Johnson Wambugu, BDS, MPH, FICD
Dr. Johnson J. Wambugu, BDS, MPH, FICD
Dental Officer in Charge
“Ever since I was a teenager, I dreamed of pursuing a challenging career which would not only allow me to use my hands, but also provide an opportunity to interact with members of society from all walks of life. I joined the dental profession for a variety of reasons, the main one being to have a direct positive impact in the lives of people by helping them feel and look better. I derive my greatest satisfaction from relieving people of dental pain, and giving them a good smile.
In January 2007, I was privileged to join a Christian mission organization—the PCEA Kikuyu Hospital—whose vision of expressing the love of Christ through healing resonated deeply with my personal convictions of helping Kenyan communities with oral health problems. Since its inception in June 2006, the Kikuyu Hospital Dental Clinic (KHDC) has continued to make an impact on the oral health of Kenyan population living around Kiambu, Kajiado, Nakuru, and Nairobi counties. The clinic has been able to create goodwill among the community living around the hospital through provision of various preventive and curative services that were absent before its inception. Prior to its establishment, people had to commute long distances to receive dental treatment. Regular outreaches are also carried out in the schools neighboring the hospital, while oral health education is given to the wider Kenyan community via monthly radio programs. We envision starting an apprenticeship or training for dental assistants to contribute to the Kenyan oral health workforce.
The facility also continues to welcome international volunteers who wish to use their God-given skills to give back to humanity. In the past we have hosted volunteers from USA, UK and Germany. In 2012, the clinic partnered with Global Dental Relief (GDR) in order to meet its outreach goals. GDR mobilizes volunteers from across the globe, who generously give of their time and resources. GDR conducts annual camps every first quarter of the year to the neighboring schools and so far about 4,000 school children have benefited from this program.
We are grateful to the International College of Dentists for their generosity and continued support through which KHDC has made an impact in the lives of Kenyan communities. We believe that through God’s help we will traverse uncharted waters in public health dentistry.”
– Dr. Wambugu