Project Director, Oral Health & Hygiene
Safaa is a dentist and an epidemiologist who leads the Oral Health and Hygiene Program (OHHP). She coordinates the oral health related research efforts of the Earth Institute and Africa-based health teams. The OHHP is part of the on-going effort to promote personal hygiene and sanitation in developing countries and strives to address the knowledge gap surrounding oral health.
Dr Suliman’s current research focuses on interventions that study the influence of biological, social, and environmental factors on children’s oral health in rural settings, therefore highlighting the importance of introducing oral health interventions at a young age. Furthermore, the program builds the capacity of mothers, health care workers, teachers and local women leaders in oral health by integrating it within other disciplines.
Prior to her appointment at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, Safaa worked at the Ministry of Health in Khartoum, Sudan and was responsible for an array of initiatives, which included playing an instrumental role in the establishment of the first state-wide oral health school program in Khartoum State and the development of the first oral health related research guidelines implemented by the Ministry of Health. She received her dental degree from Khartoum University, a Master degree in public health from Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree from the same school.