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ADI Advocates to World Leaders and Civil Society during UN General Assembly Events

Posted By Stephanie Wilhelm, Tuesday, September 25, 2018

September 24 marks the start of a series of events when over 130 Heads of State and Government together with senior officials and parliamentarians gather in New York during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (#UNGA). On Thursday, 27 September, the UN will hold a one-day comprehensive review of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will be the third high-level meeting of the #UNGA on the issue.  The comprehensive review, also known as High Level Meeting 3 (#HLM3) will be attended by over 55 world leaders seeking to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 to reduce premature mortality by NCDs by over one third by 2030. NCDs account for seven times more deaths than infectious diseases and millions of people worldwide suffer disabilities resulting from NCDs.

 

Oral health is very frequently overlooked by governments as they fail to recognize that oral diseases are some of the most prevalent NCDs on the planet. 3.5 billion people suffer untreated oral diseases from which the indirect costs, such as time away from school and work, amount to more than US$140 billion per year, ranking the indirect costs of oral diseases among the top 10 causes of death.  There is a clear social gradient to the inequalities in oral health, and the social determinants for oral diseases are common to many other NCDs. Treatments for these NCDs and other conditions, for example cancer, will be compromised though poor nutrition consequent to poor oral function. Choking to death and inhalational pneumonia also are rooted in poor oral function and a compromised dentition.

 

Around the HLM, many side events are to be held and are both organized and attended by representatives of governments and NGOs. ADI as the only direct membership advocacy group for oral health in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council will be represented at many of these events. ADI’s positioning is for all Member States to recognize oral diseases as:

(1)   major social, economic and developmental burdens on society and national development

(2)   an indicator of common risk factors predisposing to other NCDs

(3)   largely preventable through tough actions

a.      against added and non-intrinsic sugars in all forms, including taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages

b.      against the use of all forms of tobacco

c.       including access to

i.      clean water for use in daily oral hygiene practices

ii.      appropriate availability and use of fluoride agents such as toothpaste and drinking water.

Key events and their sponsoring organizers to be attended by ADI’s representatives include:

           

·         NCD Alliance: Civil Society Advocacy Briefing

·         The Access Challenge: Forum on Non-Communicable Diseases

·         UN Development Program: Curse or Cure? Leaving No One Behind in an Age of Technological Revolution

·         American Heart Association and others: Time to Disrupt the Health Care System

·         Government of Uruguay and WHO: Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs): Time to Deliver Combatting - NCDs is Political Choice

·         NCD Alliance: No turning back - Charting opportunities to invigorate and intensify the NCD response

·         Global Alliance for Chronic Disease:  Implementation Science - protecting national investments for NCD scale up?

·         New York University: Oral Health and NCDs: Accelerating Integrated Global Progress

 

Contact:

Dr. David C. Alexander

Vice President International Affairs

Academy of Dentistry International

   +1 732 484 0582

 DAGlobalHealth

Tags:  fluoride  NCD  NGO  safe water  sugars  United Nations 

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Advocacy for Oral Health and Sustainability at the United Nations – Academy of Dentistry International takes a Unique Role

Posted By Stephanie Wilhelm, Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Press Release

Academy of Dentistry International

Immediate Release

Advocacy for Oral Health and Sustainability at the United Nations – Academy of Dentistry International takes a Unique Role

New York, August 14, 2018. The Academy of Dentistry International (ADI) was granted Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) on 24 July 2018. This consultative status is unique for an oral health-related membership organization and as such, enables a loud and direct voice for global oral health to be heard at the highest levels of the United Nations’ member states, the UN Secretariat and Agencies.

As an NGO with Special Consultative Status, the Academy will submit statements and provide advice on matters related to its areas of competence –

·         Promotion of oral health as a critical element of general health;

·         Role of oral health in the achievement of the UN’s Agenda for 2030 – the Sustainable Development Goals; and

·         Social responsibility and volunteerism of the dental profession.

This unique status is granted at a pivotal time for oral diseases when over half the world’s population have no access to even basic and essential dental care. The ‘Global Burden of Disease Studies’ funded by The Gates Foundation report that untreated dental decay in permanent teeth is the single most prevalent disease on the planet, severe chronic periodontal (gum and underlying bone) disease the sixth most prevalent and untreated decay in deciduous (‘milk’) teeth the 12th most prevalent. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 60% to 90% of children worldwide have dental caries. Unfortunately, oral diseases affect the most vulnerable individuals, children, elderly and members of racial and ethnic minorities. The economic burden of these preventable diseases is severe. The indirect costs, such as time away from school and work, amount to more than US$140 billion per year, ranking the indirect costs of oral diseases among the top 10 causes of death. The World Oral Health Report (published by WHO) concluded that oral disease is still a major public health problem in high-income countries and the burden of oral diseases is growing in many low- and middle-income countries. Oral diseases are linked to diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and pre-term low birthweight babies among other conditions. Common risk factors for many of these diseases include sugar, tobacco, alcohol, lack of hygiene, unsafe water, and lack of injury prevention. There is a clear social gradient to the inequalities and disparities in oral health, and  the social determinants for oral diseases are common to many other Non-Communicable Diseases.

In the build-up for this unique role the Academy, together with many other civil society organizations, has submitted statements to the forthcoming High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases to be attended by heads of State and Government during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in September 2018.

The Academy’s mission is brought to life through the service of its members in volunteer work and oral health projects serving communities in need. The ADI spearheads social responsibility among the oral health community supporting its members and others to design and deliver health programs, and to provide advice on oral health to governments and other NGOs worldwide with focus on the under-privileged and under-served. Through a number of its members, the Academy has close working relationships with the WHO Global Oral Health Programme. The President of ADI, Dr. Gerhard Seeberger, a dentist from Cagliari, Italy, views this new status as a major game-changer for the reductions in oral diseases and their harmful effects on general health and quality of life.

“As oral health professionals we need to talk less among ourselves, and truly reach out to Governments and other NGOs within the health sector and beyond, to work together to make health and improved well-being  a reality for all peoples. Special Consultative Status brings the call for essential oral health and disease prevention closer toward achievement of the SDGs and the UN’s 2030 Agenda - Transforming our World.”

      

The designated representative to the UN on behalf of the Academy of Dentistry International is the Academy’s Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. David Alexander a  specialist in dental public health and the study of oral diseases. In describing the goals for the Academy with ECOSOC, Dr. Alexander added:

“We are strong supporters of the Sustainable Development Goals and put significant focus on a broad number of the goals which together will not only help prevent oral diseases but promote health and well-being in general. Currently the Academy is the only voice for oral health within ECOSOC and we hope others will join us and align around common goals for the betterment of mankind. It’s time to stop the needless suffering from these preventable diseases.”

About the Academy of Dentistry International

The Academy of Dentistry International is a global network of over 3000 oral and other healthcare professionals in more than 80 countries around the globe dedicated to the improvement in the oral health and quality of life for citizens of every nation. As an international honor society, ADI supports and undertakes service projects for the health and welfare of the underprivileged, underserved people of the world and advocates for the 2030 Agenda – Transforming our World: the Sustainable Development Goals, rather than the needs and personal interests of members. See www.adint.org

 

Media Contacts:

Mr. Fred Herbst (Germany) Chair, Public Relations, ADI                                                                                            

ChairPublicRelations@adint.org                                            

+49 172 6900469                                                                       

 Dr. David Alexander (USA) V-P International Affairs, ADI

david@appoloniaglobalhealth.com

+1 732 484 0582

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