The PDA Congress 2013 in Lisbon. More than a congress…

December 17, 2013

The Portuguese Dental Association (PDA) organise, every year, the largest dental congress in Portugal. This year it took place in Lisbon, from 21 till 23 November under the Tagus River scenery.

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With a scientific programme of renowned national and international experts, the conferences – covering all aspects of dental medicine today, of PDA congress had all the conference rooms stretched to the limit of its capacity. Nearly 8000 participants, from some 17 countries, filled the conferences rooms.

Opening Ceremony
This year’s Opening Ceremony, on 22 November, included a Portuguese comedian, named Nilton, for a relaxed glimpse of the profession just before of institutional speeches.

XXII Congresso da Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas - 21, 22 e 23 de novembro de 2013, Centro de Congressos de Lisboa - Arquivos em https://www.omd.pt/congresso/2013.

XXII Congresso da Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas - 21, 22 e 23 de novembro de 2013, Centro de Congressos de Lisboa - Arquivos em https://www.omd.pt/congresso/2013.

We had the honour to have the presence of the Portuguese Minister of Health, Paulo Macedo, as well as the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Luis Campos Ferreira.

XXII Congresso da Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas - 21, 22 e 23 de novembro de 2013, Centro de Congressos de Lisboa - Arquivos em https://www.omd.pt/congresso/2013.

XXII Congresso da Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas - 21, 22 e 23 de novembro de 2013, Centro de Congressos de Lisboa - Arquivos em https://www.omd.pt/congresso/2013.

“(…) One last thing is that health services trust dentists and we believe that Portuguese people have reason to be proud of the quality of their dentists”, said Paulo Macedo, Minister of Health.

XXII Congresso da Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas - 21, 22 e 23 de novembro de 2013, Centro de Congressos de Lisboa - Arquivos em https://www.omd.pt/congresso/2013.

Adressing the conferencists as president of Portuguese Dental Association, Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas.

Expo-Dentária

XXII Congresso da Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas - 21, 22 e 23 de novembro de 2013, Centro de Congressos de Lisboa - Arquivos em https://www.omd.pt/congresso/2013.

Expo-Dentária was visited for more than 6640 professionals of oral health. PDA exhibition is an important international landmark in its field.

Below, a fashion show, one of several parallel initiatives at the exhibition.

XXII Congresso da Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas - 21, 22 e 23 de novembro de 2013, Centro de Congressos de Lisboa - Arquivos em https://www.omd.pt/congresso/2013.

ADL (Portuguese Speaking Dental Associations) participants group photo.

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More than 2200 participants partying in a special venue.
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OFICIAL DATA
Participants at the scientific programme: 2748
Lectures: 67
Scientific Presentations: 128
Visitors to Expo-Dentária: 6641
Companies: 115
Staff: 250


Thank you Mozambique! Obrigado Moçambique!

November 15, 2013

Mozambique is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa. The capital and largest city is Maputo. The official language is Portuguese. Population 25.2 million.

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The recently created Mozambique Dental Association organized its first congress, last November, in Maputo, under the theme “Challenges and Opportunities in Mozambique”.

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There are nearly 140 dentists working in public dental service and nearly 50 dentists in private practice.

According to Health Vice-Minister, Nazira Abdul, in Mozambique there are only 238 health facilities with dental service and 389 oral health professionals. However the supply still to fall short to the needs of the country. She recognized the lack of a strategy to fight tooth decay, which is connected to the high burden of oral diseases.

Paula Ahing, president of the Mozambique Dental Association is truly committed for better oral health in her country and with the support of the Government of Mozambique.

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Paula Ahing, presidente of the Mozambique Dental Association, welcoming delegates at the opening ceremony.

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Addressing the delegates on Vision 2020 and trends of dental medicine, as president of the Portuguese Dental Association.

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Ricardo Faria e Almeida addressing a conference.

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A view of attentive participants.

