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|ADI President's Message|
From the very start, I would like to place an emphasis on who is ADI, not what is ADI. I would like to know and develop who my companions are in the oral health playground of the entire world. As your new captain, I would like to play the very serious game called “Oral Health for All” according to the rules written in the Book of Social Responsibility with an experienced team of dedicated professionals skilled in delivering health care to those in need worldwide.
Since I became part of this Academy, I have had the honor to induct many of you into fellowship. I have been most impressed by your background and dedication, and many times, in my quiet moments, I have thought that I am the one in the wrong place. However, it has been exactly in these moments that the spirit of “we” has grown most in myself, and I have realized that if these thoughts prevail in all of us and within the teams we are part of, no vision could ever be far enough, and no mission could ever be declared impossible.
The new definition of oral health by the FDI, World Dental Federation, puts an emphasis on oral health as the key to good overall general health. But as I just I witnessed during my latest travels through Africa, there are areas where one dentist is responsible for the oral health of more than one million people. This confounds the efforts to provide proper, timely and sustainable healthcare of any kind to these people.
So, welcome to the new era of communication at light speed and devices that think faster than a human brain ever could. In the twenty-first century, we have the chance to be supported by internet communication technologies (ICT) and artificial intelligence (AI) to have an impact on patient literacy, awareness of the benefit of oral health, and quality care of patients in a safe environment. Will the vision to lead the world to optimal oral health be realized by substituting highly qualified, experienced and responsible human professionals with “intelligent” devices and technologies? My answer is a resounding NO! These devices are merely tools for our service. Social responsibility cannot be such if healthcare delivery is relegated to a pure technology and artificial intelligence, because it lacks the highest principle of intelligence: ethics.
But through you, my esteemed fellows, we have the ability to make the ADI slogan, “Sharing Knowledge – Serving People,” a precious and meaningful rally call. Nothing is missing here to build successes in a world where more than 7.5 billion people should have the privilege and the right and opportunity to receive healthcare. When these opportunities are missing, we can become the sentinel doctors in the prevention of non-communicable diseases and the pioneers in disease prevention through the medicine of oral health promotion, and we get a chance to make a very significant contribution. As stated by former World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan in 2012, “we have the chance to push the door open to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal # 10, Reduce Inequalities.”
WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
I wish you interesting reading of our JADI and all the best for the upcoming season and the new year.
Gerhard Konrad Seeberger