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Global Child Dental Health Taskforce5 May 2006, PR55/06
Colgate-Palmolive recently celebrated its 200th Anniversary with a breakfast at the New York Stock Exchange and announced its special support for the Global Child Dental Health Taskforce, spearheaded by King's College London Dental Institute. Professor Raman Bedi, Director of the taskforce, was invited to attend as Colgate's guest.
Professor Bedi and Ian Cook, Colgate's Chief Executive announced to the NYSE that the King's taskforce was their gift to children worldwide. They then rang the bell to commence the day's trading.
The Global Dental Health Taskforce is supported by the World Health Organization and receives funding from national Governments. Professor Bedi's team at King's is at the forefront, assisting in the recruitment of national taskforces on how they can improve children's oral health. The initiative is currently working in 10 countries, including the UK, India, China, Mexico and South Africa and within 2 years will expand this to 30 countries. It aims to influence and harmonise the messages within national oral health programmes, reaching out to around 500 million children and their parents.
Professor Bedi said, 'King's is a world leader in dental education and it's a privilege to be spearheading such an important initiative. We're working with a number of different countries, all with different priorities, to help shape children's oral health services on an international scale.'
Notes to editorsKing's College London
King's College London is the fourth oldest university in England with more than 13,700 undergraduate students and nearly 5,600 graduate students in nine schools of study based at five London campuses. It is a member of the Russell Group: a coalition of the UK's major research-based universities. The College has had 24 of its subject-areas awarded the highest rating of 5* and 5 for research quality, demonstrating excellence at an international level, and it has recently received an excellent result in its audit by the Quality Assurance Agency.
King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, international relations, medicine and the sciences, and has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and is home to four Medical Research Council Centres – more than any other university.
King's is in the top group of UK universities for research earnings, with income from grants and contracts of more than £100 million, and has an annual turnover of more than £363 million.
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