Sustainable basic training in emergency dental care. Moving to Phase 2 - Training the Trainer in East Africa

Julie Williams, Kiaran Weil, Katherine Wilson

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Abstract

Sustainable basic training in emergency dental care.
Moving to Phase 2 - Training the Trainer in East Africa
Julie Williams*, School of Oral and Dental Sciences, University of Bristol
Kiaran Weil, Educational Supervisor, HENW
Katherine Wilson, Newcastle School of Dental Sciences

Background: Bridge2Aid, a charitable organisation based in Tanzania, runs dental volunteer programmes (DVP) , where UK dentists train rural-based health workers (RHW) to provide emergency dental care to their communities. To date 337 workers have been trained and supplied with basic dental kit, once competent.

Summary of work: A pilot programme aimed at providing senior Tanzanian district dental officers (DDO) with the skills necessary to train RHWs in emergency dental care, was conducted. A curriculum and assessment programme was developed and delivered by senior Bridge2Aid mentors in 2 phases :
- 2-day pedagogical theory and practical training, using video clips and small group teaching
- 9-day clinical training delivered to 7 RHWs with one-to-one mentoring by Tanzanian and Bridge2Aid trainers.
A further 9-day programme, training 7 more RHWs was conducted to assess trainer skills retention and programme effectiveness.

Summary of results: 4 DDOs and 2 Bridge2Aid Trainers successfully provided training for 14 RHWs to Bridge2Aid’s standards. Trainers retained sufficient skills to lead the second programme. Feedback was positive from RHWs, patients, trainers and mentors.

Discussion: Training the trainers proved effective but it is essential to have full support from local Government to release trainers from clinical duties to attend the course.

Conclusion: Despite no previous experience senior dental personnel developed the necessary skills to lead a training programme effectively.

Take home messages: Over 75% of the world’s population has no access to emergency dental treatment. Emergency dental treatment training for medically qualified rural health workers can provide sustainable access for rural communities.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2015
EventAMEE conference 2015 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20159 Sep 2015

Conference

ConferenceAMEE conference 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period7/09/159/09/15

Keywords

  • dental skills training, global health

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