More than a Congress…

October 30, 2011

We are in countdown for the XX Portuguese Dental Association Annual Dental Meeting (website: english or portuguese), that will take place on the 10th, 11th and 12th of November 2011, in Lisbon. More than 6500 participants are expected.

This event will have a high quality scientific programme, with the presence of 20 international and 40 national speakers.

Our dental exhibition, Expo-Dentária, with over 100 companies, is a unique opportunity for visitors to know and buy the latest novelties presented by the dental industry.

Lisbon, beautiful Lisbon

To visit Lisbon is to enter a city with centuries of history, with monuments and museums that recall the overseas discoveries. This is only one of the many reasons to stay and enjoy your free time with the various tours available!

But Lisbon is also a modern city, where hospitality, gastronomy and fun can be mixed with professional engagements, thus contributing to an unforgettable event!

Join us if you can!

More, much more than a Congress!

The Portuguese Dental Association Annual Meeting alternates between Porto and Lisbon. See here Photos from 2010 Congress, held in Porto:


National Council of the Professional Orders met in Lisbon, at PDA’s office

October 27, 2011

The Portuguese Dental Association received last Monday (24 October 2011) a meeting of the National Council of the Professional Orders (CNOP) in our Lisbon delegation. CNOP is the association representative of the 14 Portuguese regulated professions, of which I’m president since March 2011.


World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

October 26, 2011

WHO convened a global conference on 19-21 October 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to build support for the implementation of action on social determinants of health.

The conference (official website) brought together over 1000 participants representing more than 125 Member States and a diverse group of stakeholders.

Fortunately, on behalf of FDI, I had the opportunity to intervene in two sessions, “Making policy coherent at national level”, regarding the necessity on all health policies to strengthen the social capital of communities, and “Changing the role of public health”, introducing the World Health Professionals Alliance Noncommunicable Diseases toolkit.

The event was attended among others by Michel Temer, vice president of Brazil and Dr Margaret Chan, WHO director-general. On 21 October, 2011 participating Member States adopted the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health.

Now it’s time for all to work together on its implementation!

World Conference on Social Determinants of Health (October 2011, Rio Janeiro)

All for Equity...

All for Equity...

Gateway of the “Forte de Copacabana”, where the meetings took place.

Gateway of the “Forte de Copacabana”, where the meetings took place.

With José Gomes do Amaral, president-elect of the World Medical Association.

With José Gomes do Amaral, president-elect of the World Medical Association.

Dr. Margaret Chan, World Health Organization (WHO) director-general, addressing to the Assembly.

Dr. Margaret Chan, World Health Organization (WHO) director-general, addressing to the Assembly.

With Dr. Nazira Vali Abdula, vice-minister of Health from the Republic of Mozambique.

With Dr. Nazira Vali Abdula, vice-minister of Health from the Republic of Mozambique.

From left to right, with the Portuguese director-general of Health, Dr. Francisco George, the vice-minister of Health from Mozambique, the secretary of state for Health, Dr. Manuel Teixeira, and myself.

From left to right, with the Portuguese director-general of Health, Dr. Francisco George, the vice-minister of Health from Mozambique, the secretary of state for Health, Dr. Manuel Teixeira, and myself.

Day two, overview of social determinants of health, previous day and today’s events, by the BBC World journalist Zeinab Badawi.

Day two, overview of social determinants of health, previous day and today’s events, by the BBC World journalist Zeinab Badawi.

On that same morning, I assisted to the session theme “Making policy coherent at national level”. From left to right, Don Matherson (Massey University), Jorge Enrique Venegas (minister of Public Health of Uruguay), Dorijan Marušič (minister of Health of Slovenia), Robert Joseph Mettle-Nunoo (deputy minister of Health of Ghana) and Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen (minister of Health and Care Services of Norway). In this session, I had addressed an intervention on behalf of FDI regarding the necessity on all health policies to strengthen the social capital of communities.

On that same morning, I assisted to the session theme “Making policy coherent at national level”. From left to right, Don Matherson (Massey University), Jorge Enrique Venegas (minister of Public Health of Uruguay), Dorijan Marušič (minister of Health of Slovenia), Robert Joseph Mettle-Nunoo (deputy minister of Health of Ghana) and Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen (minister of Health and Care Services of Norway). In this session, I had addressed an intervention on behalf of FDI regarding the necessity on all health policies to strengthen the social capital of communities.

On the afternoon, I assisted to the session “Changing the role of public health”. From left to right, Cesar Victoria (president of the International Epidemiological Association), James Chauvin (president-elect of the World Federation of Public Health Associations), Beth Mugo (minister of Public Health and Sanitation of Kenya), Aaron Motsoaledi (minister of Health of South Africa). Followed by discussion by José Gomes do Amaral (president-elect of the World Medical Association). Here, I also done an intervention introducing the World Health Professionals Alliance Noncommunicable Diseases toolkit.

