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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 22-25

Oral health promotion in India rhetoric or reality

Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Terna Dental College Nerul, Navi Mumbai, India

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C Oswal Kunal
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Terna Dental College Nerul, Navi Mumbai
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The Ottawa charter, an important milestone in Health Promotion practice worldwide, defines Health Promotion (HP) as the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. Five key strategies for HP action in the charter were developed. Most people in the developed countries enjoy all the determinants of good health, adequate income, nutrition and education, sanitation, safe drinking water and comprehensive health care. These areas are still in infancy in the developing countries. In a developing country like India, principles of Alma Ata of Primary Health Care are still followed. The urban centric style of healthcare delivery has created major health equity in our country. The essence of prevention has always been neglected in a clinical setting. A lack of adequate orientation to the upcoming graduates coupled with insufficient incentives generated through preventive model makes any health promotion in the country a difficult task. Further the health promotion programs are never evaluated due to its questionable effect. The purpose of the articles is to explore the practical applicability of the principles laid down in the Ottawa charter in India. The article stimulates discussion by setting examples and analysing the need to adapt principles of Ottawa charter

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