Mobile Dental Office





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Project Description

Region: South America

Country: Brazil

Location: Maringá

Total Budget: $35,025

Area of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment

1) Planned Activities

- This project aims to purchase a trailer and equip it with dental equipment to create a mobile dental office that can make shifting care to underserved communities.

The acquisition and adaptation of the trailer will contribute to the already existing initiative called "Projeto Sorrir" (Smiling Project).

The 'Smiling Project' has education goals in the area of prevention in oral health for children through art (puppet theater), training of oral health agents, awareness and training opportunities for dental students facing poor communities, and dental care for poor communities that do not have resources or access to dentists.

2) Who will be the global grant beneficiaries?

The direct beneficiary of this global grant are children and adults, regardless of indade, living in disadvantaged communities, in most cases, do not have access to dental care.

Currently, the operational base of the 'Smiling Project' is located in "Conjunto Vale Azul" (the Blue Valley Set) in Maringa city, Parana State, and the focus of 'Smiling Project' is initially provide care to residents of poor communities surrounding the project's operational base. The 'Smiling Project' with the Itinerant Office will be able to conduct free dental care to about 1,000 people a year around of its operational base or other regions of South America.

The current work already involves travel to underserved communities throughout Brazil and Paraguay, and expand its potential service for other places in South America. Since 2006, every year the 'Smiling Project' team visits "Coronel Oviedo" (inside Paraguay) to perform free dental care. In this context, the 'Project Smiling' expects to serve about 500 people per year in countries in South America, especially in Paraguay.

With the acquisition of trailer adapted as a traveling office, the 'Smiling Project' estimates to attend around 1,500 people a year in poor communities in Brazil and Paraguay.

3) What activities the Global Grant will finance?

3.1 - Trailer acquisition.

3.2 - Purchase of durable equipment for dental care.

3.3 - Trailer adaptation turning into traveling office.

4) Where will your project take place?

The acquisition and adaptation of Trailer will be held in Brazil, in the states of Paraná and São Paulo. The assistance to underserved communities will be made in Brazil and Paraguay, and possibly in other locations in Latin America.

5)When will the Project be done?

From july/2016 to december/2016

6)Schedule for the implementation of your project

Trailer and other dental equipments acquisition - 60 days

Trailer's adaptation into a travelling office - 90 days

7) What community needs will the project meet and how have such needs been identified?

The project has conducted dental care for more than 2.000 people. The 'Smiling Project' team identified poor communities and visited the cities of Maringá-PR, Sarandi-PR, Itambé-PR, Hinterland of Maranhão, Porto Velho, among others.

Through the clinical examination in patients in specific neighborhoods of these cities, there has been a high rate of DMFT (decayed, missing and filled teeth). Through a preventive education program and clinical care can we improve these indices. The 'Project Smiling' has a group of volunteers already registered, who performs dental care and other actions related to oral health.

Besides these professionals, there are partners who contribute to the purchase of consumables and other transfer costs to poor communities.

The 'Smiling Project' also holds agreements with higher education institutions, by which students perform internships, receive training and perform care in underserved communities.

Project beneficiaries receive guidance.

8)How were community members involved in project planning? Does the project aligns to some local activity already underway?

The 'Smiling Project' is linked to the "Jovens com uma Missão - JOCUM" (Youth with a Mission - YWAM) and provides support for its development. Through this institution, local communities and other cities are visited with the purpose of conducting educational and social activities. Such visits have identified the reality of the oral health of the population. Operational base in Maringa involves: the tutoring for children from the local rural school; the distribution of food; adult literacy; computer classes for children; lectures and work on drug prevention; and Bible teaching. Such actions are underway in the neighborhood 'Blue Valley Set' in Sarandi, and during this work with the local community the urgency of dental care to local residentes was observed. In 'Blue Valley' neighborhood live about 2.000 people and there is no local dental office, whether in a public health service center, or a private dentist.

9) Describe any training, community campaigns and educational programs (if any) and inform who will perform them. How will people be selected?

The team Smiling Project already performs the following activities through a portable office that is temporarily installed in spaces donated by the community, such as schools and churches. However, transport is difficult and the assembly is slow, often limiting the work and providing care in environments not always ideal. By Itinerant Office it will be possible to carry out the visits under appropriate conditions, including:

a) Dental care: Perform clinical procedures such as tooth extractions, restorations, prophylaxis and fluoride application, provisional, Hawley plates with teeth stock for some clinical cases where it can be installed, and root canal dressings; activities with possible partnership of other professionals or students on stage.

b) Education: The design's excellence and prevention are the reasons why it will be able to work with education in oral health for the patient during treatment, using educational theater with puppets for children and adults. Such activities are carried out inviting the community to an entertaining day with games and education in oral health. These actions can be carried out in partnership with the city government, churches or local community members.

The project aims to provide care smile to people without the condition to make a decent conventional dental treatment. The selection of these people in a given community when needed has the support and criteria defined also by the city government, churches, organizations or the community itself.


Youth With A Mission Maringa

11)Explain how this organization was selected. With what resources or knowledge does this organization contribute?

Resources and experience of Smiling Project (cost of consumables, hand voluntary work, cost transfers, guidance to students / volunteers)

Primary Host Partner

District: 4630

Rotary Club of: Maringá-Sul

Primary Contact: Andre Carneiro Giandon

Email: andregiandon@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 6630

Rotary Club of: Strongsville

Primary Contact: Jay Dzurilla

Email: dzperson@aol.com

Project Status

This project has been "Dropped". Check the history log entries to see why it was dropped.

Project listed for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Maringá-Sul (4630)





Maringá-Parque do Ingá (4630)





Strongsville (6630)





Remaining Amount to Raise

Additional Club Contribution (Needed) - Add a contribution




Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

Creation of project page.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $400 by Renata Mestriner Mestriner of the Rotary Club of Maringá-Parque do Ingá, District 4630.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $500 by Jay Dzurilla of the Rotary Club of Strongsville, District 6630.


System Entry

System Entry: Project dropped per lack of response to the carry-over notification emails.

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