WONCA E-Update
Friday 23rd November 2018

WONCA News – October 2018
As a result of the WONCA Council and conference, closely followed by the WHO meeting in Astana to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Alma Ata, there will be no WONCA News in November. However you can still access the October 2018 edition on the WONCA website with all news, views and information.

WONCA Statement on Ageing and Health
At last month’s WONCA World Conference WONCA released a statement on Ageing and Health. The Statement was prepared by our Special Interest Group on Ageing and Health, led by Professor Dimity Pond, and endorsed by Executive at its meeting in Incheon.

The statement was read out immediately after the plenary from Dr John Beard, of WHO’s Department of Life Cycle, and the contents accorded very closely with what John had been describing in his plenary, with an emphasis on how family doctors were best placed to promote healthy ageing among their communities. You can read the full statement here.

Montegut Scholarships: some important dates
The Montegut Global Scholars Program (MGSP) was established by the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation (ABFM-F) in 2010. The MGSP was named in honour of Alain Montegut, MD, a member of the Board of Directors of the ABFM from 2005-10 and WONCA North America Region President from 2007–10.

The MGSP will provide a US $2,300 scholarship for one (1) family physician selected from each of the seven (7) WONCA regions to attend their respective regional WONCA meetings in 2019. Note that the North America Award is only open to applicants from the Caribbean College of Family Physicians (CCFP).

Deadlines for applications for the 2019 awards are as follows:

  • WONCA EMR; WONCA Iberoamericana-CIMF; WONCA Asia Pacific – 15th January
  • WONCA Africa; WONCA Europe – 19th February
  • WONCA North America – 1st July
  • WONCA South Asia – 26th August

For further details of eligibility criteria, and how to apply, click on the link to the WONCA website.

WONCA EMR 2019: Beirut
Our colleagues in WONCA Eastern Mediterranean Region have issued a call for abstracts for their 2019 conference.  The conference will take place in Beirut, Lebanon, from 21st to 23rd March 2019.  Further details about abstract submission, and all other aspects of the conference, can be found at https://woncaemr2019.com.