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Oral Health Research Initiative in Africa

$15,961
53%
Raised toward our $30,000 Goal
50 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 01, at 01:00 AM EST
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Oral Health Research Initiative in Africa

The video above shows the girls at SEGA Girls' School in Morogoro welcoming the College of Dental Medicine team.  In addition to our work with Aids Orphans in the Kitui District outside of Nairobi, CDM will be expanding oral health efforts to Tanzania and Uganda

With only one dentist for every 42,000 people, Kenya falls far below the World Health Organization’s recommendation of one dentist for every 7,000 people.  A recently concluded high level Oral Health Summit organized by Columbia University College of Dental Medicine suggests that oral health needs are high but resources, policy and infrastructure are inadequate.

This project aims to develop, implement, and test oral health interventions and training for lay health workers, nurses and physicians assistants in slum clinics. Dental students will be collecting data to influence policy and to improve oral health and related quality of life in Kenya by integrating dental care into the countries’ health prevention and education initiatives. The information collected will be used to inform policy in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania which share similar socio-political structures.

A multidisciplinary group of students (dental, public health, medical, nursing and University of Nairobi) will work collaboratively to address oral health in an intergenerational village that targets 1,000 AIDS orphans and 100 foster grandparents in Kitui District outside Nairobi. Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is working with all four schools on the CUMC campus and the University of Nairobi School of Dental Sciences to address oral health and healthcare in Kenya.

We need your help to expand our work and sponsor Columbia University College of Dental Medicine students to participate in the Oral Health Initiative in Africa for eight weeks.

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$25

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Thanks for your donation! Keep an eye out for a "thank you" email from us.

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$100

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Thank you! With your gift, we are able to provide oral hygiene supplies for patients. Look out for a personalized "thank you" Facebook post from College of Dental Medicine!

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$250

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With a $250 donation, you've provided many smiles for our patients. We would like to show our appreciation with a downloadable photo.

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$500

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We're so grateful for your gift! Your contribution is paying for a Columbia University student to make a difference in a community. To say thank you, we would like to send you a personalized letter of appreciation from one of our students.

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For such a generous donation, we would like to offer you all the gifts above and our eternal gratitude.

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