Come 19 March 2017, Malaysia will see another chapter written in the history of oral health care services. The national launching of World Oral Health Day (WOHD) 2017 will be held at Perdana Park, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Truly, this is an international event, celebrated worldwide by countries who are members of the FDI World Dental Federation. In fact the theme, LIVE MOUTH SMART, shall be the common theme used by all these countries. FDI World Dental Federation is a non – governmental organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland, that represents over 1 million dentists worldwide through the membership of National Dental Associations (NDA) in some 150 countries. As a member of this prestigious organisation, the Malaysian Dental Association has a significant role to play in this largest global awareness campaign on oral health. Awareness campaign such as this is still deemed necessary as one of the main aspect of prevention.
What are the activities during the launching of WOHD Malaysia?
Malaysian Dental Association together with Oral Health Division of Ministry of Health Malaysia, Dental Services Malaysian Armed Forces and Dental Deans’ Council of Malaysia have partnered together to arrange a list activities on the 19 March 2017. Public from all walks of life are invited to the celebration and will be able to have free dental check-up on the state of the art bus-type mobile dental clinic prepared by the Oral Health Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia. Public education flyers, informative placards, dental - medical exhibition and various children educational activities have been arranged to impart knowledge while being entertained by live performances. WOHD T-shirt and Cap were designed and made to be wore by the guest of honour and organising committees on the day of the event.
WOHD 2017 Malaysia Facebook page has been created to share the information on the importance of oral health and our planned WOHD activities. Smile competition has been carried out on our Facebook page too. Apart from that, the WOHD organising team were interviewed by various press media to promote WOHD 2017 ( local dailies, radio stations and tv stations)World Oral Health Day (WOHD) 2017 by Malaysian Dental Association (MDA)
Written by: Organising Committee of WOHD 2017 (Malaysia)
MDA-WOHD Organising Chairperson: Dr Eileen Koh MY