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Article New Dental Project of NGO Forum Aus-Bangla Care for Dental ABCD

Bangladesh is a country with a population of approximately 160 million people with around 7,000 registered dentists. This means that on an average there is one dentist for 22,800 people. As with most developing countries the majority of the dentists stay in large cities and towns while the majority of the population lives in rural areas. Rural villagers and urban slum dwellers struggle to access dental care.

Being the networking and service delivery agency in the domain of public health, NGO Forum for Public Health, with support from the Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah, Australia and the Rotary Club of Dhaka, Bangladesh, has launched a one-year (August 2015 to July 2016) dental project titled “Aus-Bangla Care for Dental (ABCD) on pilot basis with the aim to providing essential dental care/services for the poor people living in Mirpur slum areas in Dhaka and in few selected rural areas of Bangladesh targeting the poor school children. 10 nos. of two-day monthly camp and a five-day rural camp are planned to take place during the project period facilitated by renowned and experienced Australian dentists and local Bangladeshi dentists who have committed to extend their voluntary services for the poor and distressed population.
In September 2015, a total of 7 dental camps were organized both in urban and rural locations from which 1,021 patients had received dental services that included screening, teeth extractions, fillings and the application of sliver fluoride. A high level of decay has been observed among the screened patients, especially the school children. As part of the services, the ABCD team also facilitated lively hygiene sessions on dental care for the school children.

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