We are seeking volunteers for our newest oral health project.
Project:   ORAL HEALTH
Location: Faculté d'Odontologie, Port-au-Prince, HAITI
Contact:  Barbara Edwards, Senior Program Officer
Haiti Project Sites
[June 9, 2016] - Health Volunteers Overseas is pleased to announce the launch of a new oral health project at the Faculté d'Odontologie in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. HVO volunteers will support the Faculté d'Odontologie in its mission to graduate dentists who are able to work independently to serve the Haitian population. The project will strengthen the Faculté d'Odontologie's capacity to serve as a resource for the people of Haiti and the Haitian dental community.
There are approximately 300 dentists in Haiti, which has a population of just over 10 million; only five of those dentists are clinical specialists. The Faculté d'Odontologie is an entity of the Université d'Etat d'Haiti and serves as the country's only dental school. The dental school is a five-year program, with the first two years comprised of college-level general education courses and some didactic dental courses. Clinical training starts in the third year. There are approximately 125 students enrolled, and the average graduating class is between 15-20 students. The Faculté d'Odontologie has 8-10 full time dental faculty and approximately 42 private dentists and dental specialists who teach part-time.
HVO volunteers will provide both clinical and didactic training to dental students. They will also conduct faculty development seminars and "train-the-trainer" courses. Volunteers with specific expertise may conduct professional development seminars open to the wider Port-au-Prince dental community, and volunteers may have the opportunity to accompany students and faculty to outside seminars and outreach activities. In addition, volunteers will provide technical assistance to faculty as they seek to restructure the school's curriculum.

HVO's oral health program is supported by the
ADA Foundation and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Volunteers to Faculté d'Odontologie in Port-au-Prince, Haiti must be licensed general dentists or board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons with three to five years of clinical experience. Volunteers to this site must have prior relevant international health experience. Assignments are not to exceed one week in length, and will be scheduled between mid-October and mid-April. Though classes at the Faculté d'Odontologie are taught in Creole, many of the students understand and speak English, and volunteers may work in English during both lectures and clinical instruction. A member of the faculty will be available at all times to translate.
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Health Volunteers Overseas is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve global health through education of the local health workforce in resource-scarce countries. HVO volunteers build local capacity by empowering health care professionals in resource-scarce countries with knowledge and skills to address the health care needs of their communities. HVO volunteers are trained health care professionals - physicians, nurses, dentists, physical therapists and others - willing to donate their time and expertise to work side-by-side with their colleagues overseas. Since 1986, HVO staff and volunteers have collaborated with a variety of health institutions to design, develop and implement each HVO project, working toward better patient care around the globe in trauma care, child and maternal health, essential surgery, cancer care, rehabilitation, and more. Visit  www.hvousa.org to learn how you can become part of our global health community.

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