VOLUNTEER dental group Smiles for the Pacific will carry out free dental work for locals in the Western Division from this week.
This comes after the group successfully conducted several scooping missions in Fiji over a two-year period.
Last year, a Memorandum of understanding was signed between the group and Ministry of Health.
The dental co-ordinator for the group, Miliana Hawea, said this partnership resulted in the refurbishment of a dental surgery, treatment and training centre within the confines of Lautoka Hospital's dental department.
"As such, Smiles for the Pacific will operate from this surgery utilising the expertise of rotating group of dental professionals from New Zealand," she said.
"As part of the project, the group will provide free dental treatment, especially those cases which may be too difficult for the local dentists.
"In doing so, they will share the knowledge of the local practitioners and upskill them.
"The group will also send dental specialists who are able to mentor local dentists in other expert dental procedures."