IAPD Education Fund / The Need for Dental Education

One way to improve the dental health of children is by improving the education of those who provide their care.

Unfortunately, many of those most needing the education cannot afford to travel from their countries to obtain continuing education.

In 2001 the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) recognized the need for educational outreach programs for less wealthy nations. Consequently, the project Dentists for All Children (DENFAC) was designed to assist university teachers in those countries. This has been a successful teach-the-teachers project. Workshops have been held in Romania, Poland, Turkey, Peru, Senegal and China. However, without notable contributions, these workshops would not have taken place. IAPD members volunteered their services and sponsors contributions covered the cost of the workshops. IAPD is grateful to the following sponsors of DENFAC: Colgate Palmolive, 3M ESPE, Oral B, and GC Corporation. These companies partnered with us to improve dental education to help the children we serve.

In 2007 IAPD recognized the need to do more. It was noted that increased education was needed for practicing dentists who provide care for children in less wealthy nations. As a result, another outreach program was created- IAPD Regional Meetings. Similar to the DENFAC project, IAPD members will volunteer their services and sponsorships will be required for other expenses. Hence, we now have two educational outreach programs and again we need financial help.


The International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) is a non-profit organization founded in 1969, with the objective to contribute to the progress and promotion of oral health for children around the globe.

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IAPD has now 69 National Member Societies and represents more than 15,000 dentists.

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