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The UB collaborates with dental health in Africa

From left to right, Elias Isaack Mashala, Aurèlia Mañé, rector's delegate for mobility and international programs, and Jaume Miranda.

From left to right, Elias Isaack Mashala, Aurèlia Mañé, rector's delegate for mobility and international programs, and Jaume Miranda.

14/11/2019

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Doctor Elias Issack Mashala from the Arusha Hospital Mount Meru in Tanzania, will conduct a internship in the Sant Joan de Déu Campus of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the UB through a program for young researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa, promoted by the Coimbra Group Universities, which, in the last edition, gave grants to 23 researchers so they can go on a stay in other European centers. Doctor Mashala will carry out a research on dental and craniomaxillofacial pathologies in children, through the comparison between European populations and Eastern African populations.

Doctor Mashala’s stay will be supervised by Jaume Miranda, lecturer from the Department of Odontostomatology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Bellvitge campus), and doctors Lluís Brunet and Alejandro Rivera, from Hospital SAnt Joan de Déu. Elias Mashala is a researcher from the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMU) and is working on his doctoral thesis, supervised by Jaume Miranda. The oral examination will take place at the UB.

Mashala’s internship is framed in a broader context than that of the UB regarding dental health in Africa. The UB and KCMU have a collaboration memorandum, in which there is a project of the University of Barcelona to collaborate to launch a degree in Dentistry in this African center. The figure of these graduates is essential in areas far from the urban center, where prevention tasks and certain treatments such as fillings and exodontias can be carried out. At the moment, Tanzania, which has one only Faculty of Dentistry in Dar-Es-Salam, needs many of these professionals.

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