Current programmes

Current programmes

Grants have been awarded for periods of between one and three years for the following initiatives:

A three-year pilot project is being implemented by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Tanzania; with the overriding aim of strengthening the school oral health programme. This involves communities in Tanga (eastern zone) and Mbeya Urban (Southern Highlands zone) where school health coordinators and teachers are being trained to deliver a ‘package’ of oral health promotion measures. The project is being evaluated, and if it proves to be successful, the Ministry of Health is looking to apply this model in other parts of the country, with schools participating in the pilot project becoming ‘centres of excellence’ to help roll out the programme.

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.

A grant was also awarded to Vilnius University Hospital to undertake a national oral health survey in Lithuania. The survey is being carried out in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Work is well underway; a total of 2,700 examinations will be conducted across 15 sites. Six age groups will be involved: 3, 5, 12, 15, 35-55, and 65-74-year-olds.

We are providing 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 has 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, this survey aims to:

  • Assess the caries prevalence in primary dentition of preschool children (2,3,4,5 years old)
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of using fluoride vanish and SMART restorations as preventive measures in these children.The survey will be undertaken between November 2016 to November 2018, on approximately 1,000 children attending kindergartens in rural and urban locations in Vinh Phuc Province.

To date children have received two annual dental examinations and data have been collected from parents using a structured questionnaire. Over 1000 children have been examined and preventive treatments have been applied where necessary. The final data collection is due to take place in November 2018.

Current programmes