Our goal is it to offer qualified dental care by establishing dental practices and conducting oral health services for those of Africa`s population without any financial means. We support the education and advanced training of native oral health students, oral health officers, dental technicians and medical engineers by material and personal assistance. We also organize dental education, screenings and treatments of school children. Therefore we employ dental staff from Africa and Europe.
Starting in 1999 we could establish eleven dental practices until today. The practices are managed by Kenyan dentists who are supported by German dental practitioners.
A second emphasis is the mediation of transparent and individual godparentships for Kenyan orphans. Donations enable the children to go to school, acquire professional qualification and have a good future in their own country.
Our third mainstay is the development and the operation of a self-help group for widows in Nyabondo in western Kenya. The women who are affected by HIV organize themselves, operate in self-help projects and cope with their everyday life as outsiders in a society which is mostly dominated by men.
Together with our Franciscan project partners in Kenya we were able to establish reliable structures which provide a basis on which our projects now develop with an increasing impact. Sustainability is always our work`s main focus. We were already able transfer responsibility over certain dental units into the hands of a competent Kenyan staff.
According to the recent decision by the administration in Kenya, foreign volunteers are from now on only allowed to treat patients if they are licensed by the kenyan Medical Board. Please contact us at least half a year before the planned beginning of your voluntary service if you would like conduct dental work in our projects and need to obtain a license accordingly. We will gladly assist and send you the respective information and documents.
Apart from that, dental voluntary services in Kenya are only possible when connected to counselling and training. We respect the decision of the government agencies in Kenya. We are currently determining if it is posslible to obtain a legally compulsury regulation for Dentists for Africa in Kenya. We have informed our project partners about the current situation. They have already started to obtain licenses for the work of Dentists for Africa in their respective counties. In Eldoret and Homa Bay they have already succeeded.
For our partners in Kenya this determination by the Kenyan government agencies means that they have to take more responsibilities and have to organise the dental projects on their own to an increasing extent prospectively. We fully trust our Kenyan team in that respect. Sr. Fabian and Sr. Sunya are our local dentists. They are supported in their work by our three Oral Health Officers Nicholas, Alex and Careen, who have been beneficiaries of our sponsorship project. Francis and Japhet, two more beneficiaries of our sponsorship project, will soon begin their work in our dental project as well.
Change always entails new opportunities We will discuss our new areas of focus and how our work in Kenya can be redesigned respectively during the coming weeks with our members and the administrators of the hospitals as well as our project partners.
How can you help?
- As a Dentist, Dental Assistant/Hygienist or Dental Technician: by taking part in assistance services
- As a person without a medical profession: by taking part in an assistance service in our orphans and widows project or by a god parent for a child
- Through donations
- Through joining Dentists for Africa as member and/ or by taking over responsibility for subprojects
Dentists for Africa is working as a non-profit organization and is solely financed by donations and membership fees. The majority of the activities are contributed voluntarily. As a result we are able to realize a low share of administrative costs.