Coffee grower smiles

Social problem: 

Access to oral rehabilitation services for low-income communities is limited due to its cost, because the health system considers them aesthetic procedures, which hinders their inclusion in basic benefit plans, and must be assumed directly by the user, however, these are necessary treatments for the improvement of the quality of life and the reduction of the morbidity risks at family and social level.

According to the WHO, around 30% of the world's population aged between 65 and 74 years does not have natural teeth, the loss of teeth and other oral diseases limit the ability of the affected person to bite, chew, smile and speak, while it has an impact on their psychosocial well-being; In addition to this, the rural population, especially the coffee growers, on average exceeds the age of 55, so these promises become the daily life of our coffee growers. This is why the foundation lives well in cooperation with the Swiss philanthropic fund LGT Impact Ventures and the coffee growers cooperatives developed the project of Café smiles."

General purpose: 

To contribute to rehabilitation in oral health (with dental prostheses) in the coffee growers affiliated to Bive of the cooperatives of coffee growers and other productive sectors in the departments of Caldas and Risaralda

How do we do it: 
  • We facilitate access to timely diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases, which significantly improved the quality of life of the coffee community.
  • We contribute to the recovery of Smile from coffee growers, through oral rehabilitation with dental prostheses.
  • We carry out preventative preventive treatments for coffee growers and their families.
  • We generated an educational program that allowed coffee growers to have knowledge about how to use, care for and accept their new prosthesis.
  • We recovered the smile of 260 coffee growers from Caldas, benefiting them with dental prostheses.
  • We carried out 756 prophylaxis to coffee growers and their families.
  • We managed to give continuity to the project and in 2018 the project will continue to rehabilitate the smiles of the Risaraldenses coffee growers.