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IDA Foundation sponsors Kenyan exchange students
For a second year the Indiana Dental Association's Foundation is sponsoring two exchange dental students from Moi University School of Dentistry in Eldoret, Kenya, to spend time studying at the I. U. School of Dentistry in Indianapolis. The two students, Zipporah Rop and Nahason Maringa (pictured from left to right in the accompanying photo), arrived in Indianapolis August 14 to participate in the international program.
The individuals were selected by Moi University for having the highest academic achievements among the other applicants.
Zipporah and Nahason will be participating in classes, CTS, laboratory, SEAL Indiana and other community-based programs. The exchange students will not be providing clinical services, but IUSD faculty will provide infection control and privacy training to enable them to observe in clinical settings when they have appropriate consents from faculty and patients. IUSD students will host the visiting Moi students. Although Kenya’s national language is Swahili, Zipporah and Nahason are both fluent in English.
Dr. Karen Yoder, Director of Civic Engagement and Health Policy at IUSD, said financial support from multiple organizations helps accomplish important goals for the profession.
"This is another example of how organized dentistry supports student learning and achievement," Dr. Yoder said. "Without support from multiple sources, this wouldn’t be happening."
For more information about the IU-Kenya Partnership visit www.iukenya.org. Information about IUSD’s role in the partnership is located here.
Karen M. Yoder, PhD, MSD
Director, Civic Engagement and Health Policy
Professor of Preventive and Community Dentistry
Indiana University School of Dentistry
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