The WHO Oral Health "Country/Area Profile Programme" (since 2011, Country/Area Profile Project), - the "CAPP", was established at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Education, Training and Research at the Faculty of Odontology, Malmö, Sweden, in 1995. Before that, extensive consultations had taken place with the WHO Noncommunicable Diseases Cluster, Geneva, and with several WHO Collaborating Centres, organizations and individuals around the world. Our objective is to present information on dental diseases and oral health services for various countries/areas. A server for Periodontal conditions is located at Niigata University, Japan.
The CAPP server was installed at Lund University in December 1995 and data first entered in January 1996. The initial costs for the server and for running the project in 1996 were covered by support from Lund University, the SPPP project and by grants from Unilever Research, UK, and Colgate-Palmolive Company, USA. During its first year of operation, the server was approached by more than 15.000 computers from all over the world.
In January 1 1999, the WHO Collaborating Centre at Faculty of Odontology was transferred from Lund University to the new Malmö University. In March 2000, the server had, as an average, about 3000 completed requests per 24 hours and in October 2002, we had more than 5200 requests per day. In September 2003, after almost 8 years of service, the main server was replaced by a new one, starting up September 8, 2003. From September 2003 to December 2009, there were 823,636 "Distinct hosts" served and 15,450,025 "Succesful requests" made according to the log.
In 2011 May, the CAPP database website was re-designed and appears as part of the Malmo University main website (http://www.mah.se/CAPP/). CAPP is updated and expanded continuously, with monthly updates that are presented every end of the month.
The CAPP database is based on national oral health surveys, publications from national health bulletins and personal communications. Additionally, the dentition status information, as well as periodontal diseases information, have been retrieved from bibliography databases such as PubMed and Google.
The data presented in the CAPP follow the WHO publication- “Oral Health Survey Basic Methods”; however, exceptions are made for those countries that have no data, in which case data that do not conform to the WHO “Oral Health Survey Basic Methods” may be presented in the database.