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The Manchester Declaration

Following on from the successful conferences in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Colombo and Accra, the latter producing the Accra Declaration, the Commonwealth Dental Association (CDA) continued to consider issues relating to oral care for vulnerable people and support for those who care for them.

New President and Executive for the Commonwealth Dental Association

At its Biennial General Meeting on Tuesday May 5th, held at the Manchester International Convention Centre, Dr Anthony Kravitz OBE , of the United Kingdom , was installed as the 9 th President of the Commonwealth Dental Association. Present were delegates from 12 countries of the Commonwealth. His term of office will last two years.

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CDA symposium in Sri Lanka

The CDA held a symposium on the issue of Oral health for older people in a changing world as part of the Sri Lankan Dental Association's 80thanniversary annual scientific congress in June 2013.

The scene was set by CDA President Bill O'Reilly in his introductory speech. Presentations were then received by two Sri Lankan specialists, Dr Dilhar Samaraweera, Consultant Physician, on the medical perspective of specialised care for the elderly, and by Dr Vajira Jayasinghe, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, on the dental perspective of the topic. Professor T V Padmanabhan (India) then provided a presentation on oral health and an ageing population. This was followed by a presentation by Dr Hilary Cooray, CDA Immediate Past President, on the role of general dental practitioners in issues of care for an ageing population.

Country presentations on issues and solutions were received from Dr T V Padmanabhan (India), Dato Dr A Ratnanesan (Malaysia), Dr Pubidu C Perera (Sri Lanka) and Dr Ahamed Saleem (Maldives).

The session was attended by over 100 participants, who considered the information provided in the presentations further. As a result of the event, a concept paper based on the discussions will be published in the near future.

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CDA Symposium Bill

Triennial Workshop report

A report of the workshop 'Oral health and an ageing population - the Challenge' is now available here and includes links to some of the presentations held at the event.

CDA workshop report

Oral health and an ageing population - Sue Greening

Tooth loss and quality of life in the elderly - Temitope Esan

Using blended learning - Noam Tamir

CDA letter and WHO response

The CDA wrote to the WHO in November to express its concerns about the omission of oral health from the WHO's draft general work plan for 2014-2019. Our letter and their response can be seen below.

CDA letter

WHO response


A statement approved by the Commonwealth Health Ministers at their meeting in May 2006. Health Professionals have a fundamental role to play in tobacco control and members of the dental team can play a special role in that process. Dental professionals have the opportunity to help people change their behaviour and then they can give advice, guidance and answers to questions related to the consequences of tobacco use in general and oral tobacco use in particular.


There is no doubt that most of the common diseases of the mouth are derived from lifestyle, and that changes of lifestyle – whether planned or accidental (from social factors) for which the consumer may not have choice can lead to deterioration of oral health. Particularly relevant is the choice or availability of food and drink.


The information in this publication is derived from a survey of the dental workforce across the Commonwealth, conducted by the author from March 2006 until February 2007.


The Commonwealth Dental Association (CDA) recognises that effective infection control in rural dental practices – especially in resource limited communities – is challenging. However, the need for effective infection control cannot be ignored or downplayed, especially with the ongoing threat of the spread of highly infectious or easily communicable diseases, such as Hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS and outbreaks of pandemic influenza from time to time. It is important for health authorities, working in partnerships with interested NGOs, to develop effective strategies to improve infection control measures. These strategies should encompass the protection of patients and also that of the dental health care workers (or providers).


In 2009 the Commonwealth Health Professions Alliance (CHPA) undertook a survey of health professionals in Commonwealth countries. Over 800 individuals from 42 Commonwealth countries returned the survey, as well as a number of health professional associations, who returned surveys on behalf of a membership numbering in excess of 200,000 individuals.