ACCEND Project Creates Awareness on Dental Health Among Children Earlier in October, ADRA and Oxfam through its jointly implemented Assisting Communities in Creating Environmental and Nutritional Development (ACCEND) project conducted a series of community dental awareness programs targeting children in Wanarawa, Bogahawawa, Hadungamuwa and Lediyangala Gramha Niladhari Divisions of the Wilgamuwa Divisional Secretariat.
The awareness programs were organized by the Health and Nutrition Committees established within communities through the project, with the support of the office of the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) of Wilgamuwa. The programs were facilitated by Miss Harshani Munasighe (Dental Therapist of the MOH of Wilagmuwa) and was organized to create awareness regarding dental health and hygiene and to promote best practices on dental hygiene among children. The program consisted of interactive awareness sessions for children on dental caries, prevention methods, good and bad practices related to oral hygiene and demonstrations on proper brushing techniques. Furthermore, toothbrushes and toothpaste were provided for the participants as part of the program. The impact of such awareness interventions conducted in the rural communities is distinctly observed in how attentive and interested the children are during the presentations. It was reported by parents and principals of the schools that many of the children who attended the program shared their knowledge with their peers and family members in their schools, neighbourhoods and homes. The project is also planning to conduct another series of these dental awareness programs in Karaugahawewa, Kumbukanda, Naminigama, Palupitiya, Gaburuoya and Weheragala Grama Niladhari Divisions very soon.
The ACCEND project is a four-year project funded by the European Union in collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka and is implemented in the Matale, Monaragala, and Nuwara Eliya districts. It focuses on improving water, sanitation, hygiene, health, and nutrition in the estate and rural communities of these districts