Next week I will be speaking at the Senior Dental Leaders Programme which will be held in Boston and hosted by Â Harvard SchoolÂ ofÂ DentalÂ Medicine, the GlobalÂ Child DentalÂ Fund andÂ King’sÂ College of London. I will be Â lecturing aboutÂ Infant Oral Mutilation (IOM), a barbaric practice performed to millions of children every year in East African countries. It affects 25 million children, killing 4% every year. It is a highly dangerous and sometimes fatal practice causing agonizing pain, distress and risk of spreading diseases such as HIV/AIDS. It involves the gouging of unerupted canine teeth by untrained healers using unsterile tools.
Professor Raman Bedi from Kings College, head of the centre for International Child Oral Health invited me to be part of this project last year. After watching the video of how infant oral mutilation was performed, I realize that it was compulsory to embrace this project and use my voice to spread the word and help these children.
Infant Oral Mutilation (IOM)Â is an alarming traditional practice executed upon young children suffering from diarrhoea and fever. The corresponding swelling on the gums is mistaken for ‘tooth worms’.It is commonly performed inÂ East African countries, it involves the barbaricÂ removal of unerupted canines as the corresponding swelling on the gums are mistaken for ‘tooth worms’.
This is a highly dangerous andÂ sometimes fatalÂ practice, that can end up in children’s death due to the extremely high risk of septicaemia, tetanus and transmission of blood-borne diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Governments and aid organizationsÂ are unaware of the dangerous implications.
I truly suggest that if you want to help us raise awareness, even if you are not a dentist, to join us and become an ambassador.
All your support will be welcomed.
Visit our website here: https://www.endiom.org
Watch my video here: https://youtu.be/zoZ9xRnRBhA
Watch Prof Raman Bedi’s video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DL74Xdlun4&feature=youtu.be