Grants have been awarded for periods of between one and three years for the following initiatives:
A three-year pilot project was being implemented by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Tanzania; the overriding aim was to strengthen the school oral health programme. This involved communities in Tanga (eastern zone) and Mbeya Urban (Southern Highlands zone). The school health coordinators and teachers in these regions were trained to deliver a ‘package’ of oral health promotion measures.
We have worked closely with the Ministry of Health and Sports in Myanmar to assist with the conduct of the first national oral health survey in the country. It covered five age groups: 6, 17, 15-18, 35-44 and 65 years and extended to all 15 of the country’s administrative divisions. The survey was considered to be a great achievement, given that a high proportion of people live in rural areas, in many instances, in remote communities. The outcomes will be used to inform the review and development of a national oral health strategy.
A grant was also awarded to Vilnius University Hospital to undertake a national oral health survey, involving six age groups: 3-, 5-, 12-, 15-, 35-55, and 65-74-year-olds, in Lithuania. The survey was carried out in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Over 1,300 children and 1,400 adults have been examined and it is hoped that the results will soon be published.
We provided support to North Richmond Community Heath (NRCH), Melbourne, Australia, to assist with its work in Timor-Leste, and more particularly, for the evaluation of a school oral health promotion programme for children aged 6 – 12 years that has been developed in collaboration with several agencies. Importantly, the scheme had the endorsement of the Department of Oral Health and the Timor-Leste Dental Association. The overriding aim is to provide the necessary evidence for the intervention to be incorporated in the National Oral Health Program and thereby rolled out across the country.
In Palestine the Ministry of Health is seeking to establish a comprehensive oral health programme for children in primary schools. We are providing support for an intervention that will be piloted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over a period of two years. If the outcomes of the evaluation prove favourable, the Ministries of Health and Education will consider wider implementation of the scheme as an integral part of the health promoting schools programme.
In Vietnam, caries preventive measures are only applied in the permanent dentition. Therefore support was provided for a survey that aimed to, assess the caries prevalence in primary dentition of 2-,3-,4- and 5- year-old children and evaluate the evaluate the effectiveness of using fluoride vanish and SMART restorations as preventive measures in these children. The survey was conducted on approximately 1,000 children attending kindergartens in rural and urban locations in Vinh Phuc Province. The data have been collected and are now being analysed.