After 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.
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. 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.
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.
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!
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
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!
Medical dentist for 30 years in is hometown Porto, Portugal. Is president of the Portuguese Dental Association and past president of the FDI World Dental Federation. Former president of the Council of European Dentists. (more)