Dr SM Balaji represents the Academy of Dentistry International at the 3rd Global NCD Alliance Forum in Sharjah

The 3rd Global NCD (Noncommunicable Diseases) Alliance Forum held in Sharjah

The 3rd Global NCD Alliance (NCDA) Forum was held recently in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. This forum was organized by the NCDA in association with the Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), which was the local host body.

The Forum was held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Muhammad Al-Qasimi, Founder and Patron of FoCP and wife of the ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi.

The NCDA was formed to raise awareness about noncommunicable diseases, which are the biggest challenge facing medicine and dentistry today. Diabetes and dental caries are two global pandemics that are rampant and widespread across every strata of society. This alliance aims to bring the world’s biggest healthcare organisations under one umbrella to battle such diseases.

Dr SM Balaji and others discussing ways to promote awareness of noncommunicable diseases at the SEARO Alliance meeting in Sharjah
Dr SM Balaji and others discussing ways to promote awareness of noncommunicable diseases at the SEARO Alliance meeting in Sharjah

Dr SM Balaji as Academy of Dentistry International (ADI) representative at the forum

Dr SM Balaji represented the ADI at the forum as a member of the Executive Council, ADI and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Oral Health (JGOH), which is the official publication of the ADI. The JGOH is an initiative that seeks to highlight the devastation caused by NCDs on populations and to help guide policy decisions in this regard.

The SEARO(Southeast Asian Regional Office-World Health Organization) Alliance meeting was also conducted in Sharjah. Participation was robust with representatives from all member nations contributing information about ongoing development projects and plans for the future in their respective regions. Dr SM Balaji was elected as Secretary of the SEARO at this year’s meeting.

Dr SM Balaji and delegates from the Southeast Asian Regional Office (SEARO) nations at the conclusion of the SEARO meeting
Dr SM Balaji and delegates from the Southeast Asian Regional Office (SEARO) nations at the conclusion of the SEARO meeting

Dr SM Balaji meets with the Executive Directors of Global Organisations

Dr SM Balaji met with Dr Christopher Fox, Executive Director, International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and Dr Enzo Bondioni, Executive Director, World Dental Federation (FDI) at the Global NCDA forum. He also met with Dr Jean-Luc Eisele, Executive Director, World Heart Federation.

The Chairperson of the Organizing Committee with Dr SM Balaji, Dr Enzo Bondioni, Executive Director, FDI and Dr Christopher Fox, Executive Director, IADR
The Chairperson of the Organizing Committee with Dr SM Balaji, Dr Enzo Bondioni, Executive Director, FDI and Dr Christopher Fox, Executive Director, IADR
Dr SM Balaji with Dr Jean-Luc Eisele, Executive Director, World Heart Foundation and others at the NCDA Forum in Sharjah
Dr SM Balaji with Dr Jean-Luc Eisele, Executive Director, World Heart Foundation and others at the NCDA Forum in Sharjah

Their discussions revolved around the increasing evidence linking good oral health and a healthy heart. They discussed the importance of a joint effort towards tackling the biggest health issues that faced mankind today in the form of noncommunicable diseases.

Dr SM Balaji with Mr Neal Kovach, Division Vice President, Global Market Strategy, American College of Cardiology and others at the conclusion of the NCDA Forum
Dr SM Balaji with Mr Neal Kovach, Division Vice President, Global Market Strategy, American College of Cardiology and others at the conclusion of the NCDA Forum
Dr SM Balaji with a delegate from the Fiji islands at the conclusion of the NCDA Forum in Sharjah
Dr SM Balaji with a delegate from the Fiji islands at the conclusion of the NCDA Forum in Sharjah

A meeting with Mr Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter at the Sharjah forum

Dr SM Balaji also met Ms Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter of the legendary former South African President, Mr Nelson Mandela. He expressed his admiration for her grandfather and said that he is an inspiration to the whole world as a leader who changed the lives of millions of people.

Ms Mandela is a cancer survivor and was a special invitee of the Founder and Patron of FoCP. She spoke at the forum about her battle against the dreaded disease and the obstacles that had to be overcome during that difficult period. She stressed on the need to fill in the lacunae that exist regarding awareness about the causes of cancer in the poorer regions of the world.

Dr SM Balaji with Ms Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter of Mr Nelson Mandela and cancer survivor who spoke at the forum about cancer
Dr SM Balaji with Ms Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter of Mr Nelson Mandela and cancer survivor who spoke at the forum about cancer

Dr SM Balaji visits the University of Sharjah Medical School

Dr SM Balaji was invited to visit the medical school of the University of Sharjah. He had a lengthy interaction with the students who quizzed him about his passion for Cranio-maxillofacial Surgery. He motivated them to focus on their career while also reminding them about the service oriented nature of the profession.

Dr SM Balaji presented them with his ‘Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,’ which was greatly appreciated by the students.

Dr SM Balaji presented them with his ‘Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,’ which was greatly appreciated by the students.

We are dedicated to giving each of our patients the healthy smile they deserve!

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