For years, the capital city of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, has had many homeless children and street kids. Over the years a number of orphanages have emerged to help these often very young and helpless children.
Through a survey conducted by the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) it was identified that the oral health of children (and adults) in Mongolia contains the highest average of cavities per capita worldwide.
The Misheel Kids Foundation is focused on providing four local orphanages consisting of 622 children in total with urgent dental care to address extreme case of oral health neglect. Through fundraising and some government support the orphanages are able to give the basic needs of food, shelter and support. However, with the tight budget it has never been possible for the orphanages except in extreme cases, to provide dental care for the children.
The Misheel Kids Foundation is committed to providing a solution to reduce the number of children suffering from oral health issues, which contributes to their inability to eat nutritious food due to decay and loss of teeth.
Initiator, Swiss Registered Dental Hygienist, Gabriella Schmidt-Corsitto graduated from the Minerva Dental Hygienist School in Zürich, Switzerland.
Mrs. Schmidt-Corsitto first established a Dental Medical Care Center and a Mobile Dental Clinic in West Africa through the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, which brought aid to hundreds of underprivileged children in remote areas over the region. With encouraging results in West Africa, Mrs. Schmidt-Corsitto focus is to educate and promote the importance of oral care. She therefore continued with a similar concept in Mongolia and founded the Misheel Kids Foundation to provide the necessary care to underprivileged children in Mongolia. Mrs. Schmidt-Corsitto is an active volunteer teacher at the Mongolian National University of Medical Science, working with the students of the Dental Hygiene department and participating in many charities benefiting of the Mongolian community.