ago and funded her dental school education. In the last year, Barikiwa has seen 1,230 dental patients, 723 medical patients, and 52 babies have been delivered including a few sets of twins. I was able to get PPE for Barikiwa when COVID-19 hit, and we have delivered 40 babies during the pandemic, but lost two moms in one day because of lack of funds for simple transport issues. I would like my fellow dental alums to know about Barikiwa and the opportunity to not only rescue smiles, but to save lives. I know COVID has hit our dental community hard, but I hope to open your hearts to supporting this valuable cause. If you would like to volunteer or contribute, please go to our website: For more information, contact me at (Fall 2020)


Dr. Nhi-Pham

Dr. Nhi Pham:  I had an amazing dental mission trip to Haiti with Medical Relief International this past March.  We’re looking for some more dental alumni, so show some Husky fever in Haiti next spring.  Check out and get ready to join our dental party overseas. (Fall 2015)


Dr. Jim Taylor, Iraq: I have been selected for an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Wash. This four-year residency will begin in 2011. Now a Major in the Army Dental Corps, I sold my Kennewick, Wash., private practice last year and am currently serving at Victory Base Complex in Iraq. (Spring 2010)