This month we have much news, and from all corners of the globe, with several items about the recent WONCA Africa conference, news from WONCA Europe and WONCA East Mediteranean region meetings with the WHO, and our featured doctors are the new WONCA leaders from Iberoamericana. Thomas Meoño Martin and Jacqueline Ponzo. I highly recommend this month’s policy bite on the shared principles of primary care and our CEO, Garth Manning, summarises of some useful WONCA publications.

Dr Karen Flegg. WONCA Editor

From the President – October 2017

One of the wonderful privileges of being a WONCA leader is seeing the many colleagues worldwide who are committed to family medicine in all its stages and settings. The very successful regional Africa conference in Pretoria celebrated progress in our most challenged region, including presentations from countries such as Malawi and Ethiopia who are at the earliest stages of family medicine development.

From the CEO’s desk: WONCA publications

This month I thought it would be useful to remind members about the various WONCA publications, many of which are freely available via the WONCA website, and especially to highlight recent and forthcoming WONCA publications and some key WONCA documents.

Policy Bite: shared principles of primary care

Ruth Wilson (Canada) and Amanda Howe (UK) write: the terms “primary care” and “primary health care” are often used loosely, and there is a need to define and characterise good primary care. Here are eight principles of primary care, recently endorsed by many primary care and family medicine organizations in North America, for consideration.

Working Party on Women -recent activities

The WONCA Working Party for Women & Family Medicine (WWPWFM) was involved in various activities recently and the wokring party executive would like to share a summary report. It is going to be an exciting one-year preparing for Seoul, October 2018. Please come share your ideas and tell your stories of the wonderful work we all do for our patients and communities, and the challenges we face.

WONCA Europe statements at WHO Regional Committee

The 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe was held in Budapest on 10th – 14th September 2017. WONCA Europe has released a statement on Family Medicine, focusing on the educational needs (both undergraduate and postgraduate) and the policies for retaining and, when necessary, supporting the migration and emigration of family doctors. The statement was delivered by Dr Anna Stavdal, President of WONCA Europe.

WONCA EMR meets WHO EMRO, in Cairo, in September

WONCA’s East Mediterranean region (EMR) delegate conducted a meeting with WHO EMRO Regional Director and his team in Cairo, Egypt.The participants agreed about the importance of collaborative work among WHO and WONCA to reorient towards Universal Health Care, and bring family medicine as a vehicle, conducting national workshops will help countries to develop national action plans to scale up family practice working in two parallel paths – the fast track and the long term plans taking into consideration, approaching universities and higher education ministries.