Adopt An African Clinic’s Objectives in East Africa

Give a man a fish - He eats for a day; teach Him how to fish – He eats for a lifetime

Education:  Adopt an African Clinic (AAAC) shall assist dental schools in East Africa build their capacity to provide excellence in dental education within their training institutions and help provide post-graduate continuing education experiences for local health providers.  We will provide mentoring, educational exchange and distance learning opportunities in clinical dentistry, laboratory services, and equipment technology.Rwanda and Kigali Health Institute (KHI):

Adopt an African Clinic works as an integral part of KHI and six rural hospital dental clinics to meet Rwanda’s education goals.  Their educational system and rural outreach will become a model for other East African countries to increase their dental education and clinical capacity within national Oral Health Policies and Objectives.

Dr. Cahoon Drew

Practical Education in East Africa

Community Dentistry:  By providing oral hygiene instruction, preventive services and by filling teeth within their classrooms with a new technique called Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART), we make school children aware of the availability of local dental services and encourage them to seek treatment locally.

Atraumatic Restorative Treatment
(ART) is the technique of removing tooth decay with hand instruments and restoring the cavity with an adhesive restorative material.  It is an ideal procedure for millions of people in less industrialized countries and certain special groups such as refugees and people living in deprived communities, giving them the opportunity to receive restorative dental care.  The ART approach enables the dental profession to treat dental caries and provide treatment for children residing in areas where electricity is not available or in areas which have electricity, but where the community cannot afford expensive dental equipment.

AAAC’s American clinics will ensure that their six adopted clinics develop the capacity to provide preventive services, amalgam and composite restorations and root canal therapy for front teeth by Aug 2013. This will be accomplished through financial assistance, lectures and mentoring to enhance the local dental professionals’ ability to provide dental care for their own community.

406 260-6518 Dr. Drew Cahoon dgcahoon@gmail.com

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