FDI African Strategy for Africa – Capetown

October 31, 2012

Group photo of the participants Group photo of the participants (see list below).

30 delegates converged on Cape Town, South Africa, 30 and 31 October, to hammer out principles and action for future FDI undertakings on the African continent.

They included presidents and representatives from 16 national dental associations, a government official, a delegate from the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as FDI council and committee members and staff.

The aim was to listen, learn and agree on a common strategy to build capacity, reinforce credibility and enhance the operational effectiveness of African national dental associations.

CommitmentCommitment

African Summit on Oral Health (30 to 31 October 2012): Declaration

FDI World Dental Federation and 16 Presidents and representatives of its member National Dental Associations (NDAs) at the African Summit on Oral Health in Cape Town on 30 and 31 October 2012:

  • within the context of the overarching vision of ‘Leading the World to Optimal Oral Health’;
  • mindful of the crucial role of oral health in general health; and
  • alarmed by the omission of oral health from the ongoing discussions on WHO draft global work plan 2014-2019

FDI and NDAs commit to:

  • improving efficiency in order to reinforce credibility as national strategic advisor in the field of public oral health policy making;
  • enhancing leadership and management skills;
  • reinforcing inter-NDA communication and information exchange.

In support of these commitments, FDI and its NDAs will:

  • develop and facilitate training to enhance NDA skills in strategic planning, leadership, negotiation, governance, marketing and communications and project management;
  • advocate actively for oral health in the African continent;
  • develop a framework with WHO for data collection and dissemination;
  • implement and promote this strategic plan for African NDAs.

Strategic session.Strategic session

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Addressing at SADA, South African 2012 Congress - "Dental dignity for all".Addressing at SADA, South African 2012 Congress – “Dental dignity for all”.

From left to right, Johannes Smit, Roux Vermeulen, Board Chairperson, and Maretha Smit.From left to right, Johannes Smit, Roux Vermeulen, Board Chairperson, and Maretha Smit.

FDI Unilever press conference.FDI Unilever press conference. The FDI African Oral Health Summit was made possible through an unrestricted grant from Unilever Oral Care.

Another group photo from Springboks Rugby Team, from South Africa (by coincidence, sharing the summit hotel).Another group photo… from Springboks Rugby Team, South Africa (by coincidence, sharing the summit hotel).

A view to Robben Island, from the harbour.A view to Robben Island, from the harbour.

Meeting delegates. Present at the meeting were:


Health officials
Dr. Bimpe Adebiyi (Nigeria), Chief Dental Officer, Dr. Benoit Varenne, WHO-Regional Focal Point Oral Health and Noma, Democratic Republic of Congo

Delegates
Dr. Marc-Aurèle CATRAYE, Association des Chirurgiens-Dentistes du Benin, Benin, Dr. Jocelyne Gare Kopiho, Association des Chirurgiens-Dentistes du Burkina Faso (ACDB), Burkina Faso, Dr. Brigitte Banza, Association Nationale des Chirurgiens-dentistes, Democratic Republic of Congo, Prof. Marvet Rashed, Egyptian Dental Association, Egypt, Dr. Gilbert A. Ankrah, Ghana Dental Association, Ghana, Dr. Mamadu Cande Guinea-Bissau Dental Association, Guinea Bissau, Dr. Jane G. Wamai, Kenya Dental Association, Kenya, Dr. Susan Maina, Kenya Dental Association / FDI Strategy For Africa Task Team, Kenya, Dr. Ahmed Ba, Association des Odonto-Stomatologistes du Mali (AOSMA), Mali, Prof. Lahcen Ouseha, Association Marocaine de Prévention Bucco-Dentaire (AMPBD), Morocco, Dr. Paula Ahing, Mozambique, Dental Association, Mozambique, Dr. Ibrahim Amadou, Association des Chirurgiens Dentistes du Niger, Dr. Oluotimi Olojede, Nigerian Dental Association, Nigeria, Dr. Wakabe Kane, Association Nationale des Chirurgiens-dentistes Senegalais (ANCDS), Senegal, Dr Roux Vermeulen, South African Dental Association, South Africa, Dr. Fadil Elamin, Sudanese Dental Union, Sudan, Dr. Alphonse Mangamana, Association des Chirurgiens-Dentistes du Togo (ACDT), Togo, Dr. Gerald Tsoka, Dental Association of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe,

FDI World Dental Federation
Dr Orlando Monteiro da Silva, President.
Members of the FDI Strategy for Africa Task Team: Dr. Emile China (Benin), FDI Councilor, Dr. Patrick Hescot (France), FDI Councilor, Prof. Denis Bourgeois (France), President of GADEF,
FDI head office: Dr Jean-Luc Eiselé, Executive Director, Dr Virginie Horn, FDI Education and Development Manager, Christopher M. Simpson, Communications manager.

Moderator
Ms. Danièle Castle (Switzerland).


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...