Africa Summit 2012

Thirty delegates converged on Cape Town, South Africa, 30 and 31 October, to shape 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, as FDI President Dr Orlando Monteiro da Silva pointed out in his opening address, was to listen and learn.


The event, the FDI African Oral Health Summit, comprised a series of break-out and discussion sessions, each one followed by a plenary, to capture commentary and discussion at each stage.

The effect, according to the event's designer, strategic planner Danièle Castle, was intended to be cumulative, with each step building on the preceding one. This was reflected in the outcome.

Summit Declaration

The result was a Summit Declaration, defining the agreed functional principles of a strategy to build capacity, reinforce credibility and enhance the operational effectiveness of African NDAs. The text is as follows:

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.

Download the PDF version of the Declaration

Turning point

"I firmly believe that this Summit will prove to be a turning point for FDI in Africa," said Dr da Silva. "Although just 16 nations, they brought together north, west, east and southern Africa and can fairly claim to represent a consensus of opinion across the continent. A truly excellent event."

"The Summit was a particularly inspiring moment for the future of oral health in Africa," said FDI Councilor Dr Emile China, FDI spokesman for Africa. "Each NDA has different strengths and weaknesses and levels of funding. The future strategy will do something for everyone, providing clear aims and supporting actions: it is the operational plan we need."

FDI African Strategy for Oral Health

The outcomes of the summit, and a list of actions were summarized in a publication: FDI African Strategy for Oral Health: Addressing the specific needs of the continent (click to download PDF).

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

Meeting delegates

Health officials

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


  • 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


Ms. Danièle Castle (Switzerland)