Mid-year meetings in Mexico City

13 June 2014

The 2014 mid-year meetings in Mexico City, kindly hosted by the ADM Foundation and the Mexican dental industry (AMIC), comprised a session of the FDI Council and meetings of the Standing Committee Chairs, as well as a one-day strategic planning workshop, with participation by all.

FDI President Dr Tin Chun Wong was also invited to address the Opening Ceremony of Expo Dental AMIC Internacional on 14 May and the opening Congress of the Stomatological Faculty of UNAM. In addition she made a public address at the ‘Profesor Manuel Quiroz Martínez’ School spent time there learning more about SaludARTE, an oral hygiene programme underway in Mexico City schools, jointly sponsored by the ministries of health, education and sport.

Policy Statements
During its meeting, Council gave the go-ahead, subject in some cases to minor editorial amendments, for three new, two revised and one consolidated Policy Statements to be submitted for adoption by the General Assembly during its meeting in New Delhi.

The new ones are ‘Oral radiations’ and ‘Early detection and appropriate care of HIV infection’, both developed by the Science Committee (SC), and ‘Perinatal and Infant Oral Health’, by the Dental Practice Committee (DPC). In addition, the Policy Statement on ‘Dental amalgam’ updates and consolidates all previous statements since 1999. The two revised Policy Statements concern ‘Dental Implants’ and ‘Water Fluoridation’, and ‘Dental Amalgam’.

Council also received reports on World Oral Health Day 2014—with a final tally of 106 participation countries, a massive increase on the 37 that took part in 2013—the update of the Oral Health Atlas, and the status of the project on collaborative practice

Council was informed that the Oral Health Atlas is now conceived as a three-part work, the first part, updating and revising the first edition, is set to be published by spring 2015; the second part, to be published in time for the Annual World Dental Congress in Bangkok, supplements the first part with information on oral health and calls for action. It is intended for oral health advocacy and will be distributed free of charge to selected recipients. The third part, conceived as a 16-page booklet targeting the general public, containing key figures and messages, will be assembled in late 2015.

For the Vision 2020 project on collaborative practice, Council learned that, following wide consultation among FDI committees and member NDAs, a draft will be prepared for discussion at the General Assembly in New Delhi.

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