Implementation of a Basic Package of Oral Care: towards a reorientation of dental Ngos and their volunteers.
SourceInternational Dental Journal, 56, 1, (2006), pp. 44-48
Article / Letter to editor
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Oral Function and Prosthetic Dentistry
International Dental Journal
SubjectEBP 3: Effective Primary Care and Public Health; NCEBP 7: Effective primary care and public health
Dental NGOs and volunteers working in disadvantaged communities around the world do so with the best of intentions and with high motivation. Regrettably, the impact of this engagement on oral health at the population level remains rather low. This is mainly due to the choice of inappropriate approaches, the failure to integrate their projects within existing health care systems and the lack of sustainability. This paper proposes the concept of the Basic Package of Oral Care (BPOC) as a guiding framework for dental NGO and volunteer activities. The main components of the BPOC (Oral Urgent Treatment, Affordable Fluoride Toothpaste, Atraumatic Restorative Treatment) offer many opportunities for effective, affordable and sustainable activities that aim to improve oral health on the community and population level. Only through a reorientation of dental volunteer services and NGOs towards new roles and activities can a sustained impact on global oral health be possible. Recommendations are given that could help dental NGOs and volunteers in this process of change.
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