Prevention through education:

Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia and is the world’s youngest republic. It is bordered on the north by China and to the south, east, and west by India. With a population of 30 million, Nepal is the 41st most populous country with over half of the population living below the international poverty line.  Currently Nepal has a meager 500 dentists, of which 80% are located within the capital city of Kathmandu, leaving the rural villages, which make up the majority of Nepal, without access to dental care.  For most people the nearest dentist is several days' walk and with very limited resources, dental care is often not a priority until the person is in severe pain.   Dental disease and early childhood caries are rampant, however many of these cases could be prevented through proper daily oral hygiene practices. The main focus of this project is addressing the general lack of education in proper oral hygiene practices, such as tooth brushing and use of fluoridated toothpaste, as well as providing emergency care to those in need.

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Mission Statement:
“The UNC-SOD Nepal Project volunteers seek to serve as ambassadors of the University by making a difference in the lives of the indigenous people of Nepal through education in proper daily oral hygiene practices and prevention of future disease, and by providing necessary dental care where it otherwise would not be available.”