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30 September 2019



FDI President Gerhard Seeberger

Dr Gerhard Seeberger

FDI President

It is with great excitement that I write my first message to you as President of FDI. I want to begin by thanking each of you for your continued support of FDI, and for entrusting me as your President for the next two years. I am excited to hit the ground running with each and every one of you!

A shared vision

Before I go any further, I would like to thank my predecessor, Immediate Past President Kathy Kell for two wonderful years at the helm of FDI. I was very proud to start my term as President at the conclusion of the ADA FDI World Dental Congress (WDC) which was delivered in excellence. I am looking forward to seeing you all again at the next FDI WDC in Shanghai in 2020 which is hosted together with the Chinese Stomatological Association. “Share vision, shape the future of oral health” is the theme for the 2020 FDI WDC, highlighting quiet importantly that we need to actively work together to drive positive change for oral health.

Dr Kell hands over the presidency to Dr Seeberger

I start my two years as President with a steadfast commitment to work closely with our National Dental Associations to increase awareness of oral health and reduce inequities in oral health. I realize that the value we bring to our members is paramount in building a stronger and an even more successful FDI. I promise to expand upon that value to our members and I look forward to an enjoyable and impactful year ahead and hope to see you very soon. Please be assured that I will stand up for you to be seen and speak up for you to be heard!

Oral health for all

It is my hope that through our collective actions we can maintain the growing global momentum around oral health and ensure oral health for all. Last week, I had the privilege of representing FDI at the recent United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UN HLM on UHC) in New York. At this meeting, world leaders adopted the first-ever UN Political Declaration on UHC, which made a long overdue commitment to strengthening oral health. This is a major breakthrough – UHC provides a unique opportunity to improve access to essential oral health services and address substantial out-of-pocket expenses associated with oral healthcare in many countries. During the side events of the UN HLM on UHC, I had good talks with key stakeholders that we need to work with to achieve UHC, including health and finance ministers, decision makers in education and family planning as well as patient representatives. It is now vital that we support countries in converting this global commitment into concrete and sustainable action at the national level.

President Seeberger with Italian Deputy Minister for International Cooperation Emanuela del Re

Dr Seeberger with Italian Deputy Minister for International Cooperation Emanuela del Re

Let’s unite for Mouth Health

We all have the power to take action to reduce the impact of oral diseases on individuals, families and communities. I encourage you to take part in the 2020 World Oral Health Day campaign (WOHD) Say Ahh: Unite for Mouth Health. WOHD is celebrated every year on 20 March.

For the 2020 WOHD campaign, we want everyone to make a pledge on oral health. Through everyone’s collective pledges and efforts, we hope to reduce the burden of oral disease worldwide. So, what will you pledge to do?

Unite for Mouth Health

Dr Gerhard Seeberger

FDI President


New resources

You can already start spreading the word for the upcoming World Oral Health Day with the following new resources:



Upcoming travel

Congress of the Lebanese Dental Association
3—5 October 2019 • Beirut, Lebanon

60th celebration of the Bavarian Dental Chamber
17 October 2019 • Munich, Germany


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