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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

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Published Date: Jul 9, 2013

High Risk of Mercury Exposure to Public Health due to Mercury Amalgam Use in Dentistry in Pakistan (PB-34)

Mahmood A. Khwaja
Maryam Shabbir Abbasi


Dental mercury amalgam, also called silver filling or amalgam filling, is used
widely because it’s inexpensive, ease of use, and best settling material. Most
importantly, it is resin free, which makes it less allergic than composite
fillings. These fillings gave off mercury vapors and its amount depends upon
cavity size, tooth characteristics, composition, age of amalgam, time taken for
filling, the number of fillings, temperature of ingested food/drinking liquids
and the activities like chewing & grinding of teeth. (MERC Vermont 1998,
Intelligence Service 2012)

Mercury (Hg), the essential constituent of dental amalgam, is also known as
quick silver, is a toxic substance of global concern. A persistent pollutant,
Mercury is not limited to its source but it travels, on time thousands of
kilometers away from the source. Mercury poses risks to environment and human
health, especially the health of children. In September 2012, IUCN World Conservation
Congress (IUCN WCC-2012) adopted SDPI Motion (M-169) and called upon government
representatives of Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) to support a legally
binding treaty on Mercury with an objective to protect human health and the environment
from hazardous and toxic Mercury. In January 2013, 140 countries in Geneva adopted
a ground-breaking, world’s first legally binding treaty on mercury, to be
called “Minamata Convention on Mercury,” limiting the use and emission
of health-hazardous mercury. It shall be open for signatures at a diplomatic conference
in Japan, in October 2013 (UNEP 2013)……