Section of Chief Dental Officers/Dental Public Health

The Section of Chief Dental Officers/Dental Public Health brings together Chief Dental Officers from around the world as well as researchers, educators, policymakers, practitioners and representatives of organizations engaged in dental public health.

Executive Board

Chair
Prof. Shlomo Paul Zusman
Israel
Secretary
Dr James Taylor
Canada
Member
Dr Hiram Lockhart
Bahamas
Member
Dr Chng Chai Kiat
Singapore
Member
Dr Sara Hurley
United Kingdom
Global Chief Dental Officers

The Chief Dental Officers/Dental Public Health Section uses the term Chief Dental Officer (CDO) as a generic term that describes the one person in a country that is currently officially appointed as the senior civilian federal government policy authority in oral health. In countries that do not have a national CDO, the representative of the organization where the regional CDOs come together nationally is listed. While our Section strives to keep this global CDO list up to date, we realize that periodic changes take place in CDO position incumbents in all countries and that that information may not be immediately available to our Section. For this reason, we welcome FDI Regular and Associate Members to help us continually update this list by contacting the FDI Webmaster when the incumbent of their national CDO position changes.

Africa

Country

Chief Dental Officer

Algeria

Dr Farida SAIBI

Angola

Dr Djamila Saturnino OLIVEIRA

Benin

Dr Jean Guy ADJALLA

Botswana

Dr Faith GALEBOLE

Burkina Faso

Dr Rose DRABO

Burundi

Dr Juvénal Point MUYUKU

Cabo Verde

Dr Ozias Cunha FERNANDES

Cameroon

Dr Jean MIDOUNGE

Central African Republic

Dr Marthe Augustine KIRIMAT

Chad

Dr Abourma KEFAS

Comoros

Dr Ahamada Said ALIYASSAON

Congo

Dr Bienvenu MAKANGA

Côte d’Ivoire

Dr Marie-Laure TCHERE Yavo

Democratic Republic of Congo

Dr Umba Kazadi MAMY

Egypt

Dr Armany KHALIFA

Equatorial Guinea

Dr Gaudencio Esono NGOMO

Eritrea

Mr Sebhatu BEYENE

Ethiopia

Dr Molla GEDEFAW

Gabon

Mr Honoré MAGANDA MIHINDOU

Gambia

Dr Emmanuel BAMGELU

Ghana

Dr Constance ADDO-YOBO

Guinea

Dr Norbert TRAORE

Guinea-Bissau

Dr Lizandra CABRAL DOS REIS

Kenya

Dr Miriam MURIITHI

Lesotho

Dr Navoneiwa LINJEWILE-MAREALLE

Liberia

Dr M. KANAGASABAI

Madagascar

Dr Samoelà Hérédia RAZAFINDRAMBOHO

Malawi

Dr Martha CHIPANDA

Mali

Dr Seydou GUEYE

Mauritania

Dr Mohamed ABDALLAHI Ahmed

Mauritius

Dr Ian RAMDIN

Mozambique

Dr Amalia MEPATIA

Namibia

Dr Juvenary J. RUTABANZIBWA

Niger

Dr Amadou IBRAHIM

Nigeria

Dr Bola ALONGE

Rwanda

Dr Adolph KARENZI

São Tomé and Príncipe

Dr Milciades Quaresma Dos Santos NETO

Senegal

Dr Codou BADIANE

Seychelles

Dr Andre Michel Wix CUPIDON

Sierra Leone

Dr Patrick DON DAVIS

South Africa

Dr Mzimkhulu MCUBA

Swaziland

Dr Happiness N. MABUZA

Tanzania

Dr Baraka NZOBO

Togo

Dr Sama KOSSI

Tunisia

Dr Leila Larbi DOGHRI

Uganda

Dr Juliet Nabbanja KATUMBA

Zambia

Dr Mayuni SAKUSON

Zimbabwe

Dr Hardwicke MATIKITI

Asia

Country

Chief Dental Officer

Abu Dhabi

Dr Eissa AL-HOSANI

Armenia

Dr Davit MATEVOSYAN

Bahrain

Dr Abbas FARDAN

Bangladesh

Dr Umme Salma ABDULLAH

Cambodia

Dr Tepirou CHHER

Brunei Darussalam

Dr Malissa Abdullah SIKUN

Georgia

Dr Vladimer MARGVELASHVILI

Hong Kong SAR

Dr Wiley LAM

India

Dr Leimapokpam SWASTICHARAN 

Iran

Dr Hamid SAMADZADEH

