Thank you Almaty, Kazakhstan; Spasibo Kazakhstan

By invitation of the President of Kazakhstan Dental Association, Saule Esembaeva, I had the pleasure to attend the XI Congress of CIS “Innovation in Dentistry” in Almaty, Kazakstan.

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Receiving the honorary title of professor from the Kazakh National Medical University (KazNMU), by decision of the Academic Council (30/04/2013), from the hands of Akanov Aykanom Akanovich, rector of the Kazakh National Medical University, KazNMU, named after S.D. Asfendiyarov.

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President of Kazakhstan Dental Association, Saule Esembaeva.

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Welcome ceremony. From left to right, Sharmanov TS (one of the organizers of the historical Alma Ata Conference), Akanov Aykanom Akanovich (rector of the Kazakh National Medical University, KazNMU), myself, Michèle Aerden (FDI past president), Saule Esembaeva (president of Kazakhstan Dental Association) and Oles Shevchenko (Russian Dental Association).

The Declaration of Alma-Ata was adopted at the International Conference on Primary Health Care (PHC), Almaty (formerly Alma-Ata), Kazakhstan (formerly Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic), 6-12 September 1978. It expressed the need for urgent action by all governments, all health and development workers, and the world community to protect and promote the health of all people. It was the first international declaration underlining the importance of primary health care. The primary health care approach has since then been accepted by member countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) as the key to achieving the goal of “Health For All” (See Wikipedia). The venue was this very same KazNMU.

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Leaders and representatives from Dental Associations of Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Tajikistan, Moldova, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia.

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Participation of over 500 delegates from Kazakhstan, 67 lecturers 17 countries that came together to promote innovative technologies and most effective dental care in the countries of the former Soviet Union.

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Addressing the delegates at the welcome ceremony where I also presented the FDI project “Vision 2020”.

Addressing the delegates at the welcome ceremony where I also presented the FDI project “Vision 2020”.

An entertainment moment at the welcome ceremony.

An entertainment moment at the welcome ceremony.

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Kazak traditional folk music.

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With Anara Zhumadilova, from the Nazarbayev University, Astana and president of Kazakhstan Stomatological Association, FDI regular member.

Meeting with the KazNMU academic council.

Meeting with the KazNMU academic council.

Kazakhstan national TV coverage

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Meeting of the FDI/ERO (European Regional Organization) working group “Integration”, chaired by Elena Ivanova.

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Group photo of the participants.

Group photo of the participants.

Gala Dinner at "The Sultan".

Gala Dinner at “The Sultan”.

With Elena Ivanova and Michèle Aerden.

With Elena Ivanova and Michèle Aerden.

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Starting from left to right, are Valeriy Lysenko (president of Kharkiv Regional Dental Association, Ukraine), Mariam Margvelashvili (Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia), Iryna Mazur Petrovna (National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Kyiv, Ukraine), myself, Alexey Pavlenko (president of Ukrainian Dental Association), Myroslava Drohomyretska (president of Association of Ukrainian Orthodontists, Kyuv, Ukraine) and Bida Vitaliy (professor of Ukraine).

Fishing at the trout farm…

Fishing at the trout farm…

Group picture with the beautiful "Zozyaystva Turgen" mountain on the back.

Group picture with the beautiful “Zozyaystva Turgen” mountain on the back.

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