IDA Foundation provides a platform to connect. We provide direct oral health care education to under served people by innovation in education, training, research, advocacy and related programmes.
We accomplish this through three primary avenues like grant making, community building, and advocacy. In all our operations, we place transparency, credibility, and accountability first and foremost.
IDA Foundation pledges application of knowledge, experience and expertise for dental excellence and the advancement of dental professional. We promote advancement of the art and science of dentistry and dental education to improve the quality of dental care by:
IDA Foundation values the nation’s overall health and well-being. We inspire and nurture efforts that have the capacity and potential to improve health for everyone. We accomplish this through four primary avenues of education, research, promoting prevention through our initiatives and treatment. In all our operations, we place transparency, credibility and accountability first and foremost.
We value dental excellence, which translates supporting dental professionals in their practice by enhancing, updating skills and knowledge. We conduct Continuing Dental Education (CDE) and professional development programmes to ensure an adequate number of talented and skilled dental care professionals who can provide life-changing dental treatment and oral health education. Coordinating and assisting scientific and research- related activities among all sectors of the dental community.
IDA Foundation also awards deserving dental professionals who exemplify quality care and excellence in dentistry.
Besides this we are using education to improve public awareness and involvement in oral health.
At The Indian Dental Foundation, we are looking for ways to make oral health care better through our commitment to research, we are constantly supporting better treatment options. Each year, the Foundation helps fund exciting new projects that bring better dental care to the community.
IDA Foundation Partners with stakeholders to advance and influence policies and initiatives that improve oral health and dental education.
All our initiatives like Tobacco Intervention Initiative (TII)), Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF), Child Dental Foundation (CDF), Emergency Dental Cente (EDC), Healing Smile Foundation (HSF) and National Oral Cancer Registry (NOCR), Oral Health Observatory (OHO) makes public aware of the importance of good oral health. We use these initiatives to encourage the dental professionals to be more active in education and oral health promotion.
In addition we also celebrate important health days throughout the year on a National level under the Swacch Mukh Abhiyan campaign for eg: World Oral health day , National Dentist's Day etc with activities benefiting the public by IDA members.
Providing treatment with compassion and an emphasis on quality to the underserved sections of society.
Improve sustainability by building oral health awareness, fostering opportunities for support from corporations, individuals and foundations and growing revenues.
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IDA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Indian Dental Association (IDA), formed to address its humanitarian and charitable commitments. In India, oral health needs of the vulnerable populations are not addressed, resulting in pain, disfigurement, speech impairments, low self-esteem, lost school days and serious nutritional problems; reduced overall health and productivity; and increased health care costs.
IDA Foundation is a catalyst connecting patients, providers, payers, employers, government agencies and oral health professionals to address the inequalities of oral health care which exist in India; thereby changing people's lives for the better.
IDA Foundation provides a platform to connect. We provide direct care and oral health education to under served people by innovation in education, training, research, advocacy and related programmes.
The IDA funds programs and grants in India by receiving contributions from corporate donors, individual dentists and many others in order to support:
Nearly 600 million Indians suffer from dental diseases because of poverty, lack of access to care and other social and economic issues. In India, dental disease isn't a cosmetic problem. Poor oral health affects overall health. When decay is untreated, children face even greater problems as adults, including chronic conditions that contribute to lung disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia. In rare cases, oral infections have even led to death. Dental disease is 100% preventable.
IDA's National Oral Health Survey conducted in 2005, revealed rampant presence of oral diseases, with 95% of the population suffering from gum disease, only 50% using a toothbrush and just 2% of the population visiting the dentist. The survey also found Dentist : Population ratio in the rural areas to be dismally low with less than 2% dentists being available for 72% of rural population.
There was urgent need to address the diseases affecting the under-privileged groups on a war-footing. IDA responded by initiating National Oral Health Programme (NOHP). To accurately assesses needs, monitors outcomes, decreases disparities, improves access to care and ultimately improves oral health.
IDA Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization, and we pride ourselves on the variety of programmes we have instituted or supported that aid the needy, educate the community, and assist worthwhile oral health related organizations by providing the following.
We bring dental professionals and those in need together, to make a real difference. That's why we provide expert, independent and impartial advice on all aspects of oral health.
NGOs running homes for elder, disabled and mentally retarded people volunteer with IDA Foundation. Get easy-to-asses consultation and training for taking care of your patients.
NGOs for orphans , underprivileged children, girls and women are also welcome to partner with us and contribute to bringing out the meaning of IDA out.
Oral Health is vital for overall quality of life. National Oral Health Programme (NOHP) was undertaken to improve oral health because oral health is the basic expectation of all Indians. Oral health is the most basic human needs. NOHP assess needs, monitors outcomes, decreases disparities, improves access to care and ultimately improves oral health.
IDA Foundation after assessing the current oral health care system found profound and enduring oral health disparities in India. Access is hampered by a variety of socio-economic, demographic, cultural, economic, structural, and geographic factors which contribute to people's decisions to forgo dental care. Many children also did not receive needed dental care because their families cannot not afford it.
IDA introduced Community Dental Centre (CDC) to improve oral health care for vulnerable and under served individuals- including racial and ethnic minorities, people with special health care needs, older adults, pregnant women, populations of lower socioeconomic status and rural populations, among others.
IDA & Colgate endeavors to recognize & reward BDS students for their meritorious achievement in academics. The Merit Award is an incentive as well as encouragement to top 3 meritorious students who have achieved highest ranks in each BDS academic year.
IDA concluded a pact with Colgate about 40 years ago to start IDA-Colgate Merit Awards intended to promote the advancement of dental education and clinical research. The purpose of these awards is to support dental students who have demonstrated academic excellence in dentistry.
National Oral Healthcare Sushruta Awards recognize the highest standards of excellence in the oral healthcare, honoring individuals in respective fields for their outstanding achievement. These awards are instrumental for motivating other professionals to strive for greater heights and to contribute more actively towards promoting the profession’s intellectual, creative and ethical value systems.