Placing Importance on Dental Care in Haiti

Placing Importance on Dental Care in Haiti

Placing Importance on Dental Care, Photo Credit: Stephanie Limage

By Cindy Thomson

Last year, devastation was brought to Haiti once again in the form of Hurricane Irma. In the aftermath of the hurricane, people were left with little food, water or shelter. With a constant barrage of natural, economic and political crises, dental care in Haiti has taken a back seat to more immediate concerns. There are few who are thinking about dental health, or how the lack of dental care affects long-term health. Despite this, recovery and rebuilding efforts in Haiti should be focused on all issue areas including more attention on the importance of healthy dental practices.

Haiti is still trying to rebound from past hurricanes’ devastating blow to the food supply. Many Haitians remain malnourished, receiving less than the recommended nutrients on a daily basis, resulting in various health concerns including a reduction in healing properties for the gums and progresses the possibility of gum disease. According to the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, the solution is to attempt a regular diet as soon as possible. Reaching the solution is easier said than done in some cases, however, as the island rebuilds, the first priority must be toward feeding the people properly.

While Haiti continues to have a steady flow of volunteers entering the country, there must be a concerted effort to recruit nonprofits that are focused on dental care in the country. Haiti needs a combination of volunteers who will work side by side in returning the nation back to its former health. Dentists, doctors, farmers and donations of fresh water need to work simultaneously on the overall health of Haiti.

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Jan. 03, 2018

4 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Placing Importance on Dental Care in Haiti”

  1. Hello,
    Our foundation is interested in bridging the dental gap that Haiti is experiencing. We are a non-profit organization that currently renders free dental and medical care to the people of Jacmel. We would love to expand our services and connect with other organizations with the same mission at heart.

    • Haitian Times Haitian Times says:

      Please email

    • Dr. John Anerson says:

      I am a dentist who has served short term missions in Kenskoff, Haiti, in the Chances 4 Children orphanage. We have portable dental units, and ample instruments and supplies to help the children in this area on a short term basis. We would like to expand our offerings, perhaps by locating a willing Haitian dentist to provide subsidized care in our clinic in Kenskoff, perhaps on the basis of several days per month, something similar to that which is done Jacmel and the BE Happy Haiti organization, which whom I would be happy to network.

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