ANNAPOLIS, Maryland--The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures has launched an unprecedented fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $1 million by 2008.
OSAP is raising funds to help improve the health and safety of more than one million people in the global dental community. The campaign, "One million dollars�one million lives safer," will help fund a wide range of programs and services to help promote safety and infection control worldwide.
OSAP has been dentistry's infection control resource, whether for ongoing assistance or for help with unexpected disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina.
Since its inception in 1984, OSAP has conducted educational seminars on infection control and safety practices for tens of thousand of clinicians in the US and other countries, has developed educational materials and training tools, and has participated with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in disseminating guidelines and practice recommendations.
Health-care workers and patients face an increasing number of infectious disease threats around the world. Dental professionals must have the knowledge and the skills to protect themselves and their patients.
The "One million dollars�one million lives safer" campaign will provide critical funds that will allow OSAP to expand its programs, undertake new projects, and lead the way in helping dentistry address the rising threat from infectious disease.
The fund-raising effort will help support important projects such as OSAP Infection Control and Safety Educational Materials for developing countries, a Needlestick Kit (in English & Spanish) to be provided to U.S. dental educational programs, and a recognized certification program for dental infection control and safety healthcare professionals that will ensure the safety of dental patients and the dental team.
For more information or to donate, call (800) 298-6727, or go to www.OSAP.org.