1 Dental Clinic
The clinic is staffed by a dentist and a dental assistant (nurse).
It offers more conservative care of high standards for the patients who come from rural areas around Auroville. Currently it caters for about 20 villages with a total population of 25,000 people (see the map). In addition, its resident dentist treats the cases that are referred by the Dental Health Workers from the 10 sub-centres.
10 Dental Sub-Centres:
The 10 dental sub-centres are located in the surrounding villages, primarily set up to address the needs of school children. 5 of these have fixed locations within dedicated buildings, and the other 5 are set-ups placed within various schools (called mobile set-ups).
These sub-centres target 9 villages and schools in the villages. The prime objective of these sub-centres is to promote awareness on oral health and nutrition at the grass root level, as well as provide preventive care to reduce the need for expensive treatment on the long term. Parents as well as school teachers are targeted by this programme. Initially the sub-centres were located in the villages with the greatest need for dental care. Subsequently, these where relocated so as to match the population density and therefore maximise the outreach. The fixed centres are located in villages where there is a Dental Health Worker originating from the community in order to facilitate the communication and build a stronger trust factor. The Mobile set-ups are given preference for villages where there is no Dental Health Worker within the local community, or to villages having multiple schools and a high children population, or in some cases when the local sub-centre is too far from a given school. Each sub-centre is staffed with 2 Dental Health Workers (one of them playing alternatively the role of operator and then assistant). These workers are women from the villages trained specifically for primary dental care. The distribution of manpower is based on population density, with on average 1 Dental Health Worker per 1,000 people.
At present, we are covering the 17 schools surrounding Auroville, with their 4,500 children who come into our focus. Twice a year, systematic campaigns are carried out in each school, with education, check-ups, preventive procedures and basic treatments.