The FDI World Dental Development Fund (WDDF), established in 1999, supports innovative oral health initiatives in communities all around the world. The fund is committed to back projects with clear objectives to promote and improve oral health and prevent oral diseases in limited-income areas with oral health needs.
In 2022, FDI extended its support through the WDDF to a transformative initiative by the Tanzania Dental Association. The project aimed to improve the oral health of over 3,000 children in the country. Keep reading to learn about the project’s remarkable outcome.
Empowering Tanzanian schoolchildren with essential oral health care
The Tanzania Dental Association initiated a project in the Mbeya and Tanga regions with the objective of enhancing oral health awareness and providing essential oral health care to primary school children aged 7 to 12. This endeavor unfolded over two phases: from 28 March to 10 May, and then from 18 October to 11 November 2022. The project focused its efforts on six carefully chosen primary schools, spanning from Standard I to VII.
The project was carried out in collaboration with the Mbeya and Tanga College of Health and Allied Sciences - Dental therapists training schools. It focused on delivering essential treatment to primary school children suffering from dental caries and periodontal diseases. Notably, the project also served as a valuable training platform for third-year dental therapy students, allowing them to perform basic procedures for the children. An impressive total of 118 dental therapy students enthusiastically participated in this outreach effort, with 70 coming from Tanga and 48 from Mbeya.