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ADIF Grant Recipient Reports
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2018 Grant  Recipients

Bright Smiles Cameroon 

The School and Community Outreach Program is a proactive preventive measure to provide oral health education in schools and orphanage communities in order to lessen the burden of future oral health issues. April 2019 Update

First Health

In 1998 School Health Nurses identified dental care as the number one unmet need among low-income children in Moore County, located in the “Sandhills” of North Carolina.  First Health of the Carolinas, a non-profit integrated healthcare system boldly stepped out of the traditional role of hospitals and established dental care centers to provide comprehensive dental care to underserved children aged birth to 21. Since its inception, FirstHelth Dental Care has provided dental care to over 28,000 underserved children in a three-county area.  April 2019 Update

Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center 

The mission of the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center is to provide affordable, high-quality oral healthcare with comprehensive education, clinical, and wellness services for seniors in need, enabling them to live healthy and productive lives. The Senior Dental Center links high-quality and affordable oral healthcare with a suite of nutrition, case management and wellness services offered through the center. In 2018, the ADIF supported a second grant to purchase mobile phones to connect mobile services to the dental clinic, while also taking high quality pictures and videos to create patient testimonials that capture the importance and critical need for services.  April 2019 Update  and Photos

Health and Development Society Nepal 

HDSN is an NGO established in 2007 to improve the health and education of the underserved population of Nepal. It specializes in oral health and provides skill-based training to primary health care workers. These trained oral health care workers provide necessary oral health services in rural and unreached parts of the country. Start from School

Union Gospel Mission Dental Clinic 

The Union Gospel Mission Dental Clinic in Seattle, Washington provides dentures for homeless and underserved people to help them become more employable.  Spring Report

Symposium on Sustainable Dentistry Dr. Fernandes Moreira 

Dr. Fernandes Moreira, ADI Fellow of Brazil heads the Symposium on Sustainable Dentistry. Summer Report

2016 Grant  Recipients

Dentistry for Every Village Foundation 

ADI Fellow Dr. Ed de la Vega, established a non-profit corporation, Dentistry For Every Village Foundation, Inc., to help improve access to dental care for many indigent and underserved residents in poor villages in the Philippines.  Dr. Vega, of Canoga Park, CA. recently completed the construction of a fully equipped dental clinic built for the Rogationist Catholic Congregation in Parañaque, Philippines. The Congregation provides free medical and dental services to indigent residents in their area of responsibility as part of their health care ministry.

The dental clinic was blessed and opened on March 6, 2017. It was funded by many donations and grants. Leading the list of biggest donors are the Academy of Dentistry International Foundation in Hicksville, Ohio, Marifi Pipkin, DMD of Apple Valley, CA., Matthew Okui, DDS of Encino, CA., Russell Rayman, MD of Arlington VA., and the DLV Family Trust.

Dignitaries from the St. Matthew Province of the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus Congregation led by Provincial Superior Rev. Herman Abcede, RCJ and Provincial Vicar Rev. John J. Lucas, RCJ headed the list of more than one hundred guests that witnessed the blessing and the opening of the clinic.

Following the opening of the clinic, a dental mission was conducted by Foundation volunteers and more than 50 children from the surrounding villages were treated. The volunteer dentists in a three-hour mission did more than 100 procedures including extractions, oral prophylaxis, pulpotomies and fillings. All the children that came to the mission were provided with toothbrushes and toothpaste as well as basic oral hygiene instructions. Read the full Report and view Photos of the Rogationists Clinic.


2015 Grant  Recipients

Health Outreach    

The first day started quite early departing from Toronto’s International Airport. On arrival to Guatemala City airport, the Team realized instantly the warm climate that was welcoming us. This year’s team consisted of 10 Canadians and 5 native Guatemalans. Of a quite special note, Team Quesada 2016 consisted of 10 first-year volunteers. This is important to the charity, as volunteers are not always available to join the dental mission every year. Having more volunteers with experience is a great asset to the charity. After a 3 hour bus ride, we arrived into Quesada.                                                                                   
Five operatories (dental chair, dental unit for drills and supply tables) were set up, as nightfall appeared. The very long day came to a very fulfilling ending, as our new dental office was completely accomplished.
Quesada Dental Clinic is Open!
The adrenaline starts to run as we drive up to the clinic. We see the long line of children who have been reported to wait 3-4 hours before our 8 a.m. start time. Read More Here

Quantification of bioavailable fluoride in ADI Middle East Section

The other issue about fluoride tooth paste is non-availability of quality control to ensure that toothpastes marketed in developing countries have the correct amount of fluoride. Furthermore there are controversies for the best methods of determining both total and especially bioavailable fluoride in tooth paste. Considering these  findings and limitations; academics and dental associations have suggested that reference fluoride laboratories be instituted  and established  in developing countries in order to capacity building for qualifying fluoride tooth paste and other fluoride content oral care products. Read More Here

USC Dental Humanitarian Outreach Program

The University of Southern California Dental Humanitarian Outreach Program (USC DHOP) would like to thank for your support. USC DHOP is a completely student run organization that travels around the globe to provide quality free dental care to underserved communities. 

Since 2010, we have traveled to Honduras, Colombia, Kenya, Jamaica, Philippines and Belize to provide care. Our organization provides sealants, composite and amalgam fillings, scaling and root planning, endodontic treatment, extractions and oral hygiene instructions to patients from destitute communities. With the support of our experienced faculty, we strive to ensure top standard of care is provided for each patient. During our most recent humanitarian trip to Belize our team was able successfully provide 566 dental procedures for 320 people over the span of 4 full clinic days. That exceeded $145,550 in dental care, which is a 50% increase in total production compared to the previous year as well as a 34% increase in dental procedures! 

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Health Ministries Department

Our project in Botswana in June of 2016 for which we received a grant from your organization. This money went to pay for dental sealants and fluoride varnish that was used to treat children aged, mostly, 7-11 as the first of part of an ongoing preventative program which will be continued by Kanye Adventist Hospital. Full Report and more photos.....Read More Here 

World Health Dental Organization

On behalf of our entire board, I want to thank the ADI Foundation for your generous contribution to our project in Kenya, The Maasai Dental Clinic.
Since accepting the leadership of World Health Dental Organization in February, 2015, Jim and I have been thrilled with the momentum growing in providing new community projects for the people of the Maasai Mara. We are midway through building the Global Teaching Center that was started by Dr. Ray Damazo, founder of WHDO and The Maasai Dental Clinic. We have the New Caries Prevention program slated to begin this fall. We will visit the 10 local elementary schools within 15K of the clinic to place varnish on their teeth every six months for 3 years in effort to decrease decay in these children’s mouths. We will offer a basic nutrition class with emphasis on eating foods that promote health and dental wellness.
During 2015, 26 volunteer dentists served at the MDC. These dentists generously paid their travel and expenses to offer fine dentistry to the local people. In reviewing the clinic’s monthly records, we treated 2,119 patients for free. We are able to offer more than extractions at our clinic.

Union Gospel Mission Homeless Shelter Dental Clinic

The impact on both our organization and the people served is very significant. Every person who received new dentures or partials came out of homelessness or extreme poverty. If, after coming through our recovery programs, they are not able to obtain employment due to fear to open their mouth to talk or to smile, then they will end up back on the streets and eventually coming through our doors again. This restorative care is critical to these individuals’ long term success.

Dentures and Partials
Upper and Lower Dentures $ 3,760
Upper and Lower Temp Partials $ 4,235
Upper and Lower Removable Partials $ 2,079
Total amount paid to lab $10,074
Total number of adults receiving dentures and/or partials 37 patients



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