Oral Health Program

PAHO Director opening remarks appeal to work together to promote oral health in Latin America and the Caribbean while signs a new partnership agreement between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Colgate-Palmolive Company that will support PAHO's Caries Free Communities Initiative (CFCI), a community-based program.

For more information in English click here,  and for information in Spanish click here.

Your Donation Will Help Restore Dental Health Services in Haiti. (Click here to visit the Pan American Health and Education Foundation Website)

The OHOH Coalition is rebuilding dental health services in Haiti by mobilizing volunteers and providing dental equipment.

The Dental Trade Alliance Members Help Rebuild Haitian Oral Health Care

In collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization, the dental community in Haiti has completed an evaluation of the status of their facilities and the immediate needs in the community. Working with DTA, PAHO has also developed a mechanism to assure that donated equipment and supplies will reach the appropriate parties in Haiti.   [For more information click here]

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The Caries Free Communities Initiative (CFCI) is an eight year plan that represents a widely sustained effort to combat the great burden of caries throughout the Americas. The principal goal of the strategy is to reduce the burden of oral disease by the year 2015 by reducing the prevalence of caries and increasing the coverage of services in the most vulnerable populations in the 'Region of the Americas'. Vulnerable populations are identified as low socio-economic groups such as marginalized and geographically isolated populations, women, children, and people infected with AIDS.


  • #1: Ensure a degree of access of essential and basic oral health for all through opportunities directed towards the 'care and treatment' of the most vulnerable groups.
  • #2: Integrate the oral health component in the services of Primary Health Care (PHC).
  • #3: Increase verified Cost-Effective interventions: plan of several years of fluoridation programs in the Americas and expansion of coverage in oral health with simple technologies.

Action Plan:

  • Phase I: Form partnerships with the public and private sectors that support the initiative and ensure their sustainability by identifying the most vulnerable communities in every country.   
  • Phase II: Oral health interventions implemented to reduce caries by 80% among targeted communities by the year 2014.   
  • Phase III: Empowering the national and local health authorities, members of the academic community and local associations, and the organization of educational activities for oral health promotion. Training of oral health professionals throughout the Region, measuring the progress, and disseminating the results.   

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Precvious CFCI Activities in the Region (reports):

CFCI Training Resources:

Workshop "Train the trainer"

Are you interested in participating in CFCI? 

If you would like to participate in this momentous initiative that has the backing of Ministries of Health, public health associations, and dental schools, but needs your support and involvement to succeed, please contact us. 

This publication frames the collective work over three days of the `Region of the Americas` countries to propose actions necessary for improving oral health conditions.

The fundamental purpose of this report is to give an account of the activities of the Oral Health of the Americas Workshop, the context of the initiatives, the participation of experts from various countries, and the conclusions and submitted recommendations.

The participants' work was concentrated on three general objectives: to discuss and share information on intervention strategies; to propose, at the very least, an intervention model on a target population; as well as to discuss the projects to reach a final resolution.

Downlowd Final Report

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Saskia Estupiñán-Day, Trevor Milner, Marisol Téllez. La Salud Oral de los Niños de Bajos Ingresos: Procedimientos para el Tratamiento Restaurativo Atraumático (PRAT). 2006. (Informe final. Número de proyecto 091024)

pdf  La Salud Oral de los Niños de Bajos Ingresos (979.05 kB)