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IFDH President's Report

November 2017

Robyn Watson

My first news is that sadly, the Board of Directors has decided that the political situation on the Korean peninsula has deteriorated to the point where we have had to make a decision in the interest of safety for participants in the ISDH 2019. The venue will be changed and announced shortly. It is very unfortunate that this has happened, and the situation may improve, but we cannot continue to plan in the current environment and needed to make a decision before it is too late to plan a new venue.

I was recently invited to attend the Dental Hygiene competition and Russian Dental Hygiene Association meeting in Moscow. There are now 4,000 hygienists in Russia and the founders of the Association, Drs Oles and Svetlana Schevenko are to be commended for their efforts in promoting the dental hygiene profession and oral health in Russia. Each region of Russia holds a clinical competition and the finalists go to Moscow for the final competition to determine the "Best Dental Hygienist in Russia." Congratulations to all the finalists and to the winner, Ms Lana Sinai, from St Petersburg.

Congratulations also to the Dutch Dental Hygiene Association (NVM) on their 50th Anniversary. The Dutch have been leaders in the profession for many years and had a wonderful celebration to commemorate their accomplishments. Unfortunately I was unable to attend due to an accident the day before in Russia.

Congratulations also to the Irish Dental Hygiene Association on their 30th Anniversary to be celebrated this month.

This accident also prevented me from attending IADR in Delhi, the ACFF meeting in Washington DC, the Global Dental Hygiene Research conference in Ottawa and the Dental Hygiene Seminar in Dubai.

The IADR 11th World Congress on Preventive Dentistry was held on Oct 4-7 in New Delhi, India. The program concerned the integration of multifactorial approaches towards the prevention of oral cancer, dental caries, periodontal disease and other oral diseases, including Oral Health and Aging and breaking barriers in geriatric care.

Our Past President, Dr JoAnn Gurenlian, was the keynote speaker at the 4th annual Global Dental Hygiene Research Conference: Translating Knowledge to Action, hosted in collaboration with the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research and Practice and CDHA's 2017 Annual Conference. The CDHA welcomed over 500 clinicians, researchers, educators and other oral health professionals from 17 countries around the world to the nation's capital between October 19 and 21.

The ACFF World Cavity Free Day on October 14th was very successful and we appreciate the efforts of all the national associations to increase the awareness of the global caries epidemic. The ACFF is preparing a report which will be published shortly.

Last, but certainly not least we welcome the Federation of Indian Dental Hygienists as our newest IFDH member. Dental Hygienists have been educated in India for 30 years and we look forward to supporting them in the growth of our profession in India.

This is the last newsletter for this year and the time seems to have gone by very quickly. I want to extend my best wishes for the rest of the year and the upcoming holiday season.

Robyn Watson RDH, BSc, MPA
President IFDH

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