© Afreepress (Lomé, the 21st March 2016)-Compassion International is an NGO which fights against poverty in children’s life. Last medical checkups in child development centers in Yoto region showed that more than 20% of children suffer from dental diseases. Thus, a campaign was organized to address the issue. From March 18toApril 12, 2016, all beneficiaries in the region and their parents will be sensitized on dental care. A free consultation is organized and the launching ceremony of this campaign took placed on the 18thMarch at the Methodist church of Tabligbo. The theme of the campaign goes: ‘’It all begins here. A healthy mouth, a healthy body.’’
In his speech, Pastor AdamaHerve of the Methodist Church of Tabligbo, hosting the ceremony, talked about the importance of hygiene especially, dental hygiene. He also encouraged the population of the region try their utmost to be consulted because good breath brings people together.MaxwellWOGOMEBU,Compassion’s Program Manager, representing Compassion’s country director, emphasized on the fact that it is always good to observe dental hygiene practices. He mentioned the reason why compassion decided to set in place the dental care event. According to Mr. Wogomebu, dental care impacts people physically, emotionally and keep on influencing their growth and how they enjoy theirs lives. He talked about the target of the campaign which is childrenwho are in child development centers, their parents and whosoever wants to be consulted. He drew the attention of the participants on the fact that in rural areas, it is very difficult to find dentists and even when there is one, people rarely go to him because they don’t have the means to afford treatments.
This four-week campaign is held the 14 child development centers in Yoto region. About 3500 children and 4000 parents and tutors are expected to be consulted during that period. Free dental screening will be made and all the participants will receive hygiene kits such as toothpaste and brushes.The total cost of this campaign turns around 25 million FCFA, about $50,000 USD.
Currently in Togo, Compassion International enrolls about 37,000 children in its holistic programs. It partners with 150 church partners all over Togo.