PRASAD Dental Health Programs
Through its comprehensive dental health programs, The PRASAD Project is putting smiles on the faces of thousands of underprivileged people in the Tansa Valley region in Maharashtra, India, and on the faces of children in Sullivan and Ulster counties, New York.
PRASAD has been providing preventive and restorative dental health programs since 1991 in India, and since 1998 in the U.S., in New York State. We reinforce these programs with regular dental health education initiatives.
PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program (PRASAD CDHP), New York State
In the United States, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease. It affects one in four elementary school children and two out of three adolescents. Nationally, children lose 51 million school hours each year because of dental problems.
PRASAD CDHP’s Beginnings
The PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program is based in Sullivan County, New York, where The PRASAD Project also has its headquarters.
A survey conducted in 1995 showed that 75 percent of Sullivan County children from low-income homes needed immediate dental care. Through consultations with local health and school officials, The PRASAD Project determined the county needed a school-based program. The outcome was the PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program, which began in April 1998.
We deliver services, exclusively to children, via a mobile dental clinic, because of the rural nature of the county and the lack of public transportation. We provide these services through arrangements with schools and colleges; with local agencies such as Social Services, County Public Health, Head Start and with New York State officials. In 2004, the program expanded its service to Ulster County, and it now visits 17 locations between Sullivan and Ulster counties. PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program has served more than 68,409 children.NOTE: Our program in the USA does not provide dental care services to adults.
Learn more at the PRASAD CDHP website.
Dental Care Program, PRASAD Chikitsa, India
The residents in the Tansa Valley of Maharashtra, India, suffer from a host of dental problems brought on by poor nutrition and lack of knowledge about oral hygiene. In 1991, PRASAD Chikitsa began providing dental care to locals through the Shree Muktananda Dental Van. In 2003, we started the dental clinic, which now treats more than 4,500 patients a year. The clinic has all the facilities to treat dental problems, from cavities to dentures, and is the only such facility in a 30-kilometer radius.