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WDC Interviews: Katie Dain

Opportunities from FDI/NCD Alliance collaboration

22 June 2017

Katie Dain, Executive Director of the NCD Alliance and featured speaker at the FDI/NCD Alliance joint session, outlines what dentists can learn at the joint FDI/NCD Alliance session, how the FDI and the NCD Alliance can accomplish their common goals by working together, as well as outlining the current status and priorities of the international health agenda.

young girl smiling with water bottle

New Zealand Dental Association calls on government to remove all sugary drinks in schools

21 June 2017
FDI Member

NZDA tells Minister of Education to ‘step-up’ for an impact on the health of students; supports ‘water only’ schools to reduce sugar intake.


More than 7,000 dental practitioners expected at HKIDEAS this August

21 June 2017

HKIDEAS promises the latest dental technology and innovation this August. Register before 23 July and save.

tooth with mercury filling

Minamata Convention on Mercury comes into force in August affecting use of dental amalgam

06 June 2017

The global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury reached the 50-ratifications milestone.

Spotlight on ADA’s annual meeting in Atlanta; Host for FDI World Dental Congress in 2019

06 June 2017
FDI Member

The American Dental Association (ADA) will return to Atlanta, Georgia, 19-23 October for ADA 2017 – America’s Dental Meeting®. They will also host FDI’s World Dental Congress 2019, taking place in San Francisco from 5-8 September.

Margaret Chan in her final address as WHO DG to WHA70

FDI calls for inclusion of oral health in global health policies at World Health Assembly

01 June 2017

FDI’s message to the global health community: governments should include dental associations in the development of antimicrobial resistance actions plans; funding should be allocated for oral health to prevent oral disease in the context of noncommunicable diseases; and oral health should be integrated into the 2030 Agenda where FDI’s measurement tool, once developed, will be key to monitoring oral health outcomes.

Patrick Hescot

New leadership, new venues – WHO appoints new Director General

31 May 2017

On behalf of FDI, I would like to congratulate former Ethiopian Minister of Health, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on his appointment as Director-General (DG) of the World Health Organization (WHO), possibly the most important job in global health. His appointment follows an election process at the 70th World Health Assembly in May and hopefully African Member States can in particular look forward to a boost to health strategy on the African continent during the new DGs five-year mandate.

FDI Regional Congress 2017 Tehran opening ceremony

Tehran declares oral health a right at 1st FDI Middle Eastern Regional Congress

23 May 2017

Featuring world-class speakers, scientists and professionals from Iran and elsewhere in the world, the congress was a milestone for FDI.

Prof Marie Therese Flores

Higher awareness of dental injuries addressed in FDI 2017 Madrid

17 May 2017

Prof. Marie Therese Flores Barrett from Valparaíso University dental faculty will be giving two lectures at the World Dental Congress in Madrid, one on ‘Special care for children with dental injuries’, the other on ‘Root fractures in the permanent dentition: diagnosis, treatment and long term follow-up’. Here she provides some background to her courses and what makes the Madrid event special.

Children of the WDDF brushing their teeth

Call for applications for World Dental Development Fund ends 15 June

16 May 2017

Established in 1999, the World Dental Development Fund (WDDF) works to improve oral health globally by financing innovative prevention and access programmes in disadvantaged populations.