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Paula Ahing acknowledging some of the speakers. Sharing the same mother language facilitates communication…

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Paula Ahing interviewed for local media.

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Paula Ahing and Health Mozambique Government representative, Ussene Isse.

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Offering to Ussene Isse the FDI Oral Health Atlas and a recognition from the Portuguese Dental Association.

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International Exhibition of Oral Health.

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Board of the Mozambique Dental Association with some of the speakers and representatives of Portuguese Dental Association.

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Group photo.

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Central Park of Maputo: local dancers performing at the Maputo Official Day.

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We are all expecting a second edition of the Congress!


First summit of luso-hispano-american leaders in Buenos Aires

November 5, 2013

By invitation of Damián E. Basrani, president of the Argentina Dental Association (AOA), and Diego Canzani, presidente of the 37th Congress of the AOA (from 28th October to 2th November), I attended the first summit of dental medicine leaders from Portugal, Spain and Latin America.

My presentation focused on the “Future of the profession”.

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We are all waiting for the second summit…


Europe and the Dentists Cap Esterel – France

September 30, 2013

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By kind invitation of Catherine Mojaïsky, President of the French Confederation of Dental Union ( CNSD ), I attended the 5th Summer University from 20 to 22 September 2013 in Cap Esterel, on the Cote d’Azur, on the theme of “Europe and the dentists”. This event was dedicated to the CNSD responsible people and to future managers from all French departments and regions.

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The event was organized around three roundtables and a political closing meeting on Sunday the 22nd morning, which I participated.

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A more political round table under the theme: European harmonization: utopia or necessity?

Speakers:
– Gérard Morel, Vice-President of the CNSD
Intervenients
– Nora Berra, European Deputy (France)
– Catherine Mojaïsky, Presidente de la CNSD (France)
– Orlando Monteiro Da Silva, Past-President of FDI – (Portugal)
– Jacques Reignault, President du CEPLIS European Committee of Liberal Professions (France)
– Philippe Rusca, President of ERO – FDI – European Regional Organization of the FDI (Switzerland)

Moderator: Pascal Beau, Director of “Espace social européen”

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I underlined the impact of the FDI highlighting oral health as a fundamental human right under the FDI Vision 2020 project.

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Nora Berra, European Deputy (France)

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An interested predominantly french assistance. Conclusion the need to find a balance and a regulation acceptable to all member states…

The roundtable on Friday the 20th afternoon was held on the theme of education and professional qualifications:
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Speakers:
– Doniphan Hammer – President of the Professional Education and Implantation Commission of the CNSD
Intervenients :
– Wolfgang Doneus, President of the CED – Council of European Dentists (Austria)
– Stefaan Hanson, executive Director of the VVT, Flemish Dental Association (Belgium)
– Hassib Kamell, President of the l’AEDS – European Association of Dental students (Netherlands)
– François Keller, President de la SSO – Swiss Associtaion Société of Dentists (Switzerland)
– Jean-François Largy, Technical Counsillor of the CNSD (France)
– Constantine Oulis, Hellenic Dental Association – President of the WG Education and Professional Qualifications of the CED (Greece)

The two roundtables of Saturday the 21st addressed the European health systems and economic conditions of dentists in different countries of the European Union.
The first was dedicated to presentation of practicing conditions in the neighboring countries of France: relations with statutory or private insurance, reimbursed fees, enforceable fees, free fees…

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Speakers:
– Roland L’Herron – CNSD International business responsible and elected for the CED – Council of European Dentists board. (France)
Intervenient:
– Alain Arnaud, President of the MFP – Mutuality public function (France)
– Eric Badonnel, Secretary General of the National Union of Organizations of supplementary health insurance (France)
– Michel Chassang, President of the CSMF – French Confederation of Medical Unions (France)
– Peter Engel, President of BZÄK German Dental Association – elected for the CED – Council of European Dentists board (Germany)
– Marco Landi, from National Association of Italian Dentists and elected for the CED – Council of European Dentists board (Italy)
– Juan Carlos Llodra, from Spanish Dental Association (Spain)

In the second one, economic models were discussed: type of practice, taxation, practitioners’ income, retirement and pensions….

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Speakers:
– Michel Bergougnoux, General treasurer of the CNSD
Interveniants :
– Nicolas Arnould, AIO –Italian Dental Association (French dentist practising in Italy )
– Stefaan Hanson, Executive Director of the VVT, Flemish Dental Association (Belgium)
– Guy Morel, President of the l’EurelPro – European Association of Pension Institutions Professionals and President of the CARCDSF – Autonomous pension fund dentists and midwives (France)-
Véronique Pellegrain, lawyer, specialised on European law (France)
– Michael Sereny, President of the Dental Chamber in Lower Saxony (Germany)

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Three days of conferences and about 400 participants. A huge success. I thank Catherine and the all the CNSD colleagues and friends! A true pleasure for me!


Gracias Paraguay, hasta siempre!

September 15, 2013

Immediately after FDI AWDC 2013, in Istanbul, by invitation of the Circulo de Odontólogos del Paraguay (COP), I had the pleasure to attend, as FDI past president, the IX International Congress in Assuncion (5-7 September).

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Open ceremony – national authom of Paraguay.

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Colleagues from Paraguay.

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The FDI General Assembly in Istanbul approved the COP membership as Associate member. As the COP representatives couldn´t attend the Istanbul AWDC, so I had the honor to deliver it locally…

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With the president of the COP, Eduardo Poletti Paoletti.

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I took the opportunity to present in Spanish the Vision 2020 FDI project…

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Local organizing committee….

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Farewell: Noche tipica at the…

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….Head office. Gracias Paraguay, hasta siempre!


Diplomacy for Advocacy. So long FDI!

August 30, 2013

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When I took office as FDI President two years ago at the meeting of the General Assembly in Mexico City, I made a commitment to leave FDI in a stronger position and reinforce its reputation as a reliable, trustworthy and credible partner to our members, stakeholders, the industry and partners.

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In concrete terms, FDI has made measurable achievements in a number of areas over the past year.

The ones I would like to highlight are:

  • The Vision 2020 project, and the launch of FDI Observatory for Oral Health Prevention and Control;
  • NCD’s Non-Communicable Diseases: the success in the FDI for within the United Nations and WHO in imposing the view that oral diseases share risk factors with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases; they would therefore benefit from similar prevention and control activities;
  • the FDI Strategy for Africa;
  • our global partnership with Unilever renewed in Istanbul for 3+ 3 years;
  • our approach in the field of dental materials and its immediate results within the United Nations environment program;
  • the launch of the 2014 World Oral Health Day campaign;
  • Annual World Dental Congress (AWDC), India, New Deli 2014;
  • AWDC Thailand, Bangkok 2015;
  • Regional FDI Congress in Santiago de Chile 2015;
  • And last but not least, returning to surplus in 2013, ending a series of disappointing financial results.

I invited you to scroll down and take a look at some of it in FDI Istanbul 2013.

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Download the full report/book here (pdf).

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FDI and TDA Congress press conference with Taner Yücel president of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and of the Turkish Dental Association (TDA)

16,197! That is the final tally of visitors attending the 2013 FDI Annual World Dental Congress (AWDC) and Exhibition, held in Istanbul (Turkey) from 28 to 31 August 2013. That makes it the biggest FDI congress for over one decade; that also makes it the largest medical congress ever held in Turkey.

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Vision 2020 phase 2 press conference: launch of FDI Observatory for Oral Health Prevention and Control.

From left to rigth, Juan Carlos Llodra Calvo (chair of FDI Public Health Committee), Nermin Yamalik (FDI Councillor), Mayur V. Dixit (Sunstar Global Strategic marketing & Scientific Affairs), Roberto Labella (head of Scientifica and Professional Affairs, Oral Care, at Johnson & Johnson).

It was also uppermost in our thoughts when, out of the different areas of focus identified in Vision 2020’s, two elements intimately related to our work on NCDs emerged as priorities. The first of these is the development of an observatory for oral health prevention and control, including data retrieval, oral health surveillance and oral health indicators.

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The other priority area identified is collaborative practice. This has two dimensions: intra-professional collaborative practice, which places oral health care within the context of a team of oral health practitioners led by the dentist.

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VIP Unilever reception. With Marie-Anne Aymerich (senior vice president Unilever Oral Care).

My words to the delegates:

…”So, it is my task once again to thank our friends at Unilever … for kindness, hospitality and all the support I have received during my term as FDI president. It has, literally, spanned all continents.

As the second phase of this unique partnership closes, I am sure that we are all looking forward to seeing the evolution and innovations of phase 3, which is set to launch later this year. “

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The 2014 theme is “Celebrating healthy smiles”.

It will be celebrated worldwide on 20 March again.

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Contract signature between FDI and the Dental Association of Thailand for the Bangkok AWDC 2015. From left to right, with Jean-Luc Eiselé (executive director of FDI) Tin Chun Wong (president-elect of FDI), Lt Gen Phisal Thepsithar (president-elect of the Dental Association of Thailand) and Adirek S. Wongsa (president of the Dental Association of Thailand).

Bangkok will be hosting the 2015 FDI Annual World Dental Congress from 22-25 September 2015.

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Regional Congress Santiago de Chile 2015 – signature with LOC representatives. From left to right, with Francisco Omar Campos Sanhueza (director Sociedad Odontológica de Chile), TC Wong, Mauricio Rudolph (president Sociedad Odontológica de Chile), Daniel Amigo (director Sociedad Odontológica de Chile) and Jean-Luc Eiselé.

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Istanbul Declaration signature approved at the 101st FDI AWDC. Oral health and general health: a call for collaborative approach ”To strongly defend oral health as a fundamental human right and an integrated part of general health and well-being.”.

From left to right, with Harry-Sam Selikowitz (vice Chair of FDI Science Committee), Li-Jian Jin (Chair of FDI Science Committee) and Taner Yücel (president of TDA).

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Escarcel study press conference. From left to right, with Teresa Layer (vice president, Oral Health Category Research and Development at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare), Denis Bourgeois (professor of Periodontology and Public Health, Vice President of Science and Medical Faculty and Dean of the Faculty of Odontology at University of Lyon 1, France), Adrian Lussi (professor and Head of the Department of Operative, Preventative and Paediatric Dentistry, University of Bern, Switzerland), Nicola West (professor in periodontology and Head of Department, Bristol Dental Hospital and School, UK) and David Bartlett (professor and Head of Prosthodontics at Kings College London Dental Institute, London, UK).

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At the Colgate booth with Marsha Butler, VP, Global Oral Care Colgate and local responsible officers.

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World Oral Health Forum 1: “How might the Minamata Convention on Mercury affect dentistry”.

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World Oral Health Forum 2 that I had the privilege to open: “Addressing Oral Health within the Global Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs) initiative: A focus on the opportunities provided by such integration at regional and country level”.

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Opening of the Exhibition. 16000 visitors!

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Opening Ceremony of the FDI AWDC Istanbul.

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Portugal…

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Turkish Minister of Health, Mehmet Müezzinoğlu, Taner Yücel and me. Heavy burden, but worth the effort!

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A moon over the Bosphorus… A crescent shaped by a bite……“In Eastern mythologies the crescent moon also represents women, motherhood… and again as the shape of the bull horn is a symbol of power in Anatolian cultures.”, from Cem Sağbil.

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My welcome speech: “ This Annual World Dental Congress is a reflection of what FDI represents in the world today: relevant, influential, well-informed, ubiquitous”…

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The great performer Burhan Öcal.

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“Fire of Anatolia “ and “Sultans of dance” performance.

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Handover of FDI Presidential Chain to president-elect TC Wong.

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The Turkish Dental Association Organizing Committee. Well done!

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Crowds at the exhibition… more than 270 companies showcasing their products and services in some 6000 square metres…

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…and at the scientific sessions with 171 speakers and 1190 abstracts presented!

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Thanks for the support of Industry. With the president of International Dental Manufacturers (IDM) Jürgen Eberlein.

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My last Council meeting…

By joining hands in the pursuit of these goals, we have been able overcome the heavy challenges of recent. This is due to the Council, the Executive Committee, the FDI staff under the leadership of the Executive Director, and volunteers both within and external to the Committees, our industry partners and other stakeholders, all working together with the same passion and commitment to succeed.

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World Parliament

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“… I would like to personally thank ‘our man at WHO’, chief of its oral health programme, Dr Poul Erik Pedersen for his tireless efforts to keep oral health on the WHO agenda….”

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Organizing Committee New Deli, India 2014 at the GA.

FDI 2013 Istanbul was a huge success – and we are expecting the same from New Delhi. Why this confidence? A single word ‘venue’.

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Receiving certificate of appreciattion of the FDI.

“ For the future, my message is that FDI should pursue its long-established role as advocate for oral health combined with compatible diplomacy, uniting the profession and working collaboratively with other oral health specialists and health professions.
I personally stand ready to continue my engagement with FDI World Dental Federation as a passionate and committed fan of its work and achievements. “

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Thank you to the FDI staff and…

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Special thanks to the FDI Executive Director, Jean Luc-Eiséle.

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President and president-elect of the FDI, TC Wong and Patrick Hescot. Good luck for the future!

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Me with the new FDI Council!

So long! See you in New Deli!


Report from the FDI President

August 21, 2013

oms-fdi-headshotWhen I took office as FDI President two years ago at the meeting of the General Assembly in Mexico City, I made a commitment to leave FDI in a stronger position and reinforce its reputation as a reliable, trustworthy and credible partner to our members, stakeholders, the industry and partners.

By joining hands in the pursuit of these goals, we have been able overcome the heavy challenges of recent times and can at last perceive on the horizon a glimmer of hope and enthusiasm. This is due to the Council, the Executive Committee, the FDI staff under the leadership of the Executive Director, and volunteers both within and external to the Committees, all working together with the same passion and commitment to succeed.

In my role as FDI ambassador, communicating the ethical and practical messages of FDI among its members and stakeholders around the world, I have been touched by the enthusiasm of my hosts in 30 countries or more for the work of FDI and their commitment to the values of the dental profession. It is this energy and enthusiasm that helped me accomplish what I set out to do.

In concrete terms, FDI has made measurable achievements in a number of areas over the past 12 months. The ones I would like to highlight here are Vision 2020, the FDI Strategy for Africa, our global partnership with Unilever, our success in the field of dental materials and its immediate results, and, finally, World Oral Health 2013.

Following last year’s adoption of Vision 2020, a revised version was published in the International Dental Journal. At a meeting in Chicago in February, a decision was made to move into Phase II in two specific areas, data collection/oral health indicators and collaborative practice. We have managed to gain some industry financing for this initial stage. We had a meeting in June to lay the groundwork of for moving forward in these two areas.

June of this year saw the publication of FDI’s Strategy for Africa, in reality not only a strategy but also a list of activities to be undertaken by Africa-based NDAs and by FDI. The published statement was the result of a summit in Cape Town in November 2012, which included group and break out sessions, and reached a true consensus on the way forward.

We continue to score successes with our global Live. Learn. Laugh. Partnership with Unilever Oral Care, now in Phase II and involving 27 countries. The meeting for 2013 took place in Athens, where all the participants were able to report the latest developments. Phase II, as you are probably already aware, has a more particular focus on data collection and analysis.

One of the major successes in 2013 was ensuring the continued availability of dental amalgam by ensuring its phase-down, rather than phase-out in the Minamata Convention, the international treaty on mercury to be signed in October in Minamata, Japan. This success was due to a concerted effort by FDI, IADR and with the support of the Oral Health Programme of WHO over a three-year negotiating period, launched in 2010.

In return, the dental community had promised a concerted effort in the field of prevention and reduction of dental amalgam impact. I am happy to report that, in collaboration with UNEP, WHO, IDM, we have already move into the implementation phase with a pilot project on dental waste management in East Africa.

Finally, I would like to draw the General Assembly’s attention to the success of World Oral Health Day 2013. We had no illusions that 20 March would be celebrated everywhere, especially considering the change of date from 12 September: in fact, it is unlikely that we would ever achieve a 100% alignment around the world. What we did achieve was a sustained worldwide effort and a group of case studies as we encourage more and more countries to join us in the coming years. 36 countries is about one fifth of the world’s nations: it’s already an important beginning.

To close, I would like to salute the reports from the Treasurer and the Executive Director demonstrating progress over the past year both in the performance of the Geneva office and the good news of returning to surplus, ending a series of disappointing financial results. It reflects well on all of us that, once the alert was given, we immediately adapted our work and style of living to the new realities.

For the future, my message is that FDI should pursue its long-established role as advocate for oral health combined with compatible diplomacy, uniting the profession and working collaboratively with other oral health specialists and health professions.

I personally stand ready to continue my engagement with FDI World Dental Federation as a passionate and committed fan of its work and achievements. I would like conclude by thanking my colleagues in Portugal and Portuguese speaking countries, especially of the Portuguese Dental Association, Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas, for their support throughout my term as FDI President.

Sincerely yours,

Orlando Monteiro da Silva

FDI President (2011-2013)


Ayubowan Sri Lanka!

July 9, 2013

By invitation of the Sri Lanka Dental Association (SLDA), I had the pleasure to attend the FDI-World Dental Federation/CDA-Commonwealth Dental Association/SLDA Joint International Conference, under the theme “New Challenges in Dental & Oral Care”, from 27th June till 1st July.

Simultaneously, the Sri Lanka Dental Association was commemorating its 80th anniversary. As stated by HE the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, ”…80 years in valuable service to the country…”

Arrival of the Sri Lanka minister of Health, Maithripala Sirisena, at the ceremonial inauguration.

Arrival of the Sri Lanka minister of Health, Maithripala Sirisena, at the ceremonial inauguration at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapakse Theatre. Maithiripala Sirisena, as chief guest, said: “ …Sri Lanka is a nation that can boast nearly a century of public dental service offered free of charge to its citizens. It’s the only country in the South East Asia region in which nearly 65% of the country’s dental surgeons are employed by the State…”

Traditional welcome ritual.

Traditional welcome ritual.

Addressing at the opening.

Addressing at the opening.

With Suresh Shanmuganathan, president of Sri Lanka Dental Association.

With Suresh Shanmuganathan, president of Sri Lanka Dental Association.

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From left to right, Me, Suresh Shanmuganathan, Dato Ratnanesan (president of Asia Pacific Dental Federation and FDI past-president) and Bill O’Reilly (president of the Commonwealth Dental Federation).

Dance performance at the opening ceremony.

Dance performance at the opening ceremony.

With local dancers.

With local dancers.

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Organizing committee group photo. Standing, from left to right: Sunil Gunaratne, Gamini de Silva, Pubudu Perera, SuniI Fernando, Manil Fonseka, Ruwan Jayasinghe, Mahim Wimaladharma, Dasun Perera, Lionel Dassanayake, Ganananda Nanayakkara, Miraz Mukthar, V. Thuthikaran and Douglas Perera. Seated, from left to right: Naresha Samarasekara, Nilantha Ratnayake, Malcolm Stanislaus, Asoka Amunugama, Ramesh Kanna, Suresh Shanmuganathan, Vipula Wickramasinghe, A. Sundar, J. M. W. Jayasundara Bandara and DiIini Wijesooriya.

