To co-create an action plan (community-based prevention plan) together with the community to improve oral health among children in Mamba village, Kwale, rural Kenya.
An action plan was created with the community to improve oral health among children, focused on ownership and sustainability. Teachers, parents, health workers, the area chief, the herbalist, the village elders et cetera were involved in this project. About 1200 primary school students will wash their hands and brush their teeth on a daily basis under supervision of the teachers and the ‘health club students’ from now on. Stakeholders in the village were connected. Awareness about oral hygiene & diet was created. Also a play was made by the pupils to educate the community about oral health. Insights in the relationship between Kenyan culture & oral health were obtained.
In May 2020, there are 2000 children participating in the community-based prevention plan of The Healthy Teeth Foundation. The rest of the village is also involved.
This project has raised awareness in the community of Mamba Village about the consequences of poor oral health and a poor diet for the future of children. Now parents and children know what they need to do to prevent these problems.
Founder and challenge supervisor Alice Grasveld won the Viva400 award in Category ‘World Improvers’ with this project. Her first project with SEVEN SENSES, the ‘Healthy Teeth Challenge‘ inspired Alice Grasveld to start The Healthy Teeth Foundation in 2018, focusing on Participatory Action Research into oral health and education amongst disadvantaged children all around the world.
Also read this blog: The Healthy Teeth Foundation.