Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry

: 2022  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 227-

President's message

Sabyasachi Saha 
 President, Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry, India

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Sabyasachi Saha
President, Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry

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Greetings and Welcome

Oral health was rarely a priority area in health care reforms but the recent resolution by the World Health Assembly 74.5 on developing a global oral health action plan has provided an exclusive window of opportunity for scaling up the efforts toward reducing the burden of oral diseases.

The Government of India (GoI) through its National Oral Health Program (NOHP) has envisioned a robust public health approach to uplift oral health in the country across various groups. Recently, it was very heartening to see that 14 public health dentists from our association, who were part of the 1st brainstorming workshop of the National Steering Group for Oral Health on “Action Plan for Strengthening Oral Healthcare in India” conducted at the Oral Health Sciences Centre, PGIMER, Chandigarh, under the aegis of NOHP, MoHFW, GoI. The members explored the priority areas of strengthening oral health care in India and the scope of national and regional collaborative work under NOHP.

These developments are heartening and bring a sense of gratification to the profession. It also reminds us of the massive responsibility and contributions that public health dentists can bring at every level of the country's oral health agenda.

The COVID-19 pandemic was hurdle to many professional interactions that the Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry (IAPHD) has always envisioned. But the association has been resilient and adapted itself to changing times by accepting the new norms of the virtual world. But I am happy to see things change and we are all gearing up to the 26th IAPHD National Conference at Goa from September 23 to 25, 2022.

I congratulate the Organizing Committee at the Department of Public Health Dentistry at the Goa Dental College and Hospital for their untiring efforts. The organizing committee has left no stone unturned to make this conference a grand success. The theme for this year's conference is “Oral health for all: Inclusive and Sustainable” which further strengthens the mandate of achieving Universal Oral Health Coverage in India.

I wish the event a grand success.

Jai Hind