Penn Dental Medicine, Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders to Present Forum on WHO Resolution on Oral Health
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – CIGOH and AOHAB are collaborating to present a forum on the impact of the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly resolution, which recently called for the inclusion of oral health on the global health agenda. Penn Dental Medicine’s Center for Integrative Global Oral Health (CIGOH) and the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders (AOHAB) are collaborating to present a forum on how the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly resolution will affect oral health around the world. During the virtual event, which will take place on July 14 from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. (ET), Dr. Benoit Varenne, the World Health Organization’s Chief Dental Officer, will deliver a keynote speech on the significance of this worldwide resolution. Dr. Christopher Fox, Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR)/American Association for Dental Research (AADR), and Enzo Bondioni, Executive Director of the FDI World Dental Federation, will serve as moderators and responders to the discussion. Dr. Christopher Fox is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR)/American Association for Dental Research (AADR).
”It is wonderful to see the World Health Assembly take this step to recognize on a worldwide basis the critical role that oral health plays in overall health,” says Dr. Mark S. Wolff, the Morton Amsterdam Dean of Penn Dental Medicine and a member of the Advisory Committee to the AOHAB Board. Given the global prevalence of oral diseases and their relationship to other health conditions, the resolution calls on member countries to address the risk factors for oral health that are shared with other noncommunicable diseases in order to improve the ability of oral health professionals to provide care. A emphasis on prevention is also recommended, including the promotion of oral health within the family, schools, and workplaces as well as the inclusion of oral health care in universal, primary health-care systems (such as Medicaid).
The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, passed this resolution, which directed WHO to develop a draft global strategy on tackling oral diseases by 2022, and to translate that strategy into an action plan for global oral health by 2023, according to the World Health Organization.