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

Multi-stakeholder workshop on phasing down amalgam in China held in Beijing

china-meeting-10-15-16On October 25, 2016, representatives from All-China Environment Federation (ACEF), World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry (WAMFD), Asian Center on Environmental Health (ASEH), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Ministry of Environmental Protection’s Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO,MEP), Solid Waste and Chemicals Management Center  of Ministry of Environmental Protection, Peking University School of Stomatology, Jiacui Environmental Promotive Center as well as dental specialists from local hospitals and district-level clinics gathered at Beijing for “Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Phasing Down Dental Amalgam in China.” The workshop was jointly hosted by ACEF, WAMFD and ASEH. Ms. Xie Yuhong, Deputy Secretary General of ACEF, Dr. Charlie Brown, President of WAMFD gave opening remarks for the Workshop.  Continue reading

Step toward phasing out use of amalgam in Pakistan’s hospitals

Pakistan meetingAnother step has been taken toward phasing out the use of mercury – including dental amalgam –in hospitals in Pakistan.  Last Monday, the Ministry of Climate Change assembled a group of stakeholders to discuss to what measures need to be taken.  Chaired by Ministry of Climate Change Joint Secretary Iftikharul Hassan Gilani, participants included representatives from the ministry of health and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).  The press reported that “It was agreed upon in the meeting that the mercury base dental amalgam fillings will soon be phased out.” Continue reading