Task Teams and Working Groups are established by Council to consider matters that do not fall within the purview of any Standing Committee.
The Advocacy Task Team oversees the development and implementation of FDI’s advocacy strategy. The work is focused on ensuring oral health is integrated in the global health and development agenda and included in policies addressing other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs); recognized as being key to achieving universal health coverage (UHC); considered as being a core component of general health and well-being, with oral health professionals being recognized as valued members of the healthcare team.
The 2020/2021 liaison members with the FDI World Dental Congress Sydney 2021 local organizing committee are the FDI Executive Committee, the Chair of the the Education Committee, and the Executive Director.
The COVID-19 Task Team oversees the development and implementation of FDI’s COVID-19 strategy, which is centred around three goals: support members in mitigating the risk from COVID-19 to health and daily practice; ensure continued access to care and promote prevention strategies for oral health; and to represent the profession when political and economic priorities are reshaped.
The Global Periodontal Health Project Task Team provides guidance and scientific expertise to ensure sound implementation of the Global Periodontal Health Project, which aims to reduce and prevent periodontal (gum) disease worldwide.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused events around the world to be cancelled or postponed and it has affected the usual business of the General Assembly and FDI Parliament. The Governance Task Team was established to look into alternative solutions for uninterrupted conduct of the General Assembly business and meeting in extraordinary circumstances.
Health and Safety Task Team provides guidance, scientific expertise and content to develop the project deliverables of the Health and Safety in the Dental Workplace (HSDW) project, which seeks to help improve health and safety for the oral healthcare team at work with practical tools and a global communication campaign.
The project is planned to run until the end of 2022, with the support of Unilever. It has two objectives:
- Improve the integration of oral healthcare and cancer care and collaboration between oral health professionals and health professionals involved in cancer care.
- Empower patients with cancer to improve their oral hygiene and adapt their oral health behaviours according to their specific needs.
The Oral Health in Cleft Patients Task Team, in collaboration with Smile Train liaison experts, provides guidance and scientific expertise as well as develops content to ensure sound implementation of the Oral Health in Comprehensive Cleft Care project, which aims to integrate oral health professionals into the cleft care continuum. The Task Team also contributes to the promotion, dissemination and use of the project deliverables when possible.
The Oral Health Observatory Task Team guides the implementation of the initial deployment in 10 countries of the Oral Health Observatory project, which generates standardized data on oral health to inform FDI's advocacy work.
The Policy Statements Editorial Task Team reviews all FDI Policy Statements to ensure that they are written to a high level of English and are grammatically correct. They also check all scientific terminology is consistently used and all references are up to date and relevant.
The Sports in Dentistry Task Team was established to support the development of a toolkit for national dental associations (NDAs) and promote the importance of good oral health for people practicing sports. The Task Team also oversees the production of guidelines on good oral health for relevant groups in the sports industry, including dentists, physicians, and people playing sports at every level.
Celebrated every year on 20 March, World Oral Health Day is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health. The World Oral Health Day Task Team oversees the development and implementation of the campaign strategy. The Task Team also reviews campaign material for scientific accuracy to ensure it is in line with FDI's core messages. It also provides input on how to extend the reach of the campaign to key audiences.