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IFDH & Global Child Dental Fund

Dental Hygienist - Social Responsibility Award

Improving Oral Health of Disadvantaged Children
2016 Volunteer Project

Social Responsibility Award

2014 Winners

1st place
The Road Less Travelled
by Carol Martin
Carol Martin
1st runner up
Buddhi Bangara Project
by Ronald Knevel
Ronald Knevel
2nd runner up
Swiss Dental Help in Myanmar
Aygol Vermot Babaki
Aygol Vermot Babaki
The 2014 winners of the GCDFund dental elective prize for members of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists have been announced. The competition was judged by a joint panel of experts from both GCDFund and IFDH.
Our 1st place winner was Carol Martin from the U.S.A with her project entitled "The Road Less Travelled". This project involves providing dental services and education in remote villages in southern Honduras.
1st runner up was Ronald Knevel for the project entitled "Buddhi Bangara Project", supporting the improvement of the oral health of Nepalese people and professionalizing the dental hygiene profession in Nepal.
2nd runner up was awarded to Aygol Vermot Babaki for the project "Swiss Dental Help in Myanmar". The project has a mission of providing dental health education and dental care to the disadvantaged people of Myanmar, in addition to distributing toothbrushes and other necessary dental equipment.
The aim of this prize is to promote awareness of social responsibility within the dental profession, especially the notion that the skills and knowledge of a dental professional may be invaluably harnessed and transferred towards improving the oral health of disadvantaged children worldwide.

The IFDH and the Global Child Dental Fund have launched a project to recognize, on an annual basis, hygienists and student hygienists who participate in a volunteering project which benefits disadvantaged children, mainly but not exclusively in low- and middle-income countries.

Eligibility Criteria
Any Dental Hygienist who is either an IFDH Individual or Student member, or member of an IFDH Country Member.

The project must be registered on the GCDFund website.

The GCDFund & IFDH Dental Hygienist Social Responsibility Award will be awarded to support any community volunteering project, in any country, which provides an Oral Health intervention for disadvantaged children.

Assessment criteria
Grant proposals will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Alignment with GCDF mission and the WFPHA's Declaration on Access to Oral Health for Children ( and
  • Needs assessment: Address the most pressing oral health needs in the community to be served.
  • Impact: The project should demonstrate improved oral health awareness to the target community.
  • Community support and previous project experience (if applicable).
  • Personal reflection by the candidate on lessons learned.

We have an award program for the 3 best projects uploaded to the GCDF Dental Electives e-depository website.

The best project, to be judged by three judges:

  • Hyewon Lee, GCDFund Consultant
  • Wanda Fedora and Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, both from the IFDH Executive Council

There will be one winner who will receive a cash prize of $3,000 and $1,000 to the two runner-ups.

If you have any queries, you can liaise with IFDH (Georgia Anas at: or GCDF Noorie Beeharry at


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