Participatory Action Research for Positive Change

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A Community-based Tooth-decay Prevention Project, Kenya

‘A Community-based Tooth-decay Prevention Project’ is a Participatory Action Research about oral health among children in Mamba village in Kwale, Kenya. A collaboration between The Healthy Teeth Foundation (THTF), the dental charity Dutch Dental Care Foundation  & 7Senses.

 

Project details

 

Project name A Community-based Tooth-decay Prevention Project
Start date 4th of June 2019
Duration  Nine weeks
Status Finished
Country Kenya
Coordinator Alice Grasveld, founder of The Healthy Teeth Foundation
Number of Dutch researchers  3
Number of local researchers  2

This project is inspired by the Healthy Teeth Challenge in South Africa, performed by Alice Grasveld and her team. It inspired Alice to set up the Healthy Teeth Foundation and continue her work with Participatory Action Research for oral health. Two years after the Healthy Teeth Challenge, the same team conducted a new Participatory Action Research with the same set up, yet in a different country and adapted to fit the new context. See here their PAR design.

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An action plan was created with the community to improve oral health among children, focused on ownership and sustainability. Teachers, parents, health workers, the area chief, the herbalist, the village elders et cetera were involved in this project. About 1200 primary school students will wash their hands and brush their teeth on a daily basis under supervision of the teachers and the ‘health club students’ from now on. Stakeholders in the village were connected. Awareness about oral hygiene & diet was created. Also a play was made by the pupils to educate the community about oral health. Insights in the relationship between Kenyan culture & oral health were obtained. An opinion paper (article) about this project and a community prevention plan for DDC will be written by coordinator Alice Grasveld.

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Team

Alice Grasveld

Coordinator & Action Researcher
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Amber-Lynn Bagchus

Action Researcher
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Sao Ying Lai

Action Researcher
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Feray Coban

Action Researcher
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Fleur Rudolphus

Action Researcher
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Ruth Wakesho Litoroh

Community oral health officer, Action Researcher
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Collins Ouma Ombuya

Community oral health officer, Action Researcher
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