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|Title: ||Brighter Smiles Africa - Translation of a Canadian Community-based Health-promoting School Program to Uganda|
|Authors: ||Macnab, A. J|
|Keywords: ||Rural health|
Health professionals - Training
|Issue Date: ||Aug-2010 |
|Publisher: ||Macnab A.J., Radziminski N., Budden H., Kasangaki A., Zavuga R., Gagnon F.A., Mbabali M. (2010). Brighter smiles Africa - translation of a Canadian community-based health-promoting school program to Uganda. Education for Health, 23(2)|
|Abstract: ||Project goal: To adapt a successful Canadian health-promoting school initiative to a Ugandan context through international partnership.
Rationale: Rural children face many health challenges worldwide; health professionals in training understand these better through community-based learning. Aboriginal leaders in a Canadian First-Nations community identified poor oral health as a child health issue with major long-term societal impact and intervened successfully with university partners through a school-based program called “Brighter Smiles”. Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda (MUK) sought to implement this delivery model for both the benefit of communities and the dental students.
Key steps/hurdles addressed: MUK identified rural communities where hospitals could provide dental students with community based learning and recruited four local schools. A joint Ugandan and Canadian team of both trainees and faculty planned the program, obtained ethics consent and baseline data, initiated the Brighter Smiles intervention model (daily at-school toothbrushing; in-class education), and recruited a cohort to receive additional bi-annual topical fluoride. Hurdles included: challenging international communication and planning due to inconsistent internet connections; discrepancies between Canadian and developing world concepts of research ethics and informed consent; complex dynamics for community engagement and steep|
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