Iraq

Dr Fakhri Abed Ali ALFATLAWI

Israel

Dr Lena NATAPOV

Japan

Dr Nobuhiro TAGUCHI

Kuwait

Dr Yousif AL-DUWAIRI

Malaysia

Dr Maryana MUSA

Mongolia

Dr Bazar AMARSAIKHAN

Myanmar

Dr Khin MAUNG

Nepal

Dr Shaili PRADHAN

Oman

Dr Salahudeen A. AL BULUSHI

People’s Republic of China

Dr Shuguo ZHENG

Saudi Arabia

Dr Mohammed AL-RAFEE

Singapore

Dr CHNG Chai Kiat

South Korea

Prof. Kee-Wan CHANG

Sri Lanka

Dr. J M W Jayasundara BANDARA

Thailand

Dr Piyada PRASERTSOM

Viet Nam

Dr Nguyen Thi Hong MINH

Europe

Country

Chief Dental Officer

Albania

Dr Dorjan HYSI

Austria

Dr Gabriele SAX

Belarus

Dr Andrei MATVEEV

Belgium

Dr Stefaan HANSON

Bulgaria

Dr Lydia KATROVA

Croatia

Dr Hrvoje PEZO

Cyprus

Dr Chrystala CHARALAMBOUS

Czech Republic

Dr Roman ŠMUCLER

Denmark

Dr Lene VILSTRUP

England

Dr Sara HURLEY

Estonia

Dr Taavo SEEDRE

Finland

Dr Anne NORDBLAD

France

Dr Sophie DARTEVELLE

Germany

Dr Sebastian ZILLER

Greece

Dr Aristomenis SYNGELAKIS

Hungary

Dr Ildikó PINKE

Iceland

Dr Helga ÁGÚSTSDÓTTIR

Ireland

Dr Dympna KAVANAGH

Italy

Dr Corrado PAGANELLI

Kosovo

Dr Blerim KAMBERI

Latvia

Dr Andis PAEGLITIS

Liechtenstein

Dr Hans Jörg MARXER

Lithuania

Dr Alina PURIENE

Luxembourg

Dr Nico DIEDERICH

Macedonia

Dr Elena SOZOVSKA

Malta

Dr Paula VASSALLO

Moldova

Dr Aurelia SPINEI

Netherlands

Dr Maaike WIJNHOUD

Northern Ireland

Dr Simon REID

Norway

Dr Hildur Cecilie SOHOEL

Poland

Dr Elzbieta MALKIEWICZ

Portugal

Dr Rui CALADO

Romania

Prof. Dragos STANCIU

Russian Federation

Prof. Oleg JANUSHEVICH

Scotland

Dr Tom FERRIS

Slovakia

Dr Neda MARKOVSKA

Slovenia

Prof. Dr Martina DREVENSEK

Spain

Dr José Luis Dopico PLAZAS

Sweden

Dr Mariana NÄSLUND-BLIXT

Switzerland

Dr Peter SUTER

Ukraine

Dr Iryna MAZUR

Wales

Dr Andrew DICKENSON

North America

Country

Chief Dental Officer

Anguilla

Dr Lindel BROOKES

Antigua & Barbuda

Dr Gregson WILLIAMS

Bahamas

Dr Hiram Mitchell LOCKHART

Belize

Dr Rafael SAMOS

Bermuda

Dr Celia Musson NZABALINDA

Canada

Dr James TAYLOR

Cayman Islands

Dr Naude DREYER

Costa Rica

Dr Nora Chavez QUIROZ

Cuba

Dr Maritza Sosa ROSALES

Dominica

Dr Idaline DARROUX-JOHN

Dominican Republic

Dr Juan José DOMINGUEZ

El Salvador

Dr Ana Vilma Ortega de BLANCO

Guatemala

Dr Carmen Lissette VANEGAS Chacón

Haiti

Dr Jean Marius LAFOND

Honduras

Dr Carlos Roberto AGUILAR 

Jamaica

Dr Irving MCKENZIE 

Mexico

Dr Heriberto Vera HERMOSILLO

Montserrat

Dr Coretta FERGUS

Nicaragua

Dr Concepcion PALACIOS

Panama

Dr Aminta GALVEZ

Puerto Rico

Dr Augusto ELIAS

St. Christopher (St. Kitts) & Nevis

Dr Randy LIBURD

Trinidad & Tobago

Dr Elizabeth PRAYMAN

Turks & Caicos Islands

Dr Janice BARON

United States

Dr Tim RICKS

Oceania

Country

Chief Dental Officer

Australia

Mr Mark CHILVERS

Fiji

Dr Tokasa Ratubalavu LEWENI

New Zealand

Dr Riana CLARKE

Phillipines

Dr Blesida SANCHEZ

Solomon Islands

Dr Ellison VANE

Vanuatu

Dr Jenny STEPHENS

South America

Country

Chief Dental Officer

Argentina

Dr Javier CANZANI

Brazil

Dr Livia Maria Almeida COELHO DE SOUZA

Chile

Dr Carolina MENDOZA Van Der Molen

Colombia

Dr Sandra TOVAR Valencia

Ecuador

Dr Ximena RAZA

Guyana

Dr Joanes JEAN

Paraguay

Dr Gloria Medina QUIÑONEZ

Peru

Dr Jim Romero LLOLLA

Suriname

Dr Marcel PANDAY

Uruguay

Dr Pablo Bianco RICCI

Venezuela

Dr Defgren CAMEJO

 

