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Kenyan Dental Leaders Visit the Dugoni School as Part of Kenya Smiles Project

The visitors toured the dental school's Similation Laboratory and spoke with students.

April  26, 2013

A group of Kenyan oral health professionals recently visited the Bay Area for an opportunity to learn about U.S. dental programs and discuss ideas and potential collaborations to help improve the oral health of children in Kenya.

Visitors met with school leaders

Visitors met with school leaders and members of the Orthodontics Department.

Their itinerary included an April 19 visit with faculty, staff and students at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. They met and discussed the current state of oral health and oral health education in Kenya with Dr. Nader Nadershahi, executive associate dean and associate dean for academic affairs. In addition, they toured the school with Dr. Maureen Valley, associate professor in the Department of Orthodontics, and saw the Simulation Lab, classrooms and clinics. They also had the opportunity to view the school's Atikison Skull Collection and chat with Museum Curator Dorothy Dechant; meet with Eve Cuny, the director of Environmental Health and Safety; and tour the Craniofacial Genetics Lab with Drs. Marie Tolarova and Mirek Tolar.

While in California, the visiting professionals shared their experiences at Rotary Clubs throughout the region, and went to Sacramento to meet with representatives of the California Dental Association and California legislature. They also saw rural and mobile dental clinics used to serve underserved populations throughout the state.

Kenyan visitors

The group's trip was sponsored by "Kenya Smiles" - a project of the Rotary District 5160 which focuses on partnering dental experts and agencies in the United States and Kenya to promote oral health education and dental care for children in Kenya. Attendees were Dr. Stephen Irungu, Kenya's Chief Dental Officer, Ministry of Health; Dr. Regina Mutave, Chairman, Department of Periodontology/Community and Preventative Dentistry, University of Nairobi School of Dental Sciences; Dr. Jane Wamai, National Chair, Kenya Dental Association; Dr. Linus Ndegwa, Dentist In Charge, Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi; Dr. Peter Gaitho, Director, Everest Dental Group, Ltd.; and Dr. Kimathi Mwongera, public health lecturer, Kenya Methodist University and Meru Dental Services.

Category Type: Special Events, Community Outreach, Dental Issues and Research

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu