Behind the Hidden Smiles: Documentary on dental Fluorosis in Cameroon

Dental fluorosis affects many people in the water-stressed Far North Region of Cameroon. The disease is mainly caused by excess fluoride in groundwater; a principal source of drinking water in the water stressed region. Affected people are stigmatized with women and girls, bearing the greater burden of the social stigma. Since 2018, GWP-Cameroon has been working to change the misconceptions about this disease and pilot the research to reduce fluoride in the groundwater using a household filter adapted with charred cow bones. This documentary tells the story of stigmatization through the eyes of affected victims and resonates a message of hope to the community, through GWP's work to improve groundwater quality.