RESEARCH GRANT(Winners)


Obinna Eboh Franklyn is currently a House officer in University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu Nigeria. He graduated from the University of Nigeria Nsukka with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree and was the best graduating student of the Faculty of dentistry in 2014. He loves reading, music and surfing the internet. His project is titled ‘mother’s knowledge of oral health care of children in Enugu, Nigeria’. The study will identify the relationship between mother’s age, educational level, occupation and knowledge of oral health care of children; the effect of oral health education on oral health knowledge of mothers 4 weeks after the education; and the frequency of utilization of oral health services by mother. He receives an award of N100,000 from the Paediatric Dental Working Group to support the conduct of his project.


Alphonce Owino Ogada is a Kenyan dentist with BDS from the University of Nairobi. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Nairobi. His research is titled “Dental caries, gingivitis and nutritional status of preschool children aged 36-59 months in Kiambu County, Kenya”. The main objective of the study is to determine the pattern of occurrence of dental caries and gingivitis in relation to nutritional status of children. In future, he would love to work with children by providing them with preventive and curative oral health care. He would also love to conduct research on issues relating to nutritional status and oral diseases in children. He receives an award of USD$1000.00 from the Paediatric Dental Working Group to support the conduct of his project.


Mercy Namshitu Gideon attained her Bachelor of Dental Sciences in 2007 from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa .Thereafter she interned at Lugalo Military Hospital, Tanzania and later on joined the Pediatric In and Outpatient clinic in Dental Department at Muhimbili National Referral Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as a clinical registrar. She coaches and mentors intern dentists from Muhimbili Allied Medical School during their rotation in the Paedodontic Unit. She is currently enrolled at the University of Nairobi Kenya to pursue a Master’s Degree in Paediatric Dentistry. As a partial fulfillment to her Maters program, she will conduct a research titled ‘early childhood caries (ECC) in relation to the children’s socioeconomic status in Tandale, dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The aim of the study is to determine the prevalence of ECC and its association with socio-economic status among low-income children in Tandale, Dar es Salaam. Specifically, she will determine the prevalence of ECC, weaning and dietary practices, oral hygiene practice among low income children and association of ECC with oral health behaviours among low income children in Tandale, Dar es Salaam. She is an active member of the Tanzania Dental Association and the Kenya Association of Paediatric Dentistry. She receives an award of USD$1000.00 from the Paediatric Dental Working Group to support the conduct of her project.