Access to accurate information about COVID-19 continues to be a challenge for communities around the world. Many people find themselves confused about what information to follow and which guidelines to enforce in their households. To minimize the virus's spread, MC-Tanzania has stepped up its efforts by working with dental therapists from MCW’s Dental Outreach Training Program.
MC-Tanzania shares digital messages from the World Health Organization's Africa Region and Tanzania's Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children with dental therapists to distribute around their communities. After graduating, dental therapists are placed across the country, including in some of Tanzania's most rural areas, to serve the population's oral health needs. They act as a resource to their community and share accurate information about the pandemic, often debunking coronavirus myths. In collaboration with MC-Tanzania, dental therapists are improving COVID-19 prevention in rural areas through simple interventions. Rural communities face unique challenges when exposed to viruses, including being further from hospitals to receive care. Sharing accurate information on preventing the virus from spreading is the most effective mechanism to protect communities.
In total, more than 424 people across Tanzania were reached and provided with accurate information on how to best prevent falling ill to COVID-19.