Kakamega County, Western Province, Kenya


In June 2017, the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach (SDO) team, for the first time, ventured to the city of Kakamega in the Western Province of Kenya. SDO teamed up with the NGO ACCES (African Canadian Continuing Education Society) that has been working in Kakamega for 22 years. We set up our mobile clinic in Ihonje Primary School in a remote outlying area in Mumias sub-county of Kakamega County, in the heart of sugar cane country. For this trip our SDO team from Vancouver was comprised of nine dentists, five of whom are ICD Fellows, two soon to be ICD Fellows, five 3rd year UBC Dental Students, three dental hygienists and support people for a total team of 23. In our 5 day dental clinic we treated 532 children. All services performed included 485 extractions, 156 teeth restored, 102 teeth treated with Silver Diamine Fluoride, 70 fluoride varnish treatments and 14 sealants. In our secondary clinic we did 650 fluoride varnish treatments, 800 children/adults were given OHI and nutritional advice, 500 toothbrushes given out and the local Community Health workers instructed 200 on the use of chewstick brushing.

We felt the clinic was exceedingly successful in improving the dental health of the children in this very impoverished area of Kenya.

The full report is found here: Kenya ICD 2017 Report