WONCA News – July 2017
The latest WONCA News (July 2017) is accessible via the WONCA website, with lots of WONCA news, views and events.

From the CEO’s Desk
This month the WONCA CEO, Dr Garth Manning, describes a series of meetings held recently. He begins by reporting on meetings held in Geneva with WHO colleagues during the recent World Health Assembly. He then highlights the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health – Building the health workforce of the future – which will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from 13-17 November 2017. The Forum is inter-sectoral and is the largest open conference on human resources for health-related issues, expected to gather over 1,000 delegates from across the globe. It’s being organized by Human Resources for Health, one of the key departments with which we collaborate most closely within WHO. Finally he outlines plans being drawn up to celebrate 40 years since the Alma Ata declaration, which came out of the International Conference on Primary Health Care held in Alma Ata in September 1978.

Recent Goodfellow Gems
Goodfellow Gems are chosen by the (University of Auckland) Goodfellow Unit director Dr Bruce Arroll to be either practice changing or practice maintaining. The information is educational and not clinical advice. The Goodfellow Unit owns the copyright of the Gems. Latest Gems to be loaded onto theWONCA website include:

  • 10 helpful ideas when working with transgender or gender non-conforming patients.
  • Topical corticosteroids may be a safe alternative to treat phimosis in boys.
  • Spironolactone effective, but regular serum potassium checks recommended forever.
  • Beta-blockers no longer first line treatment for hypertension.
  • Stillborn children: photographs may help the healing.

A practice visit in Prague by the WONCA Editor
Just before the opening ceremony of the recent WONCA Europe conference in Prague, the WONCA editor, Dr Karen Flegg, joined a group of four colleagues from Italy and one from the UK on a practice visit. You can read more on the visit on the WONCA website.

1st International Congress on Perinatal TOTAL Health:
Colleagues have sent us details of the 1st International Congress on Perinatal TOTAL Health: The First Thousand Days of Life to be held in Sinaia, ROMANIA, on 27-30, June 2018. The main objectives of this Congress are to define the importance of the first thousand days of life and their lifelong health consequences; a focus on research, education and training, health systems and services, and health policies; and to highlight innovative and transdisciplinary projects that demonstrate the advantages of collaboration and integration in achieving TOTAL Health. WONCA is happy to be a scientific partner to this event, and our President, Professor Amanda Howe, will be one of the key speakers at the conference.