MCW’s Oral Health Care program aims to achieve improved oral health status for all Tanzanians.
Using an inter-disciplinary approach, MCW strives to build the capacity of health professionals to tackle the oral health workforce shortage. We work with Dentists, Nurses and mid-level professionals (Dental Therapists).
In collaboration with multi-level leadership in government and dental institutions in Tanzania, MCW identifies key projects that will have a sustainable impact in the country, and which are in line with the Strategic Oral Health plan of the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
MCW brings public, private and non-profit sector partners together to leverage their shared resources and expertise in the area of oral health.
MCW’s oral health care projects are shaped, developed and implemented by our local partners from both the private and public sectors.
At the core of our oral health care projects is a commitment to achieve financial and organizational sustainability.
Faculty and Graduate Clinic at MUHAS School of Dentistry in Dar es Salaam
In an effort to ensure sustainability of Tanzania’s only dental school, MCW undertook a series of collaborative projects over the last decade to upgrade the MUHAS Dental School’s equipment.
The current and fourth phase of the collaboration is the establishment of a Faculty and Graduate Clinic, which aims to further enhance the capacity of the School of Dentistry to improve the clinical training at both undergraduate and graduate levels, while contributing significantly to the school’s sustainability.
Global Nurse Scholar Program
The Global Nurse Scholar Program makes it possible for Nurses in Tanzania to engage in alleviating the dental workforce shortage in the country through an expanded cross-disciplinary capacity-building initiative.
In a historic collaboration between the Government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, New York University College of Nursing, and MCW, a user-friendly, evidence-based curriculum to educate nurses in oral health has been developed. The curriculum will serve as the basis of a stand-alone capacity-building/Continuing Professional Development program that a nurse of any education level could complete as part of his/her continuing education and career advancement.
A subsequent goal will be to modify and incorporate the content of the program as a short course into the undergraduate curriculum for nursing education/training, at both a university and diploma level.
Dental Outreach Training Program for Dental Therapists
In alignment with the Strategic Oral Health Plan 2012-2017 of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Dental Outreach Training Program is working with leadership in the Dental Therapy Training Schools to develop and strengthen a community dental outreach program which is aligned with their community dentistry curriculum and objectives for training dental therapy students.
Partners of the Oral Health Care Program
MCW’s Oral Health Care Program would not be possible without the support of the following: