Urgent, essential & primary dental care during COVID-19 & future airborne pandemics
Oral health practitioners are some of the most at risk professionals for COVID-19 and airborne diseases. Two years after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WFPHA Oral Health Working Group (OHWG) recognizes the need for clear guidelines on dental care delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic and future outbreaks of airborne diseases, and a consistent definition of primary dental care.
Vaccination of older adults
The world population is ageing; the number of individuals aged 60 and older will reach 2 billion by 2050. This demographic change implies a longer lifespan that will potentially result in a greater burden on health and economic systems.1 There is increasing evidence supporting the importance of a life-course approach to health.2 However, more attention is needed towards health promotion and disease prevention strategies in aging populations. Vaccination is one of the most important and cost-effective tools available for primary prevention.3
On climate change
Climate change is a global problem. It is harming human health and wellbeing today, and we have clear evidence that lack of effective response will render the global poor, people living in low lying areas, along coastlines, in the world’s hot zones, and regions prone to tropical storms, floods, fires and drought, as well as today’s young people, to a life unnecessarily diminished in opportunities for prosperity, wellbeing, safety and security. Governments have a duty to protect the health and well-being of their citizenry, and to promote the wellbeing of all who live on this planet, both currently and in the future. The Climate Emergency is a Health Emergency. The WFPHA stands ready to advocate for a healthy future and urges all our partners to do likewise.