Pakistani provinces issue advisory notes against amalgam use in children under age 15

Success was the outcome of Dr. Mahmood Khwaja of Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)’s campaign for mercury-free dentistry in Pakistan.

The Directorate General Health Services for the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) in Pakistan issued an advisory note, entitled, “Advisory Note to Avoid/Restrict Mercury Dental Amalgam Fillings for Children (below the age of 15 years) in KPK, to safeguard their health at their very early age” (notification No. 2405-70 dated 10 July 2018).   Continue reading

Bangladesh Dental Society calls for amalgam phase out in the treatment of children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers by June 2018

The Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) in association with Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS) organized a press briefing on March 10, 2018, where BDS declared “Mercury dental amalgam should not be used in the treatment of pregnant women, nursing mother and children after June, 2018.”   Continue reading

NGO appeals to government for mercury-free healthcare in India

Toxics Link, a leading environmental NGO, has appealed to the Indian government to issue a blanket ban on the use of mercury in the healthcare sector – including dentistry.

As quoted in the press, Toxics Link Associate Director Satish Sinha said, “There is an urgent need to rollout a robust public awareness campaign to educate consumers and healthcare workers, including addressing disposal of mercury waste. Toxics Link urges the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to institute a blanket ban on the use of mercury in the health sector and to facilitate the movement towards safer alternatives.”  Continue reading

Meeting to revise Bangladeshi dental school curriculum

On 12 January, 2017, Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) and Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS), in association with Asian Center for Environmental Health and World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry, organized a round-table meeting on “Dental College Curriculum Revision and Adoption” in Dhaka with dental professionals who are involved in dental college curriculum revision.  Continue reading