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Community oral health education
Community oral health education
Volunteer lead education session on oral health
Field work exploring oral healthin the community
Oral health workshops with children and adults
Oral health donations to adults and chilren in Ghana, West Africa

Volunteer West Africa Volunteers Complete Oral Health Talks in Local Community

Date Posted: 11/08/2016

Building on previous successful oral health sessions we visited Langma to spread the word about all things toothy!

Continuing with Partner West Africa's (PWA) oral health project, a team of PWA staff and volunteers led by our resident paediatric nurse Brooke French, set out to Langma, a village local to PWA, to provide an educational session on the importance of oral health. The event was organised in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service's Community Volunteer for the area, Henry, and also coincided with a child welfare clinic to ensure we reached as many vulnerable mothers and children in the village as possible.

 It is difficult for parents to keep their children healthy in communities such as Langma as financial pressures often necessitate the prioritisation of food and water over additional health care needs, for example toothbrushes and toothpaste. Oral health in children is crucial to them enjoying an all-round high quality of life and not developing potentially dangerous infections. Our education project aims to provide the right information to mothers and children about how to care for their teeth and gums, as well as distributing toothpaste and toothbrushes that had kindly been donated to PWA.

The informative talk explained to the audience of over 200 people throughout the morning the benefits of keeping their teeth clean and how they can do so. Brooke also explained which foods and substances are detrimental to the health of the mouth, such as sugary foods and tobacco, with translation provided in the community's language by Henry. To aid the talk, volunteers Alex and Ella demonstrated good practice on how to floss and brush your teeth!

After everyone listened to the talk, the volunteers handed out the adult and children's oral health kits to everyone who attended, as well as some information leaflets with a pictorial summary of the talk's topics that the mothers can refer to for advice.

PWA would like to thank all the donors who have made this programme possible, as well as the Langma Community Health Volunteers. If you would like to donate or be involved with this or any other VWA programme, please click here.

Author: Partner West Africa

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