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May 11, 2020
Dear WFO Colleagues,
Whichever part of the world you are in, the WFO Executive Committees’ thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.
The WFO, as the umbrella organisation for our speciality is deeply concerned about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on all our professional and personal lives. We express particular concern for our patients – young and old – who are desperately waiting for a sense of normality in order to continue their treatment.
This year is momentous for the WFO as it is our Silver Jubilee – 25 years from inauguration on 15th May 1995.
We had great plans to be launched at the worldwide meetings this spring – sadly cancelled. But we can and will go forward with World Orthodontic Health Day (WOHD).
We would encourage you all to celebrate, by digital/virtual observance, both the WOHD and the Silver Jubilee on 15th May.
Resources – for your use – have been created on the WFO website WOHD page and social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube):
1. WOHD and Silver Jubilee E posters to be downloaded in high resolution.
2. WOHD and Silver Jubilee Virtual Backdrops for online meetings and photo opportunities.
3. Digital Smile Flag templates for Affiliate Associations, Fellows, Educational Departments to be used for E Banners on websites, web promotions and social media.
Please post both on your social media and tag the World Federation of Orthodontists so your celebration may be shared with colleagues around the world.
We encourage the use of hashtags:
#theworlduntiteswhenpeoplesmile #WFO@25 #WFOSilverJubilee #WOHD2020
Please send images and screen shots of your WOHD activities to email@example.com.
We hope you will all join us to promote our wonderful speciality of orthodontics, the WFO and the WOHD.
Stay safe and healthy.
Allan R. Thom
President, World Federation of Orthodontists