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Oral Health as Part of the Universal Health Care Agenda

Alexandria, VA – The Presidential Symposium, organized by IADR President Brian O’Connell, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland is analyzing the 2021 World Health Assembly resolution WHA74.5. The Presidential Symposium will be presented at the 101st General Session of the IADR, which will be held in conjunction with the 9th Meeting of the Latin American Region and the 12th World Congress on Preventive Dentistry on June 21-24, 2023, in Bogotá, Colombia.

The 2021 World Health Assembly resolution WHA74.5 recognized that oral health should be part of the non-communicable disease, and universal health care, agendas. The resultant strategy and draft oral health action plan aim to implement these agendas by 2030. One of the six strategic objectives of the draft plan is to develop oral health research programs in member states that are context-and need-specific, thus supporting evidence-informed practice guidelines. The goal is for at least 20% of countries to have national oral health research agendas that focus on public health and population-based interventions by 2030. Actions will include building alliances with public, academic, and private sector stakeholders, promoting participatory research that involves diverse and vulnerable populations, and building an evidence base to tackle under-investigated oral diseases. 

The Presidential Symposium will explore the needs of different countries in forming their research agendas, and how countries might work together most effectively. It will include the following presentations: 

  • “Needs and Challenges for Oral Health Research in Central and South America” by Carol Guarnizo-Herreno, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá
  •  “Needs and Challenges for Oral Health Research in South and Southeast Asia” by Manu Raj Mathur, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi 
  •  “Strengthening the Oral Health Action Plan and Implementation Through Research” by Dympna Kavanagh, Department of Health, Dublin, Ireland

“IADR Presidential Symposium: Global Oral Health: Defining the Research Agenda” will take place on Wednesday, June 21 at 3 p.m. COT (UTC-05:00).

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