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Reexamining dental outreach programs: A model for local empowerment and sustainable development (May 2020 Article 3)
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JADA May 2020

Background. To address the inadequacy of oral health care in developing nations, outreach programs have facilitated the provision of dental services by foreign volunteers to areas of need. However, the effectiveness of the current aid model on the long-term well-being of the recipient population and sustainability of efforts remains uncertain. The authors examine the strengths and areas of improvement of outreach initiatives to inform a reorientation of the aid model.

Key Words. Aid; dental nongovernmental organization; dental outreach program; global health; local empowerment; oral health; volunteerism.

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