Visual and dental health

Expanding community health interventions

The majority of Bolivian children have an average of six untreated cavities.

Second Year Results in Bolivia

In the second year of the program, the optometry and dentistry interventions took place at the Pucarani and Laja hospitals and the Palcoco and Curva health centres.

Volontaires sur le terrain

2 field missions
– 1 dentist
– 2 optometrists
– 6 dental care students
– 1 dental hygienist
– 1 interpreter and dietary technician

Capacity building

A total of 13 theoretical and practical training courses in dentistry and optometry made it possible for 42 professionals, i.e. 24 women and 18 men, to develop their skills.

Dentistry courses
– Patient management
– Dental product management
– Periodontics
– Dental implants
– Ultrasonic scaling (Cavitron)
– Curettes
– Cleaning

Optometry courses
– Review of the ocular-vision examination steps
– Presentation on amblyopia and pediatric examination
– Presentation of clinical cases (interactive)

Screening and prevention

– Launch of a visual screening program with 94 children in 2 schools, in collaboration with the teachers
– Delivery of 2 visual acuity testing kits to the Pucarani hospital
– Delivery of 2 visual acuity testing kits to the Laja hospital

Pther results

Review of guidelines for the management of biomedical waste in dentistry