On the afternoon, I assisted to the session “Changing the role of public health”. From left to right, Cesar Victoria (president of the International Epidemiological Association), James Chauvin (president-elect of the World Federation of Public Health Associations), Beth Mugo (minister of Public Health and Sanitation of Kenya), Aaron Motsoaledi (minister of Health of South Africa). Followed by discussion by José Gomes do Amaral (president-elect of the World Medical Association). Here, I also done an intervention introducing the World Health Professionals Alliance Noncommunicable Diseases toolkit.

The Government of Brazil hosted a reception under the sound of Brazilian popular music. It was “Samba” time!

The Government of Brazil hosted a reception under the sound of Brazilian popular music. It was “Samba” time!

Day three, High Level Roundtable on Social Determinants of Health and the Life Course. Opening statements by panelists and moderated roundtable discussion by Riz Khan, Al Jazeera English (at the photo). Participants: Marie-Paule Kieny (assistant director-general of Innovation, Information, Evidence and Research of WHO), Geeta Rao Gupta (deputy executive director of UNICEF), Purnima Mane (deputy executive director, assistant secretary-general of UNFPA), William Lacy Swing (director-general IOM), Assane Diop (executive director, Social Protection Sector, ILO) and Maria Guzenina-Richardson (minister of Health and Social Services of Finland).

Day three, High Level Roundtable on Social Determinants of Health and the Life Course. Opening statements by panelists and moderated roundtable discussion by Riz Khan, Al Jazeera English (at the photo). Participants: Marie-Paule Kieny (assistant director-general of Innovation, Information, Evidence and Research of WHO), Geeta Rao Gupta (deputy executive director of UNICEF), Purnima Mane (deputy executive director, assistant secretary-general of UNFPA), William Lacy Swing (director-general IOM), Assane Diop (executive director, Social Protection Sector, ILO) and Maria Guzenina-Richardson (minister of Health and Social Services of Finland).

Assisting at the General Assembly of WHO on behalf of FDI.

Assisting at the General Assembly of WHO on behalf of FDI.

A view from Forte de Copacabana.

A view from Forte de Copacabana.

And my usual jogging in on of the few breaks... At the seaside of Copacabana...

And my usual jogging in on of the few breaks... At the seaside of Copacabana...


Hechas en Uruguay

October 21, 2011

aou-logoAfter half an hour overflying Montevideo, waiting for landing conditions caused by the volcanic ashes cloud prevenient from Chile’s Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano, about 800km (500 miles) south of Santiago de Chile, that began erupting, I landed on the 16th night at Carrasco Airport.

Dr. Alvaro Roda, president of Uruguayan Dental Association (la Asociación Odontológica Uruguaya, AOU) was waiting for me.

The day after I visited the pre-congress courses of the XIV CIO and 65th anniversary of the AOU.

With Alvaro Roda, Uruguayan Dental Association (AOU) president, Fernando Fuentes, president of the Organizing Committee and Alvaro Gadola, AOU treasure.

With Alvaro Roda, Uruguayan Dental Association (AOU) president, Fernando Fuentes, president of the Organizing Committee and Alvaro Gadola, AOU treasure.

This same afternoonm, the 17th, me and Alvaro Roda had a meeting with Dr. Jorge Venegas, Public Health minister of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay

This same afternoonm, the 17th, me and Alvaro Roda had a meeting with Dr. Jorge Venegas, Public Health minister of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. We had a chance to present FDI and some of its projects. We discussed national health policies, too. The Health Minister will also attend the World Conference on Social Determinants to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19-21 October. Once there, he will be chairing one panel “Making Policy Coherent at the National Level”, of the programme’s conference.

Uruguayan Public Health Ministry.

Uruguayan Public Health Ministry.

The next day, the 18th, me and Alvaro Roda had a meeting with Dr. Diego Cánepa Baccino, Prosecretario of the President of Republic Oriental  Uruguay. Thought, another important political decision maker was informed about FDI and the profession proposals in Uruguay.

The next day, the 18th, me and Alvaro Roda had a meeting with Dr. Diego Cánepa Baccino, Prosecretario of the President of Republic Oriental Uruguay. Thought, another important political decision maker was informed about FDI and the profession proposals in Uruguay.

On the afternoon, we had a long meeting with the director of Social Development, Health Department of the Intendencia de Montevideo, Pablo Anzalone.

On the afternoon, we had a long meeting with the director of Social Development, Health Department of the Intendencia de Montevideo, Pablo Anzalone.

The oral health program in the Montevideo area and FDI approach was the center of the discussions. Finally, I had the enormous honor of being declared by the mayor of Montevideo Municipality, Intendencia de Montevideo, Ana Olivera  honorable guest

The oral health program in the Montevideo area and FDI approach was the center of the discussions. Finally, I had the enormous honor of being declared by the mayor of Montevideo Municipality, Intendencia de Montevideo, Ana Olivera honorable guest

And also honorable member of the Uruguayan Dental Association (socio honorario de la Asociación Odontológica Uruguaya), on their General Assembly of the 30th March, by unanimous decision. Great Honour for me and FDI!

