Project Dental Health Dental Care

The Dental Clinic responds to the great need and demand for good dental care. In general, we see deteriorating dental health in the area. With a growing middle class and the population going from eating what they grow themselves, to buying imported food, the consumption of sugar is increasing. This combined with a lack of knowledge about preventive dentistry and why it is important to take care of your teeth, increases the complications with dental health.


Nakamtenga, Burkina Faso


Alexandra Rogushina, Tandläkare Utan Gränser


Ongoing since 2019

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3 – Good health and well-being
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Dental Care

– If you work with dental health, sign up with Swedish Dentists Without Borders to come work with us

– Toothpaste and tooth brushes.

– consumables for dental care

– Dental tools and equipment

– Funding for the local trainings

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About the project

According to the UNDP's Human Development Index, Burkina Faso is ranked 183 out of a total of 189 countries, making it the world's sixths poorest country and the public health sector has enormous shortcomings and lacks almost everything: personnel, sterile environments, equipment and premises. The lack of dentists and dental care is widespread. There are 4 trained dentists in the municipality of Ziniare with about 65,000 inhabitants.

Because of poverty, families wait to the very last moment to seek care. This applies to all types of medical care, including dental care. This in turn means that the problems are often very serious when they finally seek care. In the case of dental care, this will result in the fact that by then, the only solution is to pull out the tooth. This treatment is often done without pain relief and the experience is inhumane and traumatizing.

The goal is to build local capacity and care ethics at our dental clinic, long-term. The dental clinic will offer the local population dental care and prophylactic information and instructions aimed at improving oral health and general health in our area.

The goal:
  • Increased access to adequate dental health care with freedom of infection, reducing the incidence of caries, and curing pain
  • Elevated standard, quality and ethics in treatment methods.
  • Improved oral health
  • To be registered as a reference clinic for dental students and dental professionals

Volonteer with Dentists without borders

Twice a year, February and November, a team of dental professionals visit our center. They work with continuing education of the local staff, work clinically with mainly all school children but also everyone in the village who needs help. We plan for 5 volunteers per visit. Dentists, dental hygienists, dentists, dental technicians, students in dental care. Volunteers are responsible for air travel, vaccines, insurance and excursions. Yennenga Progress offers accommodation and food at the Nakamtenga center.

Preventive dental care

The children at our preschools and our elementary school in Nakamtenga brush their teeth every day after school meals. Thanks to an annual survey to prevent serious dental problems adequate care, regular check-ups, access to toothbrushes and toothpaste here on site, with dedicated dentists helping us to work strategically, we "solve" this painful problem and can work preventatively and curatively without the need to pull out so many teeth.


The work includes practical, clinically implemented care, in combination with the continuing education opportunity. It is important that new methods and approaches to patients are not just an issue that is discussed theoretically, but can be seen in reality. We all need good role models and concrete tools in the work to improve and develop. We hope in the future to be able to focus most of our efforts on preventive dental care!

Tandläkare utan gränser + Yennenga Progress
Tandläkare utan gränser + Yennenga Progress
Play Tandläkare utan gränser + Yennenga Progress



Who can volunteer?

TLUG is primarily aimed at dental practitioners, if available, students in the dental profession can also follow along.

How do I volunteer?

The main focus is on preventative work where prophylactic care and education are offered to improve long-term oral and general health. Some emergency dental care, filling therapies and scaling are performed based on the availability and the necessity of the location and needs.

How do I apply to contribute as a volunteer?

You apply on TLUG's website by sending a notification to the country manager. In order to participate, you must be a member of TLUG.

How long will I be away?

The project is going on for two weeks and the goal is to be abroad twice a year.

There may be changes in the arrangement.

Who will be covering the costs?

The volunteers themselves are responsible for their trip, visas, vaccinations and leisure activities. Yennenga progress stands for subsistence (ie food and accomodation) and TLUG stands for all material.

Do I need to have any experience to be abroad?

TLUG has no experience requirements, but you should feel secure in your professional role.

More information about the project can be found on: (NB: The site is in Swedish but there are nice pictures there)