WOHD 2014. Celebrating healthy smiles in Portugal!

March 30, 2014

The celebrations of World Oral Health Day 2014, in Portugal, were held in Cultural Centre of Belém in Lisbon.

The Portuguese Government and the Portuguese Dental Association caught the theme “Celebrating healthy smiles” and teamed up with reading through national project “SOBE”, aiming to develop actions that promote reading, happiness and oral health.

The celebrations had two moments: in the morning a playful program for children and in the afternoon an institutional session. In parallel, an exhibition was held based on the book “Articulate – Oral Health and Art.”

The celebrations in Portugal had the collaborative approach oral health/education as the main focus. This partnership was well received and should be maintained and developed in the future.

The morning session was attended by about 150 children and nearly 200 people. General Director of Health, Francisco George, interactively welcomed children. The atmosphere was full of happiness and joy.

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The afternoon session, targeted to health stakeholders, decision makers and politicians was attended by about 100 people. The results and the projects of both the National Oral Health Promotion Programme (NOHPP) and project SOBE were presented. The debate on oral cancer inclusion on the NOHPP was quite participated.

In the closing session, as President of the PDA, I presented the “FDI White Paper – Oral Health Worldwide”. The Portuguese Secretary of State for Education addressed the relationship between oral health and reading projects in this area that have been undertaken by the government.

The session was closed by the Health Minister, who praised oral health professionals and reading for the help and support they have given to this government towards the promotion of oral health of Portuguese people.

He also mentioned the extension of the National of Oral Health Promotion Programme including Oral Cancer early diagnosis; the success of oral health and reading kits which have now been extended into School Libraries of Portuguese speaking countries and the early intervention in oral cancer project.

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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)


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 Almaty, Kazakhstan; Spasibo Kazakhstan

May 31, 2013

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.


До свидания, Алматы, Казахстан! Спасибо Казахстан!

May 31, 2013

По официальному приглашению Президента Ассоциации стоматологов Казахстана Есембаевой Сауле, я принимал участие в проведении XI Конгресса стоматологов СНГ «Инновации в стоматологии» в г.Алматы (Республика Казахстан).

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Решением Ученого Совета КазНМУ им.С.Д.Асфендиярова от 30.04.13 года мне было присвоено звание Почетного профессора КазНМУ им.С.Д.Асфендиярова . Диплом вручил Ректор Университета, профессор Аканов АА.

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FDI at the sixty-sixth World Health Assembly

May 23, 2013
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From left to right, myself, Brenda J. Myers (secretary general of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy), Cecil Wilson (president of the World Medical Association), Michel Buchmann (president of the International Pharmaceutical Federation).

The Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly (WHO) took place in Geneva. Officials from 194 Member States begin their annual review of the activities of WHO and set new priorities for the future. The Health Assembly discussed discuss specific health topics like noncommunicable diseases (NCD’s), universal health coverage, women and children’s health, as well as the programme budget, administration, reform and management matters of WHO.

Of particular interest to FDI will be the report on progress in various fields related to noncommunicable diseases and the draft action plan to the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013-2020.

I’m looking forward to this year’s Assembly. Despite oral health not being assigned a separate section in the draft work programme, thanks to our work in Geneva and our members at the national level, oral health is not absent, rather it is a cross-cutting issue between all areas of WHO work.

In particular, the link between NCDs and oral disease, in particular oral cancer, is explicitly mentioned. A great deal of emphasis is placed on Clause 54 of the United Nations Political Declaration of the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in relation to involving “the private sector and civil society, in collaborative partnerships to promote health and to reduce noncommunicable disease risk factors”.

In parallel, the World Health Professions Alliance WHPA launched a reception joining heads of delegations and WHO selected representatives of international health organizations.

The WHPA brings together the global organizations representing the world’s dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and physicians and speaks for more than 26 million health care professionals in more than 130 countries. WHPA works to improve global health and the quality of patient care and facilitates collaboration among the health professions and major stakeholders.

The theme was collaborative practice “World’s health professions call for new emphasis on working together” (PDF). You can also consult the official press-release (PDF).

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Dankeschön Potsdam!

April 30, 2013

Following what happened last year, FDI Mid Year Council and Chairs of Committees Meetings took place out of Genève. If last year the city chosen was Lisbon, this year was Potsdam, in Germany. ERO (European Regional Organisation of the World Dental Federation) plenary session was held immediately after.

 The council visited the Cecilienhof Palace.

The council visited the Cecilienhof Palace.

Wikipedia: “Schloss Cecilienhof is a palace in the northern part of the Neuer Garten park in Potsdam, Germany, close to the Jungfernsee lake. It has been part of the Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.

Cecilienhof was the last palace built by the Hohenzollern family. Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany had it erected for his son, Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, and the crown prince’s wife Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The house was designed by Paul Schultze-Naumburg to look like an English Tudor country house[1] and was built between 1914 and 1917. The interior was furnished according to plans by Paul Troost, who originally had designed steamship décors.

The brick and oak timberframe building, including six courtyards and 55 carved brick chimney tops, should have been completed in 1915, but construction was delayed due to the outbreak of World War I and Crown Prince Wilhelm and Cecilie could not move in until August 1917. Wilhelm followed his father into exile one year later, while Cecilie stayed at the palace until she fled from the approaching Red Army in February 1945.
Cecilienhof was the location of the Potsdam Conference between 17 July and 2 August 1945. The rooms had been largely refurnished to match the taste of the participants. Winston Churchill, later Clement Attlee, Joseph Stalin and Harry S. Truman met at the round table in the great hall. On 26 July 1945, Churchill and Truman issued the Potsdam Declaration defining the terms for Japanese surrender, while Truman had already given order to prepare the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Today Cecilienhof is a museum as well as a hotel. Queen Elizabeth II visited Cecilienhof on 3 November 2004. On 30 May 2007, the palace was used for the G8 foreign ministers summit.”

A picture of Potsdam Conference room. In 1945 and today.

A picture of Potsdam Conference room. In 1945 and today.

It was, once again, a fruitful council meeting as well as the committees meetings. Thanks to all colleagues that gave some of their time and knowledge to this common aim that links us all: the future of dental medicine and Oral Health worldwide.

Council meeting.

Council meeting.

Emmanuel Chevron (associate director for Business Development & Corporate Relations), Jean-Luc Eiselé (FDI executive director) and Jaime Edelson (FDI councillor).

Emmanuel Chevron (associate director for Business Development & Corporate Relations), Jean-Luc Eiselé (FDI executive director) and Jaime Edelson (FDI councillor).

Djerdana Ivosevic, FDI associate director for governance.

Djerdana Ivosevic, FDI associate director for governance.

Kathryn Kell, FDI treasure, speaking.

Kathryn Kell, FDI treasure, speaking.

Gerhard Seeberger, FDI councillor.

Gerhard Seeberger, FDI councillor.

ERO General Assembly.

ERO General Assembly.

Phillippe Rusca, new ERO president, and Anna Lella, president-elect.

Phillippe Rusca, new ERO president, and Anna Lella, president-elect.

Peter Engel, president of the German Dental Association BZÄK.

Peter Engel, president of the German Dental Association BZÄK. A special recognition to the BZAK, and Peter Engel for all the collaboration!

Kutschstall Ensemble.

Kutschstall Ensemble. Already the great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm had a riding stable built in 1671, not far from his residence situated at the old market, which 1878 resulted into the so-called “Kutschstallkomplex“ under Friedrich II.

Kathryn Kell, Phillipe Rusca and Kim Chuan How.

Kathryn Kell, Phillipe Rusca and Kim Chuan How.

Gerhard Seeberger, ERO former president, and Phillippe Rusca, current president.

Gerhard Seeberger, ERO former president, and Phillippe Rusca, current president.

Musical momment with "Marlene Dietrich" imitator.

Musical momment with “Marlene Dietrich” imitator.

At the Jungfernsee lake. I can not miss the opportunity to try to keep in shape...

At the Jungfernsee lake. I can not miss the opportunity to try to keep in shape…


FDI and Unilever – Towards a sustainable improvement of oral health

April 26, 2013

unilever-chart-contextUnder the invitation of Paul Polman, Unilever CEO, I participated at a roundtable event in London to discuss the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.

The roundtable focused on five themes: Sustainable Business Models, Improving Livelihoods, Health and Hygiene, Sustainable Sourcing and Sustainable Consumption & Marketing.

I joined the discussion on Health & Wellbeing hosted by Dave Lewis, President Personal Care. I was asked to share my views in three key areas:

  1. How do we accelerate progress on affordable public health interventions to reduce levels of diarrhea and malnutrition, and to increase access to basic sanitation and safe drinking water?
  2. We all feel businesses, NGOs and governments should be working together to deliver greater scale impact. Yet successful examples are not as numerous as you might expect. Why is this? What is holding us back?
  3. Given Unilever’s footprint in certain geographies, are there other areas of public health concern where you believe we have the opportunity to make a positive impact?

It was a challenging to accept this invitation which I enjoyed very much. I hope that my inputs to the discussion will help Unilever to make progress towards becoming a sustainable business.

From the Unilever report:

“We continue to work in a global partnership with the FDI World Dental Federation. In 2012, 28 local oral health promotion projects with national dental associations focused on communicating the importance of twice-daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste through dental practices, schools, hospitals and communities across 25 countries. We are evaluating the impact on over 28,000 people involved in these programmes around the world. A new campaign in 2013 is designed to address parents as the primary target to encourage behaviour change.”

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I would like to thank Marie-Anne Aymerich (Unilever senior vice president for oral care) and Analia Mendez (Unilever global director of health programmes and partnerships for oral care and household care categories), and Unilever team with whom we had several meetings and a farewell dinner with a view (below) to the Unilever headoffice in London.

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