FDI’s World Dental Development Fund to finance initiatives to improve oral health: apply by 15 June

04 April 2018 Grants

FDI is now accepting applications for the World Dental Development Fund (WDDF), supporting innovative oral health initiatives in communities all around the world. The fund backs projects with clear objectives to promote and improve oral health and prevent oral diseases in limited-income areas with oral health needs.

Who can apply for World Dental Development Fund support?

FDI welcomes applicants from within and outside its network. WDDF funding is available to non-members of FDI in addition to FDI Regular and Associate members. To be eligible for funding, non-members must obtain written support from an FDI Regular or Associate member in their country.

FDI encourages all who are interested to apply. Previous applicants have included ministries of health, National Dental Associations, non-governmental organizations, and universities.

Don’t delay - applications are due by 15 June.

Educational and sustainable oral health projects

FDI seeks projects that are designed to benefit individuals and communities with demonstrated oral health needs. Projects should complement local, regional or national strategic health aims within the country; they should also be developed in consultation with local authorities and stakeholders.

FDI will give priority to projects with a prominent educational component and promising potential for sustainability. Projects should focus on at least one of the following topics:

  • disease prevention and/or eradication
  • education
  • oral health promotion
  • primary health care

2017 World Dental Development Fund recipients

WDDF pre-primary schoolchildren in Tanzania

Ways to preserve that winning smile project in Tanzania

Ways to preserve that winning smile is a six-month project in the Kisarawe District, Pwani region of Tanzania. Launched in January 2018 by Tanzania’s Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children, the project aims to improve the oral health of 1,600 4 to 6-year-old children from 31 pre-primary schools.

With the belief that good oral health habits begin at an early age, the project raises awareness among pre-primary schoolchildren on the importance of good oral care. As part of the guidance on good oral health habits, children learn how to brush their teeth through illustrations and video demonstrations at school. Before starting the educational component of the project, dentists conducted baseline oral hygiene assessments in each school. Dentists will conduct a second assessment at the end of the project to measure any changes.

Parents and teachers are actively involved and included in the project, in part to create a supportive environment that encourages children to continue taking care of their oral health even after the official project comes to an end.

The Smile Campaign in the Chepang Hill Tracks of Nepal project

The Smile Campaign in the Chepang Hill Tracks of Nepal is a two-year project in the Chitwan, Makwanpur, Dhading and Gorkha districts of Nepal. Launched in January 2018 by the Nepal Dental Association, the project serves to promote oral health among 7,000 children from the Chepang community.

The Chepang are a small community of close to 50,000 people who live in remote mountain districts, which are often only accessible on foot. Many face difficulties in accessing health services and education. Due to geographical isolation and a disadvantaged position within Nepalese society, many also struggle to maintain steady livelihoods.

The project targets Chepang children from the ages of 5 through 12 who are able to attend school. Dentists first conduct an initial dental caries assessment of each student and perform any necessary restorative treatments. In addition to restorative treatment and care, each student learns about the importance of prevention by attending oral health education classes and participating in tooth-brushing sessions during prayer time at school.

While the project revolves around children, local leaders and schoolteachers will be encouraged to promote good oral health habits for everyone in their communities.

The World Dental Development Fund also continues to support oral health projects in Benin, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

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