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President’s Message

President PPA – 2020
Professor Dr. Hina Zafar Raja

It is a moment of great pleasure for me to introduce the first Annual Newsletter of Pakistan Prosthodontics Association in the year 2020. The goal of our Association is to augment the position of Prosthodontics from Pakistan within country as well as globally. The executive committee of Pakistan Prosthodontics Association works tirelessly under the kind and able supervision of our founder members. Designated focal persons from all over Pakistan as well as abroad are working actively to disseminate information from association to the practitioners within their respective areas. They are also communicating their local academic needs to the association for an effective response.

Official website of Pakistan Prosthodontics Association is upgraded from Wordpress CMS to Camaleon CMS. Contact information of all recognized prosthodontist within country is collected and uploaded on official website as the Directory of Prosthodontics of Pakistan. This will not only enhance their professional development, but it shall also be helpful for the general public to access treatment from a qualified specialist working in their region.

As an organization PPA aims to keep pace with the developing research culture as well as improvement in clinical skill through out the country. Since the beginning of the 2020-2021 tenure, PPA promoted the “The Research Outreach Program”. Monthly research and clinical symposiums as well as workshops were held in different cities like Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Sialkot and Lahore, to bring the awareness about the principles governing their execution.

In March 2020, Covid-19 pandemic, lead to regression of educational activities countrywide. Even during these difficult, unprecedented times, the leadership of this organization was determined to continue its mission of dissemination of skills and knowledge to dentists. Therefore, virtual training courses and webinars were organized and conducted, with the aim to provide dentists with comprehensive knowledge particularly on evidence based research. Skill based learning exercises were also conducted hand in hand with interactive webinars held over the course of months.

PPA aims to fulfil the dreams of its founders. The 2018 collaboration of PPA with Asian Academy of Prosthodontics has progressed more, as PPA participated, as an executive member in the Asian Academy of Prosthodontics Virtual meet 2020 with a huge number of registrations. This led to an honourable image of Pakistan amongst the galaxy of more than 12 countries.

As 2020 draws near its end, PPA continues to spread knowledge. We aim to create incentives for young researchers to bring their work forward, get their work published and collaborate with international organizations to make our mark in global dentistry. We intend to continue the professional trainings and bring international speakers to Pakistan to share their knowledge and intel.

We have and will continue to work determinedly towards strengthening the future of dentistry of Pakistan in the whole world.

Best Wishes,

Professor Dr. Hina Zafar Raja
President PPA
President PADR

B.D.S, F.C.P.S (Pak), MSc (Hons. UK)
Professor of Prosthodontics
CMH Institute of Dentistry, Lahore.
Email: hinazafarraja@gmail.com
Tel: +9203344222341