Tuesday, July 01, 2003 | By CDP Inc.
The CDP inaugural convention was hosted at the all inclusive Jolly Beach Resort in Antigua from 16th to 20th June 2003. The venue for this programme materialised after problems occurred with a planned Caribbean Atlantic Regional Dental Association (CARDA) meeting which was due to be hosted in Jamaica. It was thereafter decided that the meeting which was conceptualised and arranged by Dr. Eastmond could no longer be hosted under the banner of CARDA and Dr. SenGupta agreed to assist with the hosting of the convention in Antigua under a newly conceptualised banner of Caribbean Dental Program Ltd., a company registered in Antigua by both directors (Drs. SenGupta and Eastmond) who Co-Chaired the convention.
The initiative was taken to invite representatives from all of the English speaking Caribbean countries to attend and meet with representatives of the University of the West Indies. The minutes of that meeting (below) ratified proactive resolutions that were adopted to improve the status of dentistry prior to the implementation of the Caribbean Single Market & Economy (CSME) in 2004. Delegates who attended that meeting hoped that the CARICOM Health Desk must share a pivotal role in making the adopted proposals a reality in ensuring that the free movement of Caribbean dental personnel become a priority. These resolutions should therefore become an agenda item at future CARICOM meetings and assist with implementing proposals to the benefit of our population. Hopefully, respective Ministers/Ministries of Health, Heads of Governments, Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and other agencies that can/will assist in achieving these goals of public safety, accreditation, standardisation of dental professions and the implementation of a Caribbean Dental Council will assist in undertaking and supervising the programme to ensure the required goals are achieved.
CDP facilitated two meetings at this Inaugural Convention:
A meeting with members of the Regional Dental Councils, Regional Dental Associations and the University of the West Indies.
A meeting was with Regional Dental Hygienists and the Canadian Hygienist Association in an effort to form a Caribbean Auxiliary and/or Hygienists’ Association.
The convention also had presentations for all members of the profession with Anita Jupp & Ms. Sandra Slauenwhite lecturing on Practice Management; Drs. SenGupta and Fergusson lecturing on Implants and performing live surgery to demonstrate bone grafting and sinus lift techniques; Public Health by Drs. Eastmond, Pickstock and Joannes; Orthodontics with Dr. Ronald Ramsay; Periodontology by Dr. Alison Mayers; Conservative Dentistry by Dr. William Smith; Dental Hygiene by Mrs. Marie Harvey; Medico-Legal aspects with Dr. Nancy Boodhoo and Ms. Sarah Bradbury; Technical aspects by Mr. Anas Raffoul; Endodontics by Dr. Raj Kumar Jammula; Radiography by Dr. Eastmond and Anaesthetics by Dr. Sen.
The conference was opened by Sir James Carlisle, Governor General of Antigua & Barbuda who was also a dentist.