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Venue : 8th to 10th June 2018 at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village

Important dates :

  • Registration opens 15 March 2018
  • Abstract submission opens:19 March 2018
  • Abstract submission ends : 30 April 2018
  • Regular Registration ends : 15 May 2018

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Requirement for registration you must pay registration fees at ARCDS Bank account Number : 040-00202971-80 for USD 040-00462085-10 for FRW. Both account opened in Bank of Kigali.

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Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life. It is a state of being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial wellbeing. Risk factors for oral diseases include unhealthy diet, tobacco use, harmful alcohol use, and poor oral hygiene.

The African continent has been a dire need for qualified dental professionals to provide effective leadership for oral health at continent, regional and national levels to positively impact on the oral health of its rural and urban populations.

Oral health is not considered as a priority in many African health sector strategic plans. Lack human and material resources further compound the situation
The prevalence of oral diseases is increasing in low- and middle-income countries as well as in Rwanda, and in all districts ; the oral disease burden is significantly higher among poor and disadvantaged population groups.

Considering previous research, oral health diseases constitute a public health issue countrywide and need urgent action to address such critical problem.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading disease burden worldwide and are responsible for the death of more than 36 million people each year.

In recognition of the importance of NCDs, the United Nations (UN) High-level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases made a significant Political Declaration in September 2011 stating in particular “that renal, oral and eye diseases pose a major health burden for many countries and that these diseases share common risk factors and can benefit from common responses to non-communicable diseases”.

The impact of oral diseases is considerable in terms of pain, impairment of function, reduced quality of life and cost of treatment.

Common risk factors for NCDs including oral diseases are unhealthy diet, such as excessive intake of sugars and acidic foods, tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption. These are significantly influenced by social determinants.

There is an increasing body of evidence demonstrating links between oral diseases and other NCDs, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain forms of cancer and respiratory diseases.

In 2015 tooth and gum diseases were ranked the number one cause of morbidity in District hospitals accounting for 141,979 outpatient consultations. In health centers tooth and gum diseases were ranked the 7th highest cause of morbidity in health centers accounting for 390,618 outpatient visits. Studies done in 2017 shown that Dental caries, periodontal diseases, tooth loss were predominant with 80% of our population and the following are possible roots causes :

  • Lack of population awareness on oral health and other related diseases.
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Insufficient or absence of dental health facilities, adequate equipments and qualified personnel from health centers up to provincial hospitals.
  • Lack of oral health policies and strategies where oral public health issues are considered as priority.
  • Lack of primary oral health care countrywide

Studies suggested that Oral health education and prevention should be a priority and integrated into curriculum from primary school and in the training manual of community health workers. The Ministry of Health should also update the Oral health policy and strategies and ensure they are implemented countrywide.

The Rwanda Association of Dental Surgeons found it necessary to host the PANAFRICAN DENTAL CONFERENCE bring together African Oral Health Professionals to share the best practices in the prevention and management of Oral Disease on the continent.


The overall objective of this scientific conference is to improve knowledge and competencies of Dental Surgeons and conference participants, on issues regarding Oral Health in the Continent.

Specific objectives :

  • Defining and advocating for the African Oral Health Policy
  • Share best practices in Mapping and Quantification of Disease Burden
  • Reinforce skills and competencies in the management of other pathologies like tooth wears (erosion, abrasion), oral cancer/ pre-cancer, mucosal infections and diseases, developmental disorders, craniofacial anomalies, injury and trauma
  • Raise professionals’ awareness on oral disease prevention and management
  • Share Best Practices for evidence based Oral Health care Delivery


The Conference will attract the following categories of Health Professionals totaling to 500 participants :

  • Dental Surgeons
  • Dental and Medical Specialists
  • General practitioners
  • Medical students
  • Other health professionals (Nurses, Allied professionals, Pharmacists…)
  • Civil society organizations ( women’s associations)


The Conference is scheduled from 8th to 10th June 2018 at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village.

For any query you can call us on Mobile telephone +250 788 511 234 or send e-mail to muhadely@gmail.com

Dr. Muhigana Adelaide
President of Rwanda Dental Surgeon Association


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