Oral Health and Hygiene Project
The Oral Health and Hygiene Project (OHHP), a joint initiative of the Center for Sustainable Development and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), aims to ensure equitable access and delivery of preventative and curative oral health care services to rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. OHHP also seeks to monitor oral disease trends, promote oral health and hygiene care, develop evidence-based oral health policies that can be scaled up to the regional and national levels, and elevate oral health as a global health priority.
Examples of OHHP activities include:
- Development of locally adapted oral health curricula for teaching in schools
- Implementation of supervised tooth brushing with fluoridated toothpaste in schools
- Provision of basic oral health care and pain relief
- Advocacy for integrating oral health into the primary health care system
- Facilitating access to affordable fluoridated toothpaste for community members
Lessons learned from the OHHP are shared with national and global stakeholders to advocate for scale up of effective, locally appropriate, and feasible oral health and hygiene practices. OHHP’s success in the Koraro Millennium Village has aided in the appointment of the first Oral Health focal person and the first oral health task force at the Ministry of Health in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Efforts are now underway to establish a national oral health agenda, incorporate oral health into the primary health care system, and to adopt oral health and hygiene promotion in schools at the regional and national levels.
For more information about CSD’s oral health and hygiene initiatives, please contact Dr. Safaa Suliman.