(October 31, 2012) – The Rosalie Warpeha Caribbean Institute for Strategic Planning and Research in Oral Health recently awarded the Sandals Foundation for its contribution to the field of dentistry and oral health in Jamaica.
Since the inception of the Sandals Foundation in March 2009, the non-profit organization has worked closely with Great Shape! Inc., a committed partner of the Sandals Foundation that carries out the ‘1000 Smiles’ program to improve dental hygiene and oral health awareness.
“We thank the Institute for this award, which the Foundation will use as further motivation to continue the drive for helping those in need access dental care, and increase oral hygiene awareness especially among children. Oral health has an impact on overall health and we are especially grateful to Great Shape! Inc., who has been a consistent partner over the years, for their contribution to the health of Jamaicans,” said Heidi Clarke, director of programs at the Sandals Foundation.
Through the ‘1000 Smiles’ program, the world’s largest humanitarian dental outreach initiative, dental treatments have been administered to more than 45,000 people in Jamaica while over 1,000 children have been provided with sealants. The Sandals Foundation has also facilitated the Great Shape! Inc.’s donation of dental equipment to six clinics in Jamaica.
Most recently, in observance of Oral Health Month, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International launched the Sandals Foundation Oral Health Project – designed to boost oral hygiene awareness and education – while facilitating free dental screenings throughout October in partnership with Great Shape! Inc. and Brush up Jamaica.
Meanwhile, Sesame Workshop – the non-profit and education organization behind Sesame Street – came on board with the Sandals Foundation Oral Health Project to provide 2,600 “Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me” outreach kits for children across Jamaica. These educational kits are funded in part by the Sam’s Club Giving Program and MetLife Foundation.
“We are proud to be able to partner with such admirable organizations that help to alleviate challenges in accessing dental care in Jamaica and we are truly grateful for their humanitarian efforts,” Clarke asserted.