University Research Trust, GlaxoSmithKline sign sponsorship agreement for mobile dental clinic

GSK sponsors a Mobile Dental Clinic to reach out to sectors of Maltese society to conduct a national survey on oral health, while offering screening and advice.

(from left): RIDT CEO Wilfred Kenely, RIDT Board Director Winston Zahra, University Rector Professor Juanito Camilleri, GSK Malta Country Manager Monica Abdilla, and the Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery Prof Nikolai Attard
(from left): RIDT CEO Wilfred Kenely, RIDT Board Director Winston Zahra, University Rector Professor Juanito Camilleri, GSK Malta Country Manager Monica Abdilla, and the Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery Prof Nikolai Attard

The University of Malta Research Trust (RIDT) signed a sponsorship agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (Malta) Ltd (GSK) for the setting up of a Mobile Dental Clinic. In the coming weeks, the Mobile Dental Clinic will reach out to sectors of Maltese society to conduct a national survey on oral health, while offering screening and advice.

This project is an initiative of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the University of Malta which is being supported by RIDT. The aim is to raise awareness about oral healthcare within the community and includes the promotion of research and an increased active participation in the socio-economic wellbeing of the Maltese population.

GSK Malta Country Manager Monica Abdilla said, “GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative products with the mission to enable consumers to do more, feel better and live longer.

"As part of this mission, our oral healthcare business focuses specifically on making the world’s mouths healthier. We aim to achieve this by working continuously to develop and bring to market new products for a wide range of oral healthcare needs”

RIDT CEO Wilfred Kenely said, “It is highly significant to have a world leading pharmaceutical company like GSK joining our efforts to carry out this project. This is a first for the University of Malta to embark on such a worthwhile dental outreach programme in Malta and Gozo.

"To reach the community in the coming weeks, this programme has two aims: sensibilising the community about the importance of dental care while at the same time gathering information at grassroots level for academic research.”

Other sponsors include Cherubino Ltd, Suratek Ltd and Bart Enterprises, who have donated dental equipment for the Mobile Dental Clinic, the Good Causes Fund and Rahuma International Ltd.

The Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery Prof Nikolai Attard said, “The University’s Mobile Dental Clinic will be introducing educational preventive programmes that will hopefully result in an overall improvement where oral health care is concerned.”

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