Sustainable (‘grass-roots’) approach to Oral Health Promotion Utilising Established NGO and Rural Community Groups

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dc.contributor.author Lennemann, Tracey
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-28T14:50:33Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-28T14:50:33Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/14946
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this research was to examine potential sustainable delivery methods for Oral Health Promotion (OHP) in developing populations in India, utilising non-dental rural community development groups, specifically those led by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) involved in community development. The focus of this research was based on a longitudinal cohort study experimental design for exploratory purposes conducted over a period of one year, using a randomised cluster sampling of community developmental projects within the rural-tribal villages of Ambernath, Maharashtra, India. The study was measured in 4 phases: oral health knowledge of village parents through a questionnaire, dental screenings of children, and integration of a ‘train-the-trainer’ type of Oral Health Awareness Programme (OHAP) for three test groups, followed by one-year comparison follow-up data. Findings show evidence of comprehension and dissemination of the information in the OHAP course. Screening data also showed a reduction in decay in primary and permanent teeth in the children, after one year, and a positive change in oral hygiene behaviours. The collaboration and utilisation of non-dental NGO teams and local participatory groups from a ‘grass-roots’ level was proven to be effective for disseminating information and activities for oral health awareness and promotional programmes within these populations. Evidence supports a collaboration of these groups can be recommended for introducing a structured and understandable oral health programme utilising non-dental NGO and local participatory groups. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher De Montfort University en
dc.subject oral health promotion en
dc.subject oral disease prevention en
dc.subject NGO en
dc.subject community development en
dc.subject community-based groups en
dc.subject dental awareness en
dc.subject dental disease in rural communities en
dc.subject oral health mind-sets en
dc.subject underserved populations en
dc.subject grass-roots education en
dc.title Sustainable (‘grass-roots’) approach to Oral Health Promotion Utilising Established NGO and Rural Community Groups en
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en
dc.publisher.department Faculty of Health and Life Sciences en
dc.publisher.department School of Pharmacy en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en


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