Dear Colleagues and Friends
It is our great pleasure to announce the 2nd Tri-Regional Meeting “A New Smile for Africa” of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) will be held during
18-20 January, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.
This meeting follows the very successful Regional Meeting that was held in Johannesburg in March 2018 with the aim to continue building on the strong platform that was set.
The IAPD Regional Meeting, is the most prestigious meeting for paediatric dentistry in Africa and will be hosted by the Kenya Association of Paediatric Dentists and organized jointly with the Nigerian Association of Paediatric Dentistry and Paedodontic Society of South Africa.
The largest population in Africa is made up of children below the age of 15 years, and this population forms the future of the continent. Surprisingly, of all the dental diseases the world has to shoulder, especially dental caries in children, Africa is increasing joining the world nations with highest dmft/DMFT in children. It is, therefore, very important that Africa takes upon itself the lead to manage this scourge and reverse the trend.
The meeting, will focus on the important topics in paediatric dentistry, and will concentrate on oral health for the African child and strategies on its management. The program will include keynote speakers, invited local and international speakers, panel discussions, hands-on sessions, poster presentations and industry displayed exhibitions.
The emphasis of the meeting will be centered on prevention of dental caries, as this is currently the leading dental disease in the region, and children suffering from dental caries are subjected to untold pains, anxiety, lack of sleep and missed school classes, among others. Consequently, a panel of distinguish speakers will cover different aspects of caries prevention and management in children.
The meeting will start with the focus on the importance of ECC and its prevention. Decay not only causes pain and loss of school time, but also psychologically traumatizes the young child. Our panel of distinguished speakers will cover most aspects on prevention and treatment of this debilitating disease on.
Behaviour Management of the child patient is a challenge for many clinicians. Our world leaders will discuss the methods of overcoming this barrier.
When treating the apprehensive child, the clinician requires various options in controlling Pain and Fear. We are fortunate to have world authorities who will guide us how to treat the child in a pain free and stress free environment.
The sessions above will end with a look at the pros and cons of Sedative Methods available for the apprehensive child.
These sessions will be followed by speakers on the latest advances in Dental Biomaterials as well as treatment of pulpal disease in children. How the development can improve Aesthetics, a major ball player in our life today. Our distinguished panel will discuss the challenges we face and problems that can be addressed early on to help give the child great self-esteem.
Unfortunately, the incidence of Child Abuse and Dental Trauma is on the rise. Our expert panel will help us recognize abuse and trauma and will provide useful guidelines in how to report abuse to the authorities. The meeting will also have key speakers on Cleft Lip and Palate, and the unforgotten area of Infant Oral Mutilation, a common problem in the East African region.
The meeting finale will be an open session where the panel will debate the latest techniques and answer questions from the floor.
This is an opportunity for you to take a trip to Kenya, a country of contrast and of the world champions in long distance running. From the highest mountain peak of Kilimanjaro on its southern border with Tanzania to the snow capped Mt. Kenya in central Kenya, you will experience the rainy tropical forest, the great Rift valley and the expansive savannah grassland of the Maasai Mara with its exotic wildlife, to the west. The South East of Kenya will spoil you with its sparkling sandy beaches of Mombasa.
Welcome to Kenya, the land of contrast.
|Dr. Nicholas Gichu |
Kenya Association of Paediatric Dentists
& Scientific Committee – Regional Meeting in Nairobi
Prof. Arthur Kemoli