When:
March 17, 2019 @ 8:30 am – March 20, 2019 @ 5:30 pm Africa/Nairobi Timezone
2019-03-17T08:30:00+03:00
2019-03-20T17:30:00+03:00
Where:
Meru Primary and Secondary School Grounds - Arusha
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tanzania Dental Association (TDA)
+255 758 960 550
  1. WOHD is celebrated on 20 March every year; the day was first declared by FDI in 2007. It is the culmination of a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness on the prevention and control of oral diseases. It is an international day to promote good oral health for everyone and empower individuals to maintain a healthy mouth at all ages. WOHD was first celebrated in Tanzania in 2013 with activities in two regions only:- Dar es Salaam and Shinyanga.
  2. In 2018, WOHD in Tanzania was celebrated by conducting oral health Activities in a total of 21 regions including Tanzania Zanzibar reaching over 36,000 people (up from 6,000 previous year). As result, TDA was awarded the FDI WOHD 2018 Most Educational Activity during the 106th World Dental Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September 2018.
  3. World Oral Health Day is a far-reaching global oral health campaign. It is a platform for the public, oral health community, and policymakers to help reduce the overall oral disease burden.
  4. Tanzania Dental Association (TDA) expects to commemorate the World Oral Health Day (WOHD) in collaboration with the World Dental Federation (FDI) and other countries worldwide on 20th March, 2019 in Arusha.
  5. Traditionally this will be preceded by a one week community activities in all regions of Tanzania as from 14th to 20th March, 2019 whereby dental check-ups, treatment and oral health education will be offered to the community without any payments.
  6. THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR 2019 COMMEMORATION IS “SAY AHH: ACT ON MOUTH HEALTH”,SEMA AHH: CHUKUA HATUA ZINAZOZINGATIA AFYA YA KINYWA NA MENO”.
  7. In a special way the Association is planning to offer community outreach services to children with special needs in Arusha and other regions in Tanzania.
  8. As part of this commemoration there will be an Oral Health Awareness Walk on 17th March, 2019 which will start from the Arusha Regional Commissioner’s Office Grounds to Meru Primary and Secondary School Grounds. . The Arusha Regional Commissioner is expected to be the Guest of Honor in the Awareness Walk.
  9. The Climax for World Oral Health Day Commemoration activities will be on 20th March 2019 at the Meru Primary and Secondary School Grounds where dental check-ups, treatment and oral health education will be offered       to the community without any payments. The Guest of Honor is expected         to be the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Hon. Ummy Mwalimu (MP).
  10. All these activities are aiming to raise public awareness on oral health.
  11. Why celebrate World Oral Health Day?

Most people will suffer from an oral condition in their lifetimes. Many of  these conditions can be avoided with increased awareness, support, and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes, which is what     World Oral Health Day is all about.

  1. FDI encourages all member National Dental Associations, governments, non-governmental organizations, media and other entities to participate in WOHD to develop community, national, regional, and global activities to improve oral health.

 

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