The 102nd FDI Annual World Dental Congress 2014 was inaugurated today at a glittering ceremony by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. The Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik, and Shri Ahmed Hasan, Health Minister of Uttar Pradesh, were the honoured guests at the inaugural function. Dr. Tin Chun Wong, FDI President, Dr Patrick Hescot, FDI President-Elect, Dr Jean-Luc Eisele, FDI Executive Director, Dr Mahesh Verma, IDA President, Dr. Alias Thomas, IDA President-Elect, Dr Ashok Dhoble, IDA Hon Secretary General, Dr L. Krishna Prasad, Dr Bellie, were the other dignitaries present on the occasion.
Dr. Tin Chun Wong, FDI President said, “We are delighted to have selected India as the venue for this year’s Annual World Dental Congress and to have had the pleasure of working with our colleagues at the Indian Dental Association to secure a memorable and well-attended event. India, as one of the world’s largest economies and most populous countries, is an ideal venue for FDI to pursue its vision of ‘Leading the World to Optimal Oral Health’. During the congress, we will be highlighting some of the major issues facing dental practitioners, in particular, and health services, in general. One of these is improving access to oral health care, since oral health is considered a human right. Another is oral healthcare for the ageing populations, which will be the subject of this year’s World Oral Health Forum under the title ‘Challenges of oral healthcare in an ageing society’.”
Dr. Mahesh Verma, IDA President said, “The Indian Dental Association, of which I am the president, is privileged to play host to the unique event of significance attended by a truly global audience. Really speaking, this is the largest dental congress to be held in the world. And, it’s the second time the coveted congress is being held in our country after a gap of ten years. Needless to say, it is a rare honour for any country, particularly for our country with over a billion population and over 300 dental colleges, to host an event of this universal importance. Under the theme of “A billion smiles welcome the world of dentistry”, the congress offers a platform to learn and exchange ideas with a global audience representing delegates from over 138 countries. With its burgeoning population, poverty and inequality, and a preponderant proportion of the people being socially and economically marginalised, the Congress will assume tremendous importance in improving their oral health. “
Dr. Ashok Dhoble, Hon’ble Secretary General, Indian Dental Association said, “Oral health is integral to overall health and quality of life. I am delighted to announce here that IDA has started an oral health movement in the form of National Oral Health Programme in the country to create awareness among the people. A project on Healthy Smile, Happy Smile to be launched shortly aims at sustaining the smile on the billion population in keeping with the congress theme. Next year, IDA will be celebrating the 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Rafiuddin Ahmed, the father of modern Indian Dentistry and founder of IDA. What better forum to make the announcement than at the FDI Annual World Dental Congress”, he said.
The FDI’s Annual World Dental Congress has always been a unique opportunity to meet leaders of the dental profession from more than one hundred countries, as well as top personalities of the international and national trade and industry. It is also a proven platform for global education, communication and development.
FDI 2014 New Delhi Annual World Dental Congress will offer a rich scientific programme which includes panels, conferences, forums, and interactive sessions on subjects of topical interest in all disciplines of dentistry. There’ll be 120 scientific sessions with continuing education being the main focus for purposes of academic accreditation and value addition. Over 200 papers on variousspecialities of dentistry and over 500 posters are expected to be presented. Continuing education will be the main focus of these scientific lectures for academic accreditation, since FDI World Dental Federation is an ADA CERP recognized provider. Participants at the congress would be able to gain 28 academic credit points
During the congress exhibitors will present information on new products, services and procedural techniques. Thus for the dental professionals, FDI Congress offers an interactive platform to gain a comprehensive overview of the spectrum of modern dental technology available in discussions with specialists from the exhibiting companies.
About Indian Dental Association (IDA)
Founded in 1946 IDA is the largest recognized body of dental professionals in India. IDA has a national presence and works with 30 state and 7 union territories and over 360 local branches spread across the country. Its mission is to lead the country to optimal oral health while promoting professional advancement of its own members. IDA is affiliated with distinguished global associations such as the Federation of Dentaire Internationale (FDI or World Dental Federation), Commonwealth Dental Association (CDA) and the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), to name only a few. IDA believes in the importance of oral health and is consistently working towards its aim of optimal oral health for every Indian by 2020.
FDI World Dental Federation (FDI)
FDI World Dental Federation, established in Paris in 1900 as the Fédération Dentaire Internationale, is the world’s leading organization representing the dental profession. The FDI is a federation of over 200 National Dental Associations and, as such, its main roles are to bring together the world of dentistry, to represent the dental profession of the world.
It serves as the principal representative body for over one million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programmes, speaking as a unified voice for dentistry in international advocacy, and supporting member associations in oral health promotion activities worldwide.
FDI develops supports and promotes programmes aimed at the prevention of oral diseases and the improvement of general health in association with member associations.