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PROJECT-University Training 'Dental Therapists'

The project has established a three-year university course for specialists in Odontostomatology, following the guidelines of the '' Primary Health Care '' in order to improve the health of the population and strengthen the current health system. Given the almost total lack of assistance structures and suitable personnel in rural areas, 95% of the country, to train operators capable of promoting oral health in the area with dental education programs and provide therapeutic assistance with appropriate technologies. and sustainable. In January 2016, the educational and assistance center for the treatment and prevention of oral pathologies was inaugurated, dedicated to Prof. Giorgio Vogel at the Autonomous Hopital de Ngozi. The university course also began in March 2016 with the first lessons held by Dr. Pino La Corte and Dr. Elena Corsi, responsible for the courses. The whole SMOM association is committed to this important project, a concrete example of development cooperation, which not only responds to a real request for assistance to the population but which at the same time guarantees, thanks to the participation of highly trained teachers, a high level of training. to the students of the course. The teachers continue to follow each other by making their theoretical and practical skills available, bringing enthusiasm and participation. On January 3, 2019, the first 13 Thérapeutes Dentaires graduated and another 20 students, in the two years of the course, are qualifying to help the population. SMOM has activated preventive assistance services in the hospitals of Kayanza, Kiremba, Muyinga, Mutoyi and at a health center in Gitega and Murayi. The goal is to consolidate the Hôpital Autonome de Ngozi as a national reference center and to open a provincial reference center for oral health in each of the other 16 provinces.

General objective

Improve the resilience of the population to live on their own territory.

Indirect beneficiaries

Over 12 million people

Specific Objectives

Emancipate Burundi's national health and education system for oral health.

Establish the first Burundian university course for community oral health officials capable of reducing the prevalence of oral disease and guaranteeing preventive therapeutic assistance.

To create and start a sustainable educational center for therapeutic and preventive assistance for oral health.

Expected results

Graduate 33 Bacheliers en Santé bucco dentaire by 2021.

Provide 3,000 therapeutic services per year

Implement epidemiological and preventive programs in the area by implementing public health policies


Istitut Universitaire des Sciences de la Santè (I.U.S.S.) de Ngozi.

The Autonomous Hôpital de Ngozi.

WHO Collaboration Center (WHO) for Epidemiology and Community Dentistry in Milan

The SMOM OdV association

The Amahoro association

The Waldensian Table


1- Structuring the Prof. Giorgio Vogel Dental Center as an educational, preventive and therapeutic center.

2- Qualify healthcare personnel for the prevention and treatment of oral diseases

3- Plan and implement public health policies in the area

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Need Analysis

In Burundi there are only 10 dentists with foreign degrees, for a population of 12 million. A report of a dentist for every 1,200,000 inhabitants, the African average is one for every 150,000 inhabitants while the WHO recommends a dentist for 10,000 inhabitants. The most industrialized countries have on average one dentist for every 2,000 inhabitants. Since 2008 in a country with a strong demographic increase, the health situation for oral health has further worsened due to the lack of a specific training course. The staff present is unevenly distributed throughout the territory, in practice 72% of the services are in the capital Bujumbura and only 28% in the remaining 16 provincial capitals in spite of a population distribution of over 90% in rural areas. All public dental clinics are located in hospitals but in Burundi, the most used health service is the dispensary for the distribution of the population in rural areas. Therefore the peri-urban population and rural areas (over 93% of the population) do not have access to health care for oral diseases. Overall, of the seventeen rural provinces of Burundi, only one of the 10 dentists present in the country operates outside the capital Bujumbura.

Local context

Currently there are only 10 dentists operating in the country, all of whom have graduated abroad. This prompts people to seek out traditional healers, other charlatans, or go untreated. Hospital outpatient clinics are conducted by general nurses equipped with some extraction forceps but without any preparation on the health and hygiene rules essential to protect the transmission of dangerous endemic infectious diseases.

The inadequacy and inequity in the distribution of dental operators in the area determines, in the absence of preventive health information, a high prevalence of dental and periodontal pathology in often immunosuppressed patients. Epidemiological data certify dental health indices, DMFT at 12 years, in the African average, but the same indices rise significantly in adults for untreated dental disease, which reflects the lack of oral health services in the area. There is a complete lack of public policies for oral health in Burundi

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SMOM - Laureati i primi ‘dentisti’ del Burundi

Presso l’Université de Ngozi al termine di un corso triennale si sono laureati i primi 13 Thérapeutes Dentaires burundesi. Primo passo dell’associazione SMOM per realizzare un sistema sanitario nazionale per la salute orale in Burundi, dove ancora si piò morire per un ‘infezione orale.

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