In an effort to teach proper oral hygiene to the children in rural Armenia and continue education in this area, Hand in Hand brought an oral health program into the schools.
The goal was to get children at a young age to adopt a regimen of daily teeth brushing and teach the proper technique. In addition, having a program in the schools would enforce compliance to continued lifestyle change.
Hand in Hand NGO brought the program to 20 schools and 13 kindergartens of Nagorno Karabkh as well as in Stepanakert city including Martuni, Martakert, Hadrut, Shushi regions. Initially, approximately 9300 children ages 3-16 were reached through the program.
As clinics in these areas have opened, Hand in Hand has been able to go beyond the in-school programs and provide hygiene and dental exam visits for the children and their families.
The goals of the Preventive Dental Program are to:
- Teach the concept of oral hygiene
- Educate Parents
- Educate Children
- Provide regular screening in schools
- Create and maintain accurate dental records for the families