Orlando Monteiro da Silva, was elected president of the FDI World Dental Federation by a large majority, during the General Meeting held in Singapore last 4 September.
The FDI is the world’s leading, independent and authoritative dental organization. Founded in Paris in 1900, it is based in Geneva and it is comprised of almost 200 member associations from 134 countries, representing more than a million dentists from all over the world. It has official ties with the World Health Organisation and with the United Nations.
Orlando Monteiro da Silva, who got 57% of the ballot, ran against Tin Chun Wong from Hong Kong, China (38%) and David Thomson from Australia (5%). This is the first time that the highest position in world dentistry will be held by a Portuguese, who will come to office in the next FDI Congress to be held in Mexico City in 2011.
Orlando Monteiro da Silva’s candidacy was put forward by the Portuguese Dental Association, Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas and supported by the Portuguese Association of Stomatology and Dentistry, standing FDI members from Portugal.
On his election, Orlando Monteiro da Silva commented that “this election is extremely important because of what it means for dentistry. It is necessary to pay attention to the increasing mobility of professionals and patients, the quality of dental services, the role of third agents between the profession and the general public, the organization and development of dentistry and patient safety”. He also remarked that he envisions “an FDI that promotes every aspect of oral health: education, prevention, treatment and recovery. An FDI focused on the importance of these different aspects of oral health and on the population’s quality of life”.
After the result, Orlando Monteiro da Silva acknowledged the other colleagues candidates for presenting themselves and the common disposition for common efforts regarding FDI action towards the best standards of oral health all over the world.
At the moment, the President of the OMD is also President of the Council of European Dentists (CED), which is an umbrella organisation for the national dental associations of all the EU countries — this mandate will finish next November.