Tobacco cessation through oral health care providers in Kenya
In a project funded by Pfizer IGLC through Global Bridges, a group of tobacco control advocates from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, will train and mobilize oral health care providers (OHCP) in tobacco use prevention and cessation. The goal is to increase the number of dental patients who abstain from or reduce tobacco use.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Oral Health Program has identified the implementation of tobacco use prevention and cessation (TUPAC) counseling guidelines as one of the priority goals in dentistry.
Intensive three-day training modules cover topics such as tobacco consumption date and current trends, the advantages of quitting tobacco use, motivational interviewing, and patient assessment and pharmacotherapies. One of the challenges is a lack of TDT medicines in public hospital pharmacies.
Dr. Elizabeth Dimba, BDS, Ph.D., of the University of Nairobi shared details of the project and an update with participants in a May 28, 2015 Global Bridges grantee conference call:
Slides and audio from the call are available in the Resources section where you will also find numerous related presentations, curricula, and guides.