Dentist with child


hugging coupleWelcome to the CHDI ! Many years ago our work began in Haiti. Starting with direct care, we quickly changed to providing education to the dentists and then supported a permanent clinic. At the same time we were developing the concept for the institute, we discovered the World Health Organization with its Basic Package of Oral Care and how this design of delivering oral health care in emerging countries is sustainable, appropriate and affordable to deliver.

Our initial efforts of implementing the Atraumatic Restorative Treatment were very successful. We refined the techniques and procedures through the efforts of many North American dentist’s mission trips and then added the OUT and AFT components soon after.

In September 2012 a major initiative, the Preventive Oral Health Care Plan (POHCP) was launched. It is an ongoing mobile clinic program where the BPOC is being delivered by member dentists of the North Haiti Dental Association and volunteer dentist like yourself. Collaborating with the MSPP and the NHDA the CHDI now finds a new role, one that is supportive, administrative, advisory and consulting.

We encourage you to join our efforts, just ‘plug’ yourself into our established program, your experience will be rewarding and your work efforts successful. Thank you for visiting our site, enjoy the reading and we hope to see you in Cap Haitien.

Dr. Ihor N. Suszko

How We Help

headerbullet Education

The primary focus and the cornerstone of the CHDI is based on timely continuing education programs for the dentists where sessions are coupled with direct care teaching demonstrations.

headerbullet OUT

Treatment is targeted for the emergency relief of oral pain, management of infections, and dental trauma. Access to this basic care is a fundamental right for people.

headerbullet AFT

Preventing cavities through fluoride use is considered to be an efficient means of controlling decayed teeth. To be effective the treatment has to be affordable, available and therapeutic. Education on the prevention of dental disease is delivered to everybody at the community health centers.

headerbullet ART

is a procedure based on removing tooth decay using hand instruments alone and restoring the cavity with adhesive filling materials.