The need for coordinated, continent-wide dental health networks for Africa and the Pacific was established during discussion with delegates at our sixth Senior Dental Leaders meeting in London in 2012.
In collaboration with these SDL alumni and local partners in African and Asia-Pacific countries, we are bringing together and helping direct the efforts of dental and general healthcare professionals, NGO’s, academics, therapists and clinicians.
The overaching aim of the networks is to achieve significant improvements in the standards of local oral health care, particularly for disadvantaged children and children in remote areas where dental resource are most scarce.
The African Network
The main goals of the network are to create a platform for dentists across the African continent to share experiences, expertise and resources in order to to improve child oral health care and to enhance leadership development in Africa.
Currently we are collaborating with the Kenya Association of Pediatric Dentists on a programme of activities aimed at increasing dental capacity throughout Eastern African.
A second network programme is an innovative project which will transform the Muhimbili University Of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam into a financially sustainable Oral Healthcare Enterprise Service.
As the network grows, we plan to work on both oral and general health initiatives in as many African countries as possible