On the World Oral Health Day, Merci Charity Boutique Association and Vodafone Romania Foundation launch the app called Aplicatia Cabinetelor si Unitatilor Medicale Mobile (ACUMM) [e.n. – the Application of the Mobile Medical Practices and Facilities], the first digital platform for the management of the mobile dental practices. The new tool will be used to collect necessary data for a national survey on the oral health of the children in the rural areas that will be conducted between March and July 2019. Vodafone Romania Foundation is funding the project with almost RON 170,000.
The team of the mobile dental practice “Zana Merciluta”, a project that was launched by the Merci Charity Boutique Association, will test the ACUMM digital platform in the next 5 months. The operations carried out by using this platform are: patient management, monitoring the access to dental treatment services in rural areas, identifying the most common dental diseases, analyzing the serious diseases prevented by prophylaxis or in which the dental treatment has been used, and estimating the amount of the interventions made on children using the infrastructure of the mobile practice. At the end of July, the data collected on the ground will be included in the survey on the oral health of the children in rural areas of Romania.
Preliminary data collected between July 1 and November 30, 2018 from almost 350 children in 19 villages indicated that the most common dental disease is cavity, with an average of 3.47 cavities/child, at the upper limit of the margin of the European average. According to the World Health Organization, at the age 12, dental cavities affect an average number of 0.5 to 3.5 teeth.
The program “Zana Merciluta” was launched in 2014 by endowing the first mobile dental practice and benefitted from the support of Vodafone Romania Foundation through the programs “Voluntar de profesie” and “Fondul pentru fapte bune”. Vodafone Romania Foundation’s total investment in this project amounted to almost RON 340,000 until today. The mobile practice has 18 months of consultations on the ground, and in the coming months, it will continue its journey through the country, and is going to reach 1,800 children at the half of 2019.