At the United Nations High-level Meeting on Universal Health Care in September 2019, oral health was officially acknowledged as being a part of the Universal Health Care Agenda. The FDI has recognised its key role in ensuring oral health is integral into UHC strategies and packages at the country level and so has published their Vision 2030: Delivering Optimal Oral Health for All report. In this report the FDI has outlined the challenges that face the dental and oral health community over the coming decade.
The FDI highlighted in the report the need for work with other public health advocacy groups to gather the evidence and recognition to support a closer alignment of oral and general health issues in a call for unified action. The ACFF is now delighted to be working even closer with the FDI than previously in order to achieve this aim and improve global oral health.
As part of this alignment, the FDI has offered the ACFF a new permanent slot at the FDI Annual Conference in their scientific programme. This is an amazing opportunity for the ACFF and is a great reflection of how the ACFF’s and the FDI’s objectives support one another in working towards a healthier future.
This means that we will each year be able to plan and host a session as part of the FDI Programme, which will be accessible to all FDI conference participants. The ACFF session will be used to highlight issues central to the battle against caries, and will draw together world leading speakers to educate and encourage the dental community. This year (2021), Nigel Pitts will also be presenting a further two lectures within the scientific programme, which we highly recommend you include within your conference agenda.