For thousands of kids in Kenya, poor oral health — which can lead to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even dementia — is a serious issue, one we’re determined to address by expanding access to much-needed dental care.
Our Responsible Workplace program aims to ensure that the human rights of all workers in our workplaces are respected and that we are engaged with the communities in which we operate. Because of this, we’ve funded a grant from our Wrigley Company Foundation — and in partnership with the Kenya Dental Association (KDA) — to create a program that provides free dental screenings and basic treatment for kids ages 6 to 8.
It’s called “Meno Yetu, Afya Yetu” (Swahili for “Our Teeth, Our Health”) and since January 2018, our teams have treated more than 9,000 school kids. We plan to target the remaining 10,000-plus children in phase two.
It’s just one example of how we’re taking action today to create the world we want tomorrow. That action extends to families, children and communities where we live and work. Because we know that what’s good for our people is good for business.