SDHS 1st International Online Conference
Within the programmes of the Saudi Dental Hygiene Society for professional development, and in compliance with the precautionary measures through the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Society held its first international online conference for dental hygienists from the 18th to the 21st of June 2020.
Many interesting topics were tackled in the conference programme regarding the development of the dental hygiene profession as well as its practitioners in the kingdom. Furthermore, the latest updates concerning the COVID-19 pandemic were presented and discussed. The program also included several distinguished researches that were presented by newly graduated practitioners.
Elite speakers from the United States, Portugal, Britain, Switzerland, and other countries have participated in the conference in addition to well-known names from the Kingdom, which strengthened the conference with diversity and enrichment.
384 participants have attended the conference. Attendance included both members and non-members in addition to those who are interested in the field from other disciplines inside and outside the Kingdom.
At the end of the conference, the society's board of directors extended their appreciation to the speakers, participants, and attendees for their informative contribution throughout the conference.
It is noteworthy that the conference received widespread interest from practitioners from inside and outside the Kingdom for being the first of its kind in the region, in addition to the remarkable topics addressed throughout the conference.
On another note, the Saudi Dental Hygiene Society in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a non-profit health society whose board of directors was elected early in 2019. Since the election, the board of directors has been working to expand the circle of the society's relations with similar and related bodies (Societies, Universities, and Institutions) by signing agreements and making partnerships. It should be noted here that the society had successfully signed agreements with the Emirate Dental Hygiene Club and the Saudi Prosthodontic Society. The society is currently working on establishing partnerships with other bodies. However, the society aims, through various partnerships, to develop the field of oral and dental health and care, raise awareness about the field of oral and dental health and care, promote and improve the oral and dental health of the society, and support and encourage scientific research in oral and dental health and care.
It is noteworthy that the society is concerned with the representation and support of dental hygienists by enabling them to scientifically and professionally develop through holding conferences, presenting scientific seminars and workshops, and supporting scientific research. The society also seeks to enhance the quality of dental services and public health by establishing and strengthening the role of oral and dental health in the primary health care system.