Introduction Minimata convention The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds. This Convention was a result of three years of meetings and negotiations, after which the text of the Convention was signed by delegates from 140 countries on 19 January 2013. The Convention is named after the Japanese city Minimata. This naming is of symbolic importance as the city went through

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RE:  47 NGOs from Africa, Asia, and Africa ask you to recommend a ban on dental amalgam exports 
Support banning dental amalgam exports from the EU

Nordic countries experienced some initial resistance from the dental industry and this was largely because they were:
1. Unaware of the environmental impacts of mercury from amalgam, and the social benefits of reducing mercury emissions.
2. Reluctant to invest in new equipment required to reduce mercury pollution or to support mercury-free fillings.
3. Unconvinced of the durability of alternative filling materials.
4. Inconsistent with their skills and knowledge in applying mercury-free. techniques. @Health Care without Harm (HCWH) Europe

  1. Environmental pollution is responsible for 35 % of human diseases in Sub Saharan Africa compared to 25% worldwide (NEP/WHO health and environment interactions).
  2. Africa has poor infrastructure for managing wastes generally and mercury wastes in particular.
Africa Shall Be the 1st Continent To Phase Out Amalgam The West African Summit on Phasing Out Amalgam was held in Abuja on 20 May 2014, bringing together NGO leaders from the ECOWAS nations of Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal, plus also from Tanzania. They adopted the Abuja Declaration, then invited NGO leaders from across Africa to join as signatories. Cognisant of the fact that mercury, which is used in dental amalgam, is a restorative material that is approximately 50% elemental mercury,1 and is a notorious heavy metal of global concern that is known to be a potent poison of the human nervous system.2

Mercury Free Dentistry Seminar & Curriculum Update Workshop, July 24th 2019, Abuja, Nigeria

Activities completed in 2019

The following activities were completed in 2019 in partnership with the Nigerian Dental Association:

The African region has put her weight behind a proposal that seek an amendment to Annex A to the Minamata Convention on Mercury by moving dental amalgam from Part ll to Part l of Annex A. Besides, the region has also said it needs more financial support to implement its obligation under the Convention particularly in introducing alternatives to the use of mercury in artisanal and small scale gold mining which is a common practice across the continent.

Highlight: Environmental and human health impact of mercury in dental amalgam Caries Management Pathways Caries activity and risk assessment Caries Management by risk assessment ICDAS-ICCMS caries management pathway Minimum Intervention Dentistry in General Dental Practice (Brostek and Walsh)
Highlights: Use of composite materials for restorations Dr. Faycal Iratni GC Corp Europe, Headquarters Belgium Layering Techniques in conservative dentistry – Dr. Faycal Iratni GC Corp Europe, Headquarters Belgium Mercury Free Dentistry Hands on Workshop – GC Corporation Europe Headquarters Master trainer