Global Engagement
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developing globally oriented leaders

case 2: the alliance for oral health across borders

On August 3, 2011, 41 dental schools and organizations signed a Charter to create the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders. (

The Alliance is committed to promoting peace and well-being through oral health by building bridges among dental and health professionals around the world, especially in areas of conflict.

The Alliance work’s to achieve the following goals:

  • Promote peace through oral health as part of total health and reduction of disparities,
  • Improve oral health by nurturing engagements among health professionals in order to develop an understanding of the myriad of social, political, and other causes of conflicts,
  • Develop leadership and advocacy programs to promote peace and well-being through oral health,
  • Provide dental students and educators with opportunities for exchange, ultimately familiarizing them with state-of-the-art technology and science in all disciplines of dentistry throughout different parts of the world,
  • Promote and facilitate international collaborative research among participants of the Alliance.

Dr Tom Kennie has been supporting the Alliance through the delivery of a leadership development programme for Young Ambassadors. Further details are available here.