Start of the project

December 2006

On the cover of glossy magazines you can see bright smiling white-teethed young woman. Ever realized of how much influence a good dental health is on your entire health?

You probably do, given all the attention that is paid to dental health care in Western Europe. Most of the people in The Gambia (a small country in Western Africa) however probably have not. With their struggle for the day-to-day life, brushing teeth and visiting a dentist regularly is not what really concerns them. With all its consequences... 

In The Gambia only few people visit regularly a dentist. In The Gambia there is only one governmental Dental Health Centre, which is located at the coast and pretty unreachable because of the poor condition of the roads in the inner country. Whilst there are a few private clinics, these are too expensive for the major part of the Gambian population. In Jiboro, a small village in the inner country of The Gambia, there already is a Health Care Centre, built by Care Foundation The Gambia. To improve the Health Care in this area, a dentist practice is required.

In 2006 we have started an Executive MBA at Ambition Academy, in collaboration with Business School Lausanne. For the entire nine months of the programme, we will work on a real-life business case: to set up a real, internationally oriented business in a less economically developed country or in the context of Corporate Social Responsibility. We heard about the plans of Care Foundation The Gambia and contacted Ineke de Rijk, founder of this organisation. Soon it was clear we could mean something for each other and the project ‘Operational Dental Health Centre’ was born.

Goal of the project is to contribute to the health and living conditions of the Jiboro citizens by offering dental health care. The project will provide a building, inventory, a solar installation and dental equipment. We will concentrate on the building at first. Care Foundation The Gambia will then concentrate on the inventory, solar installation and equipment. Our deadline for the building is the end of our Executive MBA programme in June 2007.

You can also help the citizen of Gambia by donating a small ammount to the project for the Dental Health Care building, inventory and instruments. Bankaccount: 55.24.12.686 t.n.v. Stichting Care Foundation The Gambia in Haarlem, o.v.v. ‘Tandartspraktijk Jiboro’. Thank you for your support! 

For more information about the project and the foundation, check:http://www.carefoundationthegambia.nl/. If you have any questions or if you would like to receive more information, please e-mail us: tandartspraktijk.gambia@gmail.com.