In 1968, the Special Olympics International organization was founded to create a friendly attitude towards people with mental retardation and to create conditions for the realization and development of their abilities, as well as to improve the quality of their life. This movement is mainly developed with the help of voluntary assistants - volunteers.
Since 2003, as part of the activities of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry volunteer team, students of the Belarusian State Medical University take part in events organized by Special Olympics International organization. On December 4, 2019, students of the 7208 group of the Faculty of Dentistry, under the leadership of the initiator of the volunteer movement at the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, associate professor M. Klenovskaya and Deputy head of the Department for Educational Work. N. Kravtsova-Kuhmar took part in the Healthy Smiles program in the framework of the Republican Basketball Tournament at European Basketball Week in the Olympic sports complex "Stayki".
Under this program, student volunteers and teachers examined the oral cavity of children-athletes. With the help of bright visual aids and toys in a playful way, children-athletes were trained in the rules of brushing their teeth. Each child received a gift of an oral care kit: toothpaste, toothbrush and a memo of relevant topics. Children-athletes listened attentively to student volunteers, carefully repeated the rules for oral cavity caring. Students enthusiastically participated in this program and gained invaluable experience working with children.
Author: N. Kravtsova-Kuhmar, Deputy Head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry for educational work; dean’s office of Dental Faculty.