We come from WONCA Europe in Prague – another highly successful WONCA conference – where the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health launched their guides for caring for the physical health of patients with Severe Mental Illness, and I report on a practice visit. The President, CEO and WONCA-WHO liaison person, Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, all discuss their recent attendance at the WHO’s World Health Assembly (read full report here). World Family Doctor Day reports continue with new items from Myanmar and Sri Lanka here.

If you haven’t been to a WONCA conference there are more to come in 2017 – Pretoria, Lima, Pattaya, and Kathmandu. More information here.

Dr Karen Flegg. WONCA Editor


From the President: July 2017

WONCA President, Amanda Howe provides her views on recent sad events in her country, the World Health Assembly attendace by a WONCA delegation and World Family Doctor Day.

From the CEOs desk: Global meetings

The WONCA CEO tells of the recent WHO World Health Assembly and the activities of our WONCA delegation, the Global Forum for human resources for health, the Alma Ata declaration 40 years on, and a visit to the WONCA Secretariat in Bangkok by former manager Yvonne Chung

Rural Round-up: WONCA Africa rural group endorsed

The WONCA Rural Africa group (WoRA) was introduced at the 14th WONCA Rural Assembly in Cairns Australia and was unanimously accepted. WoRA will be launched on the 18 August 2017 during the 5th WONCA Africa region conference in Pretoria and in India during 15th Rural WONCA conference 2018.

Policy Bite: Big data – can we share our own?

Dr Neil Arya and colleagues in Canada have created a new webpage on family medicine training and practice worldwide. They have done this as a ‘Wiki’ where we can all upload relevant data:

Mental Health Matters: caring for the physical health of patients with SMI

A task group of the WONCA Working Party for Mental Health, led by Alan Cohen (UK) and Kim Griswold (USA) has developed guidance to enable family doctors to care more effectively for their patients with severe mental illness.

Mehmet Ungan – signing the #withrefugees petition

Prof Mehmet Ungan, WONCA Europe President Elect, of Turkey, writes to colleagues asking them to consider signing the #withrefugees petition as June 20, was World Refugee Day.