The origins of the ADCERRA (Auroville Dental Centre Education Research Rural Action) project were inspired by two requirements. Firstly, there was the dire need for dental care among the rural population of India. The second motivation was that we wanted to put into action the revolutionary approach of “Concept 0 (zero)” into Health Care, and in particular into dental care. It offered the possibility of a much broader outreach with more affordable means in a larger setting.
‘India, with close to 70% of its 1.2 billion population living in rural areas, has a quasi—non—existent dental care service in these rural areas. Out of the 1,18,000 registered dentists in India today, only 2% of these professionals care for the majority of the rural population, or a ratio of 1 dentist for about 250,000 people. As a result, the vast majority suffers from tooth decay and gum diseases. It is estimated that only half of the population use a toothbrush, primarily due to lack of awareness. The majority of the rural population lives in over half a million villages, and with poor infrastructures and lack of access to transportation, few have access to oral health service’.
[ Information quoted above taken from Demographics of Dentistry in India, Indian Journal of Dental Sciences, June 2011, Issue:2, Vol.:3 ]
ADCERRA’s rural programme was designed to address the absence of dentists in these rural communities,focusing on education, prevention and basic care while prioritising children and educating them for long term impact!
Our objectives were simple: increase access to basic dental care with emphasis on preventive treatment using locally trained dental health workers. In addition, provide information and awareness about oral health with a systematic educational programme.