FDI leadership joins World Oral Health Day celebrations in South East Asia

02 April 2014

Simultaneous celebrations of World Oral Health Day 2014 took place in three neighbouring countries in South East Asia with strong support from FDI leadership. FDI President Dr Tin Chun Wong was in Thailand, then Myanmar; Dr Patrick Hescot was in Vietnam.

The celebrations started on 19 March, when Dr Wong joined an oral health seminar in Bangkok organized by international and local sponsor Listerine (Johnson & Johnson). Other seminar participants included Lt. Gen. Phisal Thepsithar, President of the Dental Association of Thailand, Associate Professor Hiroshi Ogawa, speaking on behalf of the World Health Organization and Mr Edwin Hawson representing Listerine.

Myanmar
20 March saw the FDI President in Yangon, where celebrations, organized by the Myanmar Dental Association (MDA) in association with Signal (Unilever), included prize giving to the winners of the Best Oral Essay competition and Best Smile Competition. Keynote addresses Yangon were by Myanmar Social Minister Myint Thien and Dr Wong, who highlighted the prevalence of oral cavities and the importance of oral care.

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FDI President Dr Tin Chun Wong and Unilever CEO Paul Polman make the Two Finger Pledge in Nay Pyi Taw

In Nay Pyi Taw, alongside an exhibition of World Oral Health Day drawings by local children, there was a series of addresses by representatives of the Myanmar Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, Dr Wong and Unilever CEO Paul Polman, followed by a performance of the Signal Song.

FDI, the two ministries, MDA and Unilever signed a Letter of Cooperation for oral health in Myanmar, and sealed the agreement with a Two Finger Pledge to adopt a twice daily tooth brushing routine.

Vietnam

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Dr Patrick Hescot, in Hanoi with participants in the Little Dentists Crew programme

The Vietnam Odonto-Stomatology Association (VOSA) celebrated World Oral Health Day 2014 on 20 March in the presence of FDI President-elect Dr Patrick Hescot, in Hanoi to mark the occasion with the signing and launch of Little Dentists Crew programme.

The launch took place at a ceremony addressed by the Vietnamese Minister of Health Dr Thu Truong Nguyen Viet Tien, Dr Hescot, Unilever Vietnam chief Tran Vu Hoai and representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training and VOSA.

The ‘Little Dentists Crew’ programme is supported by FDI and carried out in partnership with Unilever Pepsodent, VOSA, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Education and Training. The goal is to improve the oral health care of Vietnam. The major tasks of the Little Dentists Crew are to bring the message “Brushing Twice a Day to protect the Vietnamese Smile” to the primary schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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