Delivering urgent oral healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa: supporting sustainable local development

Rachael England, Andrew Paterson, Adam Jones

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Oral disease continues to be a public health burden, affecting almost half of the global population, and disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable communities.1 Development organisations use different approaches to tackle this through short-term volunteering programmes in low- and middle-income countries, to address oral health needs in a variety of ways. There is evidence that volunteering requires a high level of cultural competence to avoid negatively impacting on local healthcare systems.2-4The oral health care needs of communities in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) differ markedly from those in the developed world, posing challenges for volunteering organisations to provide effective programmes in circumstances where there is a lack of resources, equipment and infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalPrimary Dental Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021


  • Africa South of the Sahara
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Humans


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