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.