National Action Plan Against Poverty and Social Exclusion - Submission by the Dental Health Foundation, Ireland

4 Jun 2003

SUBMISSION BY THE DENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION IRELANDThe Dental Health Foundation welcomes the opportunity to contribute its views as part of the development of an Irish National Action by the Government in its fulfilment of its obligation as a member state of the European Union (EU) and in particular, building on the existing National Anti-Poverty Strategy (NAPS) 2002 – 2007 – Building an Inclusive SocietyThe Dental Health Foundation calls for the strengthening of the overall strategic approach to tacking poverty and social exclusion and their causes. The main priority of the Foundation’s work centres on the oral health concerns of special needs groups in Irish Society which includes people who are socially marginalized. People who are poorest in Irish Society suffer the greatest burden from oral diseases and they also experience greatest inequality of access to remedial care.(1) It is internationally recognised that oral health improvements can only be achieved by improving the ways in which people live as well as the conditions of living that are relevant to oral health.(2). Therefore the development of the Irish National Action Plan provides an important strategic framework and context by which the Foundation can advocate for improved oral health and social gain for the special needs groups in Irish Society.1. Equity of Access to Health Services –Some relevant issues in an Irish context, A Background Paper prepared for the Working Group on the National Anti-Poverty Strategy (NAPS) and Health, Institute of Public Health, 2001.2. Review and Testing of Oral Health Promotion Outcome Evaluation Measures for Use in Primary Dental Care Settings, Dental Public Health Department of Epidemiology & Public Health University College London, 2002.Further details – contact:
Deirdre Sadlier
Executive Director
Dental Health Foundation, Ireland
26 Harcourt Street
Dublin 2