- targets an area
- sources a location - preferably but not always indoors - large enough to host a clatter of volunteer health-care professionals
- recruit the care-providers to rock up, gloved-up and ready to do a day's pro bono.
- print enough counters with sequential numbers to keep everyone busy
- at midnight on the day of action they start handing out the numbers to those in need
- you can have either dental or optometric not both
There are no reservations, you have to be there to get your chit. If you arrive well before midnight you chances of getting seen are increased. I guess it's not very dignified to camp out for a night: you have to need the treatment you are going to get. RAM recommends that you look at the weather, dress appropriately, bring iron rations and something warm to drink, because it could be a long wait a) to get the precious number and b) to get your bottom in the dentist's chair.
Stats: 740,000 people treated since 1985, of which 38,000 were adults in 2017 USA. In the US, it costs [2017 accounts] the organisation about $90 per treated adult but they deliver care that would cost $300+ in the open market. The gap being made up by the fact that the professionals are having a bus-man's holiday. For which much respect. As previously to David Nott and my pal Mac the Knife and The Boy's pal Christine.