Benoit Varenne is leading WHO’s work on the global oral health agenda as Dental Officer in the Noncommunicable Disease (NCDs) Department, World Health Organization (WHO). Before joining WHO HQ, Geneva, Benoit was the Regional Advisor for Oral Health in the WHO African region. In prior years, Benoit worked as a public health consultant for several years, as a consultant for WHO in the Eastern Mediterranean region and worked closely with numerous NGOs and other international health organizations. He has assisted ministries of health and health care policymakers in several parts of the world with a special focus on low-income settings.
Recently Benoit led the development of the upcoming WHO Global oral health status report, the draft global oral health action plan 2023-2030 and the WHO global strategy on oral health following the Resolution on oral health adopted by 74th session of the World Health Assembly and the WHO/ITU Mobile technologies for oral health: an implementation guide. In 2020, He coordinated the interim guidance “Considerations for the provision of essential oral health services in the context of COVID-19” as well as a WHO publication entitled “Ending childhood dental caries “. In 2016, he coordinated a collective WHO manual “Promoting Oral Health in Africa” as well as a new oral health policy for the African region “Regional oral health strategy 2016-2025: addressing oral diseases as part of NCDs”.
Benoit graduated in medical dentistry at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France, and holds a PhD in Public Health and Epidemiology from University of Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris VI). In addition to France, Benoit has studied in community health at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.