Winners of World Dental Development Fund announced

4 November 2022

As part of its ongoing commitment to championing global oral health initiatives, the FDI World Dental Federation, of which the ADA is a key active member, has showcased projects in Nigeria, India, Kenya and Tanzania committed to improving oral health and preventing the occurrence of oral health diseases.

All four projects have been awarded US$10,000 each through the World Dental Development Fund (WDDF) [ ] which aims “to improve oral health globally, primarily through the establishment of innovative prevention and access programs in disadvantaged populations.”

Beginning its work in 1999, the WDDF works across the globe backing projects that places a special emphasis on serving limited-income areas with oral health needs.

The four key projects awarded funds this year are: 

Upscaling the Whole Mouth Health Advocacy and Capacity Building project based on Vision 2030 for Sugar Control in India 

Driven by the Indian Dental Association (IDA), the main goal of this project is to reduce the dietary sugar intake of the Indian population by developing a critical mass of advocates for sugar control in India. This project was developed after FDI conducted the Vision 2030 capacity building workshops jointly with IDA in Mumbai, which led to the development of the Mumbai Declaration on Sugary Drinks and Healthy Food. The secondary goal of this project is to facilitate sugar advocacy in dental colleges in underserved areas of Maharashtra state in India.

Integrating Oral Health Care into Primary Health Care: Training Community Health Workers in Kiambu County-Pilot Programme 

The Kenya Dental Association (KDA) is running a pilot programme in Kiambu County, one of the 47 counties of Kenya to train community health volunteers with the main goals to improve Oral Health knowledge among Community Health Volunteers, enhance oral health promotion, and prevention and early detection of oral disease among communities. Addressing such gaps within the community is vital to achieving optimal oral health.

Oral health interventions in nursing mothers to prevent severe early childhood caries in Nigerian children

The winning project of the Nigerian Dental Association is focused on oral health interventions and early childhood caries (ECC). It aims to determine the effect of oral health interventions on the incidence of ECC in Nigerian children aged 2 years, as well as assess ECC occurrence in children after oral health intervention. Another goal of this study is also to evaluate the association between the age of mothers, sex of child, socio-economic status, and presence of caries in mothers and occurrence of ECC.

Common risk factor approach for improving early childhood oral health and malnutrition in preschool children in Kalpetta, India

Another project of the IDA was crowned winner of this year’s WDDF. The project on ‘common risk factor approach for improving early childhood oral health and malnutrition in preschool children’ aims to prevent early childhood caries (ECC) by promoting healthy nutritional practices amongst mothers of young children to improve the quality of life and educational potential of children from birth through their adult years. The programme utilizes an innovative, low-cost, and effective community-based prevention intervention, which includes: education on nutrition and oral hygiene for community health workers, teachers, parents and children; toothbrushes and toothpaste for all 2–3 times per year; and dental exams with referral to dental treatment as needed.

The preliminary results of the intervention have been very promising and there is considerable scope to develop a model for low-cost community-based oral preventive programmes to reduce ECC based on this research outcome.

Kinywa Changu Project (Tanzania)

The winning project of the Tanzania Dental Association is aimed at serving children with special healthcare needs aged from 3 to 14 years old, in different schools and special centers in three regions in Tanzania. The project is expected to reach a targeted population of about 3,000 children.

Information on each of the projects comes courtesy of FDI World Dental Federation