The Maasai Dental Clinic was established by Dr. Ray and Gail Damazo adjacent to the world-famous Maasai Mara National Game Park in Kenya, East Africa. “This clinic is a jewel which must be preserved,” says Dr. James Libby, President of World Health Dental Organization (WHDO). The Maasai Dental Clinic is sponsored and funded by WHDO, a US non-profit humanitarian organization.
I am Responsible
Our school oral health program engages young children with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to develop healthy dental behaviors and take responsibility of their own oral health. Partnerships with local schools have made this program a success with incorporation of oral health educational lessons into the year-round school curriculum. Our oral health children’s book that was custom created to fit within the Maasai culture has been a hit with the students and is accessible in school libraries. Schoolteachers also participate by supporting the daily toothbrushing component of the program. We are proud to report that hundreds of children have been graduating from this year-long program with enhanced self-esteem as they take a positive and preventive role in their own health. The local communities have expressed their appreciation for this program and are pleased to tell us that the children are sharing their knowledge and skills with others, becoming positive oral health role models in their community!
Baby Momma Clinic
This exciting program provides preventative oral health education and early intervention strategies and skills to pregnant mothers and mothers of infants and young children. Providing education and knowledge early is crucial in prevention of oral disease and infant oral mutilation which is prevalent in this area. Culturally responsive educational materials have been custom developed for this program and we are delighted to see the curiosity and positive response to the education and services provided. Mothers are encouraged to bring their young child to the Maasai Dental Clinic where our trained educator provides assessment, prevention education, and dietary counselling. Oral health events are also offered each year at local community health clinics where we offer education and services in surrounding communities. Successful implementation of this program is seeing hundreds of mothers educated yearly.