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The Rwanda Initiative

The Rwanda Initiative is a partnership between Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication and its counterpart at the National University of Rwanda. The media capacity-building project has sent more than 130 Canadians from the journalism field to Rwanda to teach journalism, work as media interns or conduct training sessions with working journalists.


Getting Educated on Oral Health

The association of dental hygienists in Canada is put together by a group of professional dental hygienists with the mission of promoting oral health to all residents throughout the entire country. The organization has also partnered with the country’s leading companies in the dental industry to help in their advocacy to spread awareness. As one of the highest ranking professions in the country, the dental hygienist plays a crucial role to the improvement of the overall well-being of all Canadian citizens. The ministry of health is in full support in addressing this condition as well as all local cities and provinces. With this, many Canadian dental institutions and clinics are on board this project including various dental clinic McKenzie has to offer to its residents.

Dental Clinics in McKenzie

There are many types of services that are available to the local residents of McKenzie. They cater to the specific need and requirement of each patient. There are facilities that focus and specialize on a particular category so that they can directly address the issue of the patient. However, most clinics offer general services that cater to the everyday needs and requirements of the average Canadian citizen. All of these treatment centers have professional dentists that have undergone extensive trainings and studies. They are equipped with knowledge and tools to assist every patient that need their help. The dental clinic McKenzie residents have are definitely of high standard and quality. They adhere to the government’s standards and criteria when it comes to providing excellent health service.

There children’s hygiene programs that are established to focus on assisting and guiding the children to a better oral health. Specialists agree that one of the best solutions is to have these values and principles instilled on an early stage. This will prevent future problems from arising by doing things right from the start. Other programs are geared towards the adults especially individuals who do not have immediate access to oral care. This is where the association of dental hygienists in Canada are trying to focus on. Education and prevention are the key factors in maintaining a good oral hygiene.

The Power of Information

One must never underestimate the importance of information. Most of us claim that we already know the basics on how to take care of our teeth and gums. However, many do not realize that there is more to knowing the right way to brush our teeth or what type of toothpaste to use. At some point each and every one of us will encounter problems with our teeth. Some patients complain about toothache or tooth decay while some are born with more complex problems that require undergoing dental procedures. That is why getting educated on these kind of issues will help us gain more knowledge, which will also prepare us in making future decisions in the long run. Imagine if you are faced with a dilemma where you are required to undergo a procedure, you will be more confident if you know more about your condition and what to expect. The same goes for basic steps in oral care. If you know how to take care of your teeth and what things to avoid, then you are already one step ahead of every one of us. Awareness is a preventive measure. Information is easily accessible through the various dental clinic McKenzie offers its residents.


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Living With, a photo exhibit that resulted from a collaboration between the Rwanda Initiative and PhotoSensitive, continues to tour Canada

» Living With exhibit opens in Montreal

» Learn more about the exhibit

» Visit Photosensitive's website


Rwanda Now: Improving Journalism One Story at a Time was a new kind of media training exercise . . .

More than 40 Rwandan journalists were selected to participate in the workshop, which took place in Butare July 7-11, 2008 under the auspices of the Rwanda Initiative.

» Learn more about the workshop
» View and listen to the stories

The Rwanda Now workshop was made possible by a grant from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, administered by the Canadian Embassy in Kigali.

 

 

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05.01.2009
Radio-Canada broadcasts reports by Rwanda Initiative teacher

05.12.2008
Rwanda Initiative participant awarded prestigious scholarship

01.09.2008
Rwanda Initiative to bring 9 Rwandan journalists to Canada for unique opportunity to study and train

03.07.2008
July 22 Launch:
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