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Landmark resolution: Oral health back on global agenda

By Rajeev Chitguppi, Dental Tribune South Asia
May 28, 2021

The 74th World Health Assembly (WHA74) has approved the landmark resolution on putting oral health back on the global agenda.

The Executive Board, having considered the report on oral health: achieving better oral health as part of the universal health coverage and non-communicable disease agendas towards 2030, recommended to the 74th World Health Assembly the adoption of a resolution to work together on integrated strategies that prevent oral diseases and non-communicable diseases to secure "health for all" achieving "universal health coverage" and global oral health through Vision 2030.

The WHA74 is going on right now from 24 May to 1 June 2021, happening virtually in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The theme is "Ending this pandemic, preventing the next: building together a healthier, safer, and fairer world."

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said "Oral health has been overlooked for a very long time on the global health agenda."

The Vision 2030 report focuses on actual and anticipated transformational changes and trends in the global healthcare environment that will affect our profession and provides strategies for the inclusion of our profession and oral healthcare professionals as integral members within the emerging person-centered healthcare team.

  1. Delineates major global opportunities and challenges facing the oral health profession over the next decade;
  2. Presents approaches and solutions;
  3. Addresses issues pertinent to the oral healthcare profession;
  4. Supports and complements other major global health and development agendas, including the SDGs; the non-communicable disease (NCD) movement; UHC, and global ageing;
  5. Argues for effective population-level prevention and emphasizes the importance of professional resilience;
  6. Advocates for the delivery of oral healthcare and oral healthcare professionals as active members of the overall healthcare team; and
  7. Assists FDI and its member organizations in shaping longer-term advocacy strategies and policies.

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