Over the past weeks, we at RADA have been following the news from Ukraine with heavy hearts and great sadness. We, as representatives of medical professionals, strongly condemn the military aggression against the peaceful population and the atrocities committed against children, women, and the elderly. Our Association unites dental professionals and paraprofessionals from many nations who speak Russian language and who were born or whose ancestors were born in the former USSR and has absolutely no nexus or relation to either the current government of the Russian Federation or its policies. Our association unites people of multiple ethnic groups, be that Armenian, Azeri, Georgian, Jewish, Kazakh, Russian, Serbian, Tatar, Ukrainian, and many other nationalities, including refugees escaping from the current war. Knowledge of the language and common historical and cultural background of people from the former Soviet republics and nearby countries is just one of the components of the organization. Some of our members in fact do not even speak the language. The focus of the organization is to unite professionals in the Special Care for Special Needs project, to work with developmentally disabled individuals, to organize oral cancer screenings campaigns, and to provide continuing education for dental professionals.
The Board of Trustees of the Russian American Dental Association