WONCA has just held two highly successful conferences: one in Pretoria, South Africa; and the other in Lima, Peru. There are still Kathmandu and Pattaya to come in 2017, and a number of events already scheduled in 2018. See all WONCA conferences here. This month we feature the annual reports of some of the WONCA Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Our two featured doctors are young women who are leaders in family medicine in their countries: Victoria Tkachenko from Ukraine and Artenca Collaku from Albania. And our Rural Round up is written by a medical student from the USA, Jesse Rockmore. I recommend considering Jan de Maeseneer’s new book to celebrate his retirement – the foreward was written by four WONCA World Presidents.

Dr Karen Flegg. WONCA Editor

Featured Stories

From the President: September 2017

Networks, opportunities and prioritisation – does enthusiasm need to be balanced with realism? – The President has been in Tanzania at both the Aga Khan University and meeting with the International Federation of Medical Student Associations.

From the CEO’s desk: Peru 2017, Dubai 2020 and more conferences

It’s been a busy month for travel, with trips to Dubai and Peru for the WONCA CEO. He has attended the WONCA Iberoamericana conference in Peru recently and been planning for our world conference coming to Abu Dhabi in 2020.

Policy Bite. PHC funding a percent of total health care spending

This month’s guest policy bite comes from the American Board of Family Medicine and the Robert Graham Center, in the USA. It discusses the paper “Primary Health Care as a Foundation for Strengthening Health Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries”

Rural round up: Jesse Rockmore, medical student, writes

I am Jesse Rockmore, a 4th year osteopathic medical student in the United States. I am originally from a small town in the lower Appalachian Mountains in Georgia. Poor access to primary and surgical care in my small town compelled me to pursue a career in rural health care.

Jan De Maeseneer publishes “Family Medicine and Primary Care at the Crossroads of Societal Change” on the occasion of his academic retirement.

Well known colleague and Family Medicine leader, Prof Jan De Maeseneer has written a book, “Family Medicine and Primary Care at the Crossroads of Societal Change”. The WONCA Editor interviews Jan about this publication.

WONCA Iberoamericana region- CIMF ? Manifesto against violence and intolerance

The board of WONCA Iberoamericana region-CIMF release their Manifesto against violence and intolerance developed during the recent regional conference in Lima, Peru. Available in English Spanish and Portuguese.