FDI World Dental Congress 2022

2022 World Dental Congress

The 2022 FDI World Dental Congress in Mumbai has been cancelled. The 2022 FDI World Dental Parliament will be taking place in Geneva 18-25 September 2022. Unfortunately, the annual Joint Forum sponsored by the FDI Public Health Committee and our Section has also been cancelled.

FDI CDO/DPH Section

This year’s Section Annual Business Meeting (ABM) will again be held virtually. All Section Members are encouraged to attend. The link to this meeting is here.The meeting will take place at 09h00-10h00 Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, 14 September 2022 via Microsoft Teams.

A preliminary list of Agenda items is:

1.Section elections.

2.Global impact of the WHA75 Global Oral Health Strategy and engagement of national CDOs in the resultant 2023 Action Plan for Public Oral Health.

3.Global uptake of the FDI Vision 2030: Delivering Optimal Oral Health for All, and next steps for national CDOs.

Section Members are welcome to forward to the Chair any issues that they feel require the attention of the Executive Board. The Chair may be reached at zusmans@gmail.com.

Past Meetings
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WDC Elections

2021 World Dental Congress

From 26-29 September 2021, the Australian Dental Association and FDI presented a completely virtual, special edition of the World Dental Congress (WDC). Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Congress was moved 100% online for the first time.

FDI CDO/DPH Section

Rather than holding a 2021 Section Annual Business Meeting, we held a virtual “Open Executive Business Meeting” for our Executive Board Members, whereat any Section Members who were interested and available were able to observe. The meeting took place at 09h00-10h00 Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, 29 September 2021.

The list of topics discussed was:

1.Global impact of COVID-19 on oral health, and actions that have been taken at the WHO/transnational and CDO/national levels to address them.

2.Global impact of the WHA74 Resolution on Oral Health and engagement of national CDOs in the resultant 2022 draft Global Strategy, and its subsequent 2023 Action Plan for Public Oral Health.

3.Global uptake of the FDI Vision 2030: Delivering Optimal Oral Health for All, and next steps for national CDOs.

4.Global rollout of the ACFF Global Consensus for Achieving a Dental Cavity-Free Future, and next steps for national CDOs.

 

FDI Public Health Committee / Chief Dental Officer Forum

As in previous years, a joint FDI PHC/CDO Section Forum was held during the 2021 WDC. The virtual program was entitled: Success stories on integrating Oral Health into General Health, and included:

1. Success story: Education - evidence based

2. Success story: Policy

3. Success story: Dissemination to public and/or other healthcare providers
 

Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future
World Health Organization

Executive Board 148

World Health Assembly 74

Amended Director General’s Report on Oral Health

Recorded Proceedings

Click on ”Committee A”, then on “Seventh Meeting of Committee A” and “Item 13.2”, then go to 2:18:19 (vote) and 2:23:07 (Dr Tedros’ comments).

 

WHO Global Strategy On Oral Health

Executive Board 150

World Health Assembly 75

National interventions on WHO Draft Global Strategy On Oral Health

https://www.who.int/about/governance/world-health-assembly/seventy-fifth-world-health-assembly
(see Committee A tab, 8th&9th Sessions, Item 14.1, starting at 3:44:59)

 

FDI intervention on WHO Draft Global Strategy On Oral Health

https://www.who.int/about/governance/world-health-assembly/seventy-fifth-world-health-assembly
(see Committee A tab, 10th Session, Item 14.1, starting at 08:30)

 

IADR intervention on WHO Draft Global Strategy On Oral Health

https://www.who.int/about/governance/world-health-assembly/seventy-fifth-world-health-assembly
(see Committee A tab, 10th Session, Item 14.1, starting at 07:20)

 

WHA75 Adoption of WHO Global Strategy On Oral Health

https://www.who.int/about/governance/world-health-assembly/seventy-fifth-world-health-assembly
(see Plenary tab, 8th Session, Item 9, starting at 01:35)

 

WHO Media Release

https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/landmark-global-strategy-on-oral-health-adopted-at-world-health-assembly-75