Although central Tibetan administration in Dharmshala has established primary health care centers in almost every settlement in Himachal Pradesh, studies from volunteer western and Tibetan health workers suggested an extremely poor oral and general health situation among Tibetans. Dental treatment of these refugees often limited to just antibiotics and extraction at the time of pain because of their social and financial position.
Though Tibetans are refugees living in India they are intricately bound with the Indians since 1959. So it is our moral responsibility to take care of their health aspects. As there are no earlier studies regarding oral status and treatment requirements of Tibetan population, this study has been taken up as an eye opener to assess the oral health status and treatment needs and to explore and suggest better oral health care delivery to them.
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Tibetan population. The duration of the project is 6 months.