Entrance of the congress centre.

Entrance of the congress centre.

Opening of trade exhibition. With Rajitha Senaratne, minister of Fisheries, and Suresh Shanmuganathan, president of the Sri Lanka Dental Association.

Opening of trade exhibition. With Rajitha Senaratne, minister of Fisheries, and Suresh Shanmuganathan, president of the Sri Lanka Dental Association.

Live, Learn and Laugh Symposium lecturing: LLL Global Health promotion Project-Global perspective.

Live, Learn and Laugh Symposium lecturing: LLL Global Health promotion Project-Global perspective.

My contribution was to briefly outline the role and operations of FDI, providing the global context for the national LLL programme. For her part, Vaidehi Ketkar, Unilever, described the LLL concept as well as its historic background.

Local project leader, Prasad Amaratunga of SLDA, provided an outline of the aims and achievements of the national LLL project, one of eight underway in Asia targeting schoolchildren.

The South-East Asia perspective was provided by Prof Prathip Phamtuvanit, LLL Regional Coordinator for Asia. He pointed out that, according to baseline data collected in Asia, the 11 LLL projects have reached out to at least 10,700 children and dental patients. The presentations were followed by 30 minutes of open discussion.

Symposium on “Integration and harmonization  of Oral Health”.

Symposium on “Integration and harmonization of Oral Health”.
Other intervenients: Bill O’ Reilly, Dato A. Ratnanesan, Lanka Jayasuriya Dissanayake (WHO – Sri Lanka professional officer).

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Press conference.

Press conference.

High coverage at local media.

High coverage at local media.

Some data of dental medicine in Sri Lanka:

2000 (approx..) dental surgeons
1420 in public sector
Population around 21 million habitants
DMTF 5 years prevalence in 2002/03 : 3.6
Number of dental medicine faculties: 1 Peradenya

In Sri Lanka, the national oral health policy has been drafted in accordance with the national health policy. Its implementation will ensure the oral health care services are integrated with the medical services.

The first Europeans  to visit Sri Lanka, in 1505 (Portuguese Ceylon as they called it) were Portuguese, as we can still feel by the “da Silva brotherhood…”

The first Europeans to visit Sri Lanka, in 1505 (Portuguese Ceylon as they called it) were Portuguese, as we can still feel by the “da Silva brotherhood…”

Elephant orphanage in Pinnawala.

Elephant orphanage in Pinnawala.

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Elephants teeth…

Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.

Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.

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Peradenya Botanical Gardens, history dates as far back as 1371…

Peradenya Botanical Gardens, history dates as far back as 1371…

Running in the sea front of...

Running in the sea front of…

Galle Face Drive...

Galle Face Drive…


FDI African Strategy for Oral Health

July 2, 2013

The FDI World Dental Federation has defined a strategy for the development of Oral Health in Africa, which can be find on this pdf document.

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Thank You Boston! Thank You Tufts University!

June 25, 2013

I was invited by Paul Stark, director of Advanced and Graduate Education of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, to the Fourth Annual Master of Science Research Day, as keynote speaker.

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The theme of my address was "Vision 2020 – Shaping the future of oral health".

The theme of my address was “Vision 2020 – Shaping the future of oral health”.

An audience with students from the Division of Advanced & Graduate Education.

An audience with students from the Division of Advanced & Graduate Education.

After words, a participated Q&A session with the audience.

After words, a participated Q&A session with the audience.

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Me with Irina Dragan, periodontology resident at Tufts, and Paul Stark, director of Advanced and Graduate Education of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Supplying myself with energy to...

Supplying myself with energy to…

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… to run along…

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…the Charles River in Boston.