International Partners in Health
Tanzanian President H.E. Jakaya M. Kikwete Speaks at NYUCD as Part of UN Event on Non-Communicable Diseases

President H.E. Jakaya M. Kikwete

Dr. Andrew I. Spielman, right, with President Kikwete

In September 2011, as part of the second United Nations Summit on health — the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases — the UN held a side event on oral health at the NYU College of Dentistry.

Entitled "Putting Teeth into NCDs: Encouraging Priority Actions for Non-Communicable Diseases," the event featured H.E. Jakaya Mirisho Kikwete, president of the United Republic of Tanzania (whose daughter is a dentist) and Ali Velshi, a CNN anchor and chief business correspondent for the network.

NYUCD's associate dean for academic affairs, Dr. Andrew I. Spielman, introduced President Kikwete, who stated in his opening address that "Often, oral health issues are overlooked…at the national and global stage; it is a sad reality that…oral health is not seriously recognized as a public health concern and deserving of serious attention."