Maasai Dental Clinic
Country of Operation
- World Health Dental OrganizationForeign aid agency or multilateral organization
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryMasai Dental Clinic provides dental care at no charge to the Masai people.
Key program components
The Masai people traditionally don’t use toothbrushes, toothpaste or have access to regular checkups and fluoride treatments. Remarkably, a few of the Masai have “perfect” teeth. Those that do brush do so a couple times a month, with a brush made from sugar cane.There has been a rapid increase in cavities in the teeth of children, which can be attributed to the distribution of candy to them by tourists. The clinic is staffed by students from Loma Linda University as well as volunteer dentists. To fund the operation of the Masai Dental Clinic, which provides dental care at no charge to the Masai people, two funds have been established cooperatively by NASDAD and Loma Linda University. The first is an annual operating fund which will provide resources necessary to operate the clinic – about $100,000 per year. The second is A second fund will also provide operating resources, however, it is an endowment fund held at Loma Linda University Foundation. The goal is to provide operating resources for the clinic into perpetuity. Only the income of this fund will be used to supplement the annual operating budget of the clinic. An endowment of $2 million is needed to fully fund annual operating costs. The clinic serves 10 clients a day.