ADA expresses support for Morocco following earthquake

High magnitude quake left thousands dead

The ADA is expressing support for the Moroccan Dental Association following a massive earthquake that struck the country Sept. 8 and is encouraging members to donate to the relief effort.

The 6.8-magnitude earthquake took place in the High Atlas Mountains, devastating the nearby city of Marrakesh and killing more than 2,900 people. It marks the North African country’s deadliest earthquake since 1960, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

In a letter addressed to the Moroccan Dental Association/Amicale des Médecins Dentistes, ADA President George R. Shepley, D.D.S., offered condolences to the people of Morocco in the wake of the national disaster, promising to support fundraising efforts by calling on ADA members to donate or spread the word.

“Times of great need create important opportunities for FDI members to come together,” the ADA letter reads. “The FDI is a conduit of goodwill and support in difficult times, and for this we are grateful. Your colleagues in the United States send you our brightest hopes for a swift recovery.”

The letter follows a statement from the Amicale des Médecins Dentistes to the FDI World Dental Federation outlining a plan of action and request for donations. In the statement, the Amicale des Médecins Dentistes indicated that it intends to collaborate with the supervisory ministry to organize a blood drive as well as to provide financial aid to affected citizens.

Those interested in donating may transfer funds to the AMD bank account:

007 450 0005982000302901 01

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