FDI Committees, Programmatic and Associates Courses
UHC is a term that is often not well understood and there are many misconceptions associated with it, including being confused with socialized healthcare or health insurance schemes. UHC in fact encompasses the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines UHC as ensuring ‘all people have access to health services and do not suffer financial hardship paying for them’. With regards oral diseases this translates as ensuring: 1) integrated essential oral health services; 2) oral health workforces geared towards population health needs and the social determinants of health; 3) financial protection and expansion of fiscal space for oral healthcare.
Given that oral diseases affect half of the world’s population (3.58 billion people) and many of these people have no access to even basic and essential dental care. This session will debate the evidence, strategies and solutions that are essential to ensuring governments stop neglecting and marginalizing oral health.
In addition, the challenges and opportunities for integrating oral health into the emerging UHC policy agenda will be highlighted. The session will be key to ensuring the voice of the oral health community is heard in the run up to the United Nations High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) taking place on this topic on 26 September 2019.
Dr. Manu Mathur - "Barriers and Opportunities to Achieving UHC for Oral Health"
Dr. Orlando Monteiro da Silva - "Integrating Dentist into Primary Healthcare Clinics - The Portuguese Example"
Dr. Nermin Yamalik - "Interprofessional Education: Teaching Curricula and Skills that Serve the Needs of Populations"
Dr. Elham Kateeb - "Providing Basic Oral Healthcare for Displaced Persons"
Dr. Jane Grover - "Action for Dental Health Bill: Improving Access to Oral Healthcare Services in the USA"
Prof. Paula Moynihan- "Shared Risk Factors and Social Determinants for Oral Health and NCDs: Not Letting Research Gaps
Stand in the Way of Common Sense"
Ms Nina Renshaw - "The United Nations High - Level Meeting on UHC: Seizing an Opportunity to Position Oral Health"
Prof. Michael Glick - "Ensuring FDI’s Advocacy Road Map is Aligned with Needs: What’s the Call to Action for UHC in Vision 2030?"
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