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ADA Foundation International Programs

Photo of five Filipino women with brand new dentures received during volunteer program

The ADA Foundation engages in a number of activities to support the improvement of global oral health. These activities include professional education, oral health infrastructure development, community dental public health, and humanitarian outreach programs.

Use the navigation on the left side of this page to learn more about these efforts.

The ADA Foundation and Health Volunteers Overseas
The ADA Foundation sponsors the oral health programs of Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO). These programs build the local capacity by providing health care professionals in resource-scarce countries with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to address the health care needs of their communities. There are currently eight ADAF/HVO programs in Cambodia, Haiti, Kenya, Laos, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Tanzania. Learn more about HVO at

Searchable International Volunteerism Database
To help dentists seeking volunteer opportunities outside of the U.S., the ADA Foundation provides an international volunteer website: Potential volunteers can search among 125 listed organizations that offer volunteer opportunities for dental professionals, and learn about how to select a volunteer program and location, how to prepare for a trip, and what to expect upon the return home.

International Disaster Assistance

The ADA Foundation unites the global dental profession by fundraising for international disasters. Past fundraising efforts have benefited programs in Haiti, Japan, the Philippines, and Nepal, following disaster events in those countries. The ADA Foundation also fields requests from NGOs involved in oral health, as well as dentists who may need in-kind donations for international dental missions, and works to connect them to industry contacts. Learn more about international disaster assistance.

Professional Education
The ADA Foundation periodically offers professional education on topics related to international charitable programs. See what the ADA Foundation is offering now.