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FDI explained that this report aims to assist the profession in realising the delivery of optimal oral healthcare to all—with no person left behind. (Image: FDI World Dental Federation)

FDI shares vision of oral healthcare delivery until 2030

By FDI World Dental Federation
January 21, 2021

GENEVA, Switzerland: For 120 years, FDI World Dental Federation has focused its mission on the goal of improving oral health worldwide. In a recently published report, titled Vision 2030: Delivering Optimal Oral Health for All, the organisation shared how it plans to continue to go forward with that goal in the foreseeable future.

This forward-looking report outlines how the oral health community can tackle actual and anticipated transformational changes and trends in the global healthcare environment and seize opportunities to become productive members of a healthcare team which delivers person-centred care. The main message of FDI is that, by 2030, oral healthcare will be empowering, evidence-based, integrated and comprehensive.

Education has been identified as the foundation which needs to be strong in order to support all of the three pillars that represent desirable goals. (Image: FDI World Dental Federation)

The Vision 2030 report also emphasises the responsibility of individual oral healthcare professionals to maintain an appropriate level of competency throughout their professional lives and the necessity for them to shoulder a leadership role within the healthcare community and in society more widely.

Three pillars, each with a major goal, represent a strategy for education that will create a responsive and resilient profession with the knowledge and skills to lead systems reforms. According to FDI, education and training in public health will enable healthcare professionals to contribute more effectively to the population-wide prevention of oral disease. It will also enable them to play a central role in dealing with possible future public health emergencies similar to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Undoubtedly, the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 has had a major impact on oral health service delivery by limiting face-to-face contact with patients and the scope of care that can be delivered safely. According to the organisation, this has been a powerful reminder of the uncertain world in which we live and an example of why our profession must be adaptable and resilient. This report is intended to guide policy and advocacy efforts for the next decade, so it does not focus specifically on this pandemic. It does, however, consider what can be learned from this crisis and how the profession should evolve in order to be prepared for the next major health challenge, whatever that may be.

Furthermore, the report recognises that there will be country- and region-specific differences in the oral health challenges that are being faced as well as differences in health priorities and available resources. Hence, there cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach. It will be for individual countries to interpret the recommendations in this report based on their own circumstances.

FDI said that regular updates at intervals based on local and global requirements, on emerging health issues and on achievement of key performance indicators are intended. However, these are not intended to be prescriptive but instead to provide guidance contingent on local needs, conditions and circumstances.

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