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Oral health education in Nepal

By Jo Printz :: Looking after your teeth and gums is something drummed into most of us as children, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we do it correctly. On a visit to Nepal almost a decade ago, Latrobe University oral health lecturer Ron Knevel decided he could do something about the terrible state of the rural population’s teeth, with just some very basic educational programs.

Almost ten years ago, Ron Knevel from Latrobe University’s Rural Health School in Bendigo, was looking to use his skills in a way that would make a real difference in a developing country.
He started funding his own trips to Nepal, twice a year, to help educate rural communities in oral health and tooth decay prevention.
That work has earned him the 2014 Social Responsibility Award from from Global Child Dental Fund and International Federation of Dental Hygienists, but that’s not what drives him.
Through the years, Ron has enlisted the help of oral health students from around the world, trained local women in good oral health practice who have then helped educate their own communities, and been instrumental in setting up the curriculum development of Dental Hygiene Education in Nepal.
He spoke with Jo Printz about how this all came about, and you can listen to that discussion here.(abc.net.au)

Published Date: Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 | 10:34 AM

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