Brief Profile of the Regional Centre for Oral Health Research and Training Initiatives (RCORTI) for Africa, Jos
In 1982 in Lagos, Nigeria, a resolution was made to establish the Intercountry Centre for Oral Health (ICOH) for Africa in Jos, Nigeria following which a World Health Organization monograph (WHO ORH.CONF./82.1) was subsequently issued. This formed the working document and the basis of which an agreement was signed between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the WHO African Region, following which the Centre was formally inaugurated to commence operations in 1988. In the 2000 and 2002 Executive Council Conclusions, the Federal Government of Nigeria approved the Centre as a full-fledged parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Health, following which a new MoU was signed with the WHO Regional Office for Africa.
In conformity with the Regional Oral Health Strategy, the name of the centre was changed from the Intercountry Centre for Oral Health (ICOH) for Africa to the Regional Centre for Oral Health Research and Training Initiatives (RCORTI) for Africa. The Regional Centre for Oral Health Research and Training Initiatives (RCORTI) for Africa, Jos is a research centre working in collaboration with the WHO and involved in conducting research, training and demonstration activities relating to health problems affecting the oro-facial region, with specific (but not exclusive) emphasis on Noma (cancrum oris), oral cancers, oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS, dental caries, periodontal diseases, dental fluorosis and cranio-facial anomalies. The Centre’s activities are coordinated by a Technical Board which is made up of renowned researchers representing the WHO, WHO/AFRO member countries, Research Institutes in Nigeria; and the host (Plateau) State Government.
The Centre has carried out various epidemiological surveys in Nigeria and some other countries in the sub-region, depending on the study subject. Examples include
(i) National descriptive epidemiological surveys on dental caries,
(ii) National descriptive epidemiological surveys on periodontal diseases
(iii) National descriptive epidemiological surveys on Noma (cancrum oris);
(iv) National descriptive epidemiological surveys on head and neck cancers;
(v) National Oral Health Manpower and Facilities Survey for Nigeria
(vi) Oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS in North Central Nigeria
(vii) House-hold surveys on the water drinking habits of Nigerian children (South-South and North Central Nigeria);
(viii) Oral health Status of Nigerians (North West, North East and North Central Nigeria);
(ix) Periodontal tooth loss among geriatric Nigerians (North Central Nigeria);
(x) Exclusive breast-feeding and noma in Nigeria (North West Nigeria and Niger Republic).
We have a team of qualified, young and enthusiastic researchers, comprising of dental surgeons, public health physician, dental therapists, statisticians and information technologists.
We at RCORTI have a reputation for accurate, honest and unbiased reporting of our research findings at various conferences and in peer-reviewed local and international journals.
Browse our website www.rcortiafro.org for a comprehensive list of abstracts of publications in peer-reviewed journals from studies that the Centre has carried out along with renowned researchers including:
Prof. Cyril Enwonwu (University of Maryland, USA email@example.com )
Prof. Newell Johnson (Griffith University, Queensland, Australia firstname.lastname@example.org )
Prof. Sam Akpata (University of Kuwait, Kuwait email@example.com)