In 2018, FDI grew its reputation as a leading global oral health advocate.
We’ve been able to work harder and smarter to achieve our goals and fulfil our vision of leading the world to optimal oral health.
In line with FDI’s 2018–2021 Strategic Plan, we’ve reinforced our membership base, led global advocacy efforts to increase oral health literacy and achieve political commitment and action on oral health in all countries, and furthered the science and practice of dentistry through knowledge-sharing and collaboration.
While it’s important to recognize our successes, we must remember to stay focused: oral diseases are still the most prevalent noncommunicable diseases worldwide. Now more than ever, we must work together with our members and industry partners to lead the global fight to improve the oral health of populations and ensure the general health and well-being of all.
Thank you for your united action in support of our vision.
Read the 2018 Annual Report for full details on FDI’s annual events, oral health projects, advocacy agenda, scientific journal, membership details, financial statements, and an updated list of our partners.
Every aspect of FDI’s work is connected to our vision to lead the world to optimal oral health.
In 2017, we were able to leverage our position as a leading global oral health advocate to increase attention and action on oral health around the world and advance our projects and partnerships. From the World Dental Congress to World Oral Health Day, we seek to raise awareness on the importance of good oral health at every stage of life.
We were also able to bolster our advocacy work on a diverse set of topics and reinforce our presence within the wider global health community. We continue to report strong membership numbers and a solid, dedicated leadership.
Thanks to our 2017 partners, our financial position allows us to work harder and smarter to lead the global fight to improve the oral health of populations, to ensure the general health and well-being of all.
Read the 2017 Annual Report for full details on FDI’s annual events, oral health projects, advocacy agenda, scientific journal, membership details, financial statements, and an updated list of our partners.
FDI has seen many successes in 2016 in pursuit of its goals in continuing education, membership growth, knowledge transfer, international campaigning, advocacy, as well as effective project implementation. The high point of the year was undoubtedly the adoption by the General Assembly of FDI’s new definition of oral health.
Advocacy has proved to be a real area of growth, now consolidated under the umbrella of Vision 2020. This enables us to pro-actively ensure the oral health dimension on the global health agenda and reinforce our relations with intergovernmental partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Our input and expertise has been much appreciated in the context of current discussions on the Minamata Convention on Mercury and its specific provisions for the phase-down of dental amalgam. At the international level, we have reinforced our advocacy capacity through joining forces with strategic partners such as the Noncommunicable Disease Alliance and have strengthened collaboration with other medical professions.
World Oral Health Day is going from strength to strength with an increasing number of organizations participating globally and a growing campaign reach. We can also look with satisfaction on the positive outcomes from FDI’s major project partnerships in areas such as prevention and oral health literacy, especially among children, oral health project innovation and sustainability as well as caries management and societal issues such as oral health and ageing populations.
Our World Dental Congress was a well-attended, truly international event and our Continuing Education (CE) Programme grows apace. Finally, we can welcome the new focus of IDJ on becoming the reference for international oral health, oriented towards practice-related research, international public health and inter-professional education and practice.
FDI in 2015 was characterized by optimism. Financially, we started off predicting a small surplus, which turned out to be larger than expected at the close of the year. By the year-end, we also had a comfortable level of reserves.
In terms of oral health promotion, World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is now firmly established in the calendar of important events for dental and other oral health practitioners worldwide. WOHD 2015 registered phenomenal growth over the previous two years, involving more countries, more member national dental associations (NDAs) and more dental student associations, with greater outreach than ever before.
Member support took a leap forward in 2015 with FDI’s re-invigorated Strategy for Africa, launched in 2012, and the first leadership workshop in February followed by a further exchange of information during the International Dental Exhibition Africa (IDEA) in Dakar, Senegal, in October.
At international level, FDI had the opportunity in 2015 to state the dental profession’s views at the World Health Organization’s Executive Board (WHO-EB) and World Health Assembly (WHO-WHA), and through correspondence with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The World Dental Congress continues to go from strength to strength. This is not so much due to the raw statistics: these, though excellent in 2015, vary according to location and circumstances.