Oral Health Programme for School Children in Indonesia

Indonesia, as many other Asian countries, is still facing one of major public health problems which is oral diseases with the highest prevalence of dental caries. Much research indicates that dental caries could lead to some negative impacts on children health in the aspect of child growth, as well as social and emotional well-being. In order to overcome the problem, since 1951, Ministry of Health Republic Indonesia has been developing and implementing a programme called Usaha Kesehatan Gigi Sekolah (Dental Health School Programme) which is integrated in the national programme named Usaha Kesehatan Sekolah (School Health Programme).

Currently, the Indonesia Dental Health School Programme has been renewed and revitalized through the publication of new guidelines which includes some new approaches. In this session, we will hear Indonesia’s experience in implementing new approaches in Oral Health Programme for School Children.

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