And also honorable member of the Uruguayan Dental Association (socio honorario de la Asociación Odontológica Uruguaya), on their General Assembly of the 30th March, by unanimous decision. Great Honour for me and FDI!

From the building of Presidency of Republic, a nice view to the city...

From the building of Presidency of Republic, a nice view to the city…

...and another one from the entrance to the old city at Plaza de la Independencia

…and another one from the entrance to the old city at Plaza de la Independencia

Very beautiful!

Very beautiful!

Than I had a break so I could do a jogging at the Montevideo seaside.

Than I had a break so I could do a jogging at the Montevideo seaside.

While jogging, a outdoor with beautiful smiles caught my attention… Hechas en Uruguay!

While jogging, a outdoor with beautiful smiles caught my attention… Hechas en Uruguay!


Colóquio “Medicamentos, Necessidade e Responsabilidade”

October 20, 2011

Participei como orador no colóquio “Medicamentos, Necessidade e Responsabilidade”, no passado dia 29 de Setembro, em Coimbra, a convite da Unidade Curricular de Clinica Geral, Medicina Geral e Familiar, da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Coimbra.

Os objectivos principais deste colóquio foram no sentido de contribuir para a formação pré-graduada dos alunos, retratando a prática dos profissionais de saúde e auscultar a opinião publica em geral.

O colóquio contou com a moderação do Professor Hernâni Caniço e como oradores, para além de mim próprio, com o bastonário da Ordem dos Médicos, Professor Doutor José Manuel Silva, o bastonário da Ordem dos Farmacêuticos, Prof. Doutor Carlos Maurício Barbosa, vice-presidente da Ordem dos Advogados, Dra. Elina Fraga e com o Dr. Santos Cardoso do Movimento dos Utentes do Serviço de Saúde.


FDI at American Dental Association Annual Session Las Vegas

October 19, 2011

One say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…. But I’ll open an exception regarding the ADA Annual Session.

It was a great pleasure for me to accept ADA kind invitation to attend it’s Congress on behalf of FDI.

The problems of the profession are similar, at different scales, all over the world.And the answers are very often also global. FDI has a main role, as “leading the oral to optimal oral health”.

At the Opening Session

At the Opening Session

Dr. William R. Calnon was installed as the 148th president of the American Dental Association before the ADA House of Delegates Oct. 14.

Dr. William R. Calnon was installed as the 148th president of the American Dental Association before the ADA House of Delegates Oct. 14.

Dr. Condoleeza rice, distinguished speaker at the Oppening Session, gave a wonderful speech regarding the political economical moment we are living in the US and at a global level.

Dr. Condoleeza rice, distinguished speaker at the Oppening Session, gave a wonderful speech regarding the political economical moment we are living in the US and at a global level.

At the FDI booth me and FDI executive director with the São Paulo/APCD delegation.

At the FDI booth me and FDI executive director with the São Paulo/APCD delegation.

With Kathy Roth, ADA Past President.

With Kathy Roth, ADA Past President.

At the ADA House of Delegates, by invitation of Ray Gist, ADA president.

At the ADA House of Delegates, by invitation of Ray Gist, ADA president.

Ray Gist adressing the House of Delegates.

Ray Gist adressing the House of Delegates.

A toast at the GC 90th birthday party.

A toast at the GC 90th birthday party.

With Ray Gist and Makoto Nakao, CEO from the GC Corporation.

With Ray Gist and Makoto Nakao, CEO from the GC Corporation.

With William Calnon (left), ADA president, and Raymond Gist, former ADA president.

With William Calnon (left), ADA president, and Raymond Gist, former ADA president.

With Ernesto Acuna, Pierre Fauchard Academy president elect.

With Ernesto Acuna, Pierre Fauchard Academy president elect.

With Kathy Kell, treasure of FDI and Jean-Luc Eiselé, executive director.

With Kathy Kell, treasurer of FDI and Jean-Luc Eiselé, executive director.

The new president-elect from ADA Robert A. Faella, immediatly after being elected by the House of Delegates.

The new president-elect from ADA Robert A. Faella, immediatly after being elected by the House of Delegates.

ADA executive director, Kathleen T. O' Loughlin.

ADA executive director, Kathleen T. O' Loughlin.

The unique Las Vegas...

The unique Las Vegas...

Las Vegas...

Las Vegas...

Las Vegas...

Las Vegas...


Público: “Sandra queria um sorriso, hoje segura os dentes com cola”

October 16, 2011

O jornal Público publicou este domingo (16 Outubro) um extenso artigo sobre medicina dentária em Portugal.

Tive oportunidade de reafirmar algumas das posições que a Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas vem defendendo. Poderá consultar o artigo em PDF.

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