It’s been two months since our last newsletter. After a wonderful meeting in Korea, we now have a new president, Dr Donald Li, from Hong Kong, China and a new President-elect, Dr Anna Stavdal, from Norway. WONCA CEO, Garth Manning reports on the activities of the WONCA World Council in Korea,and there are news items on other exciting events from both the council meeting and world conference. WONCA released both a Seoul declaration and a Statement on Older People’s care at the conference. Also new members of Executive and chairs of committees were announced. Our featured doctor is Shabir Moosa, new Africa Region president.
We have attended several WHO events recently, culminating in representation in Astana and our subsequent reaction to the Astana declaration. A reminder to consider the excellent opportunities to see old friends and make new friends at the WONCA region conferences 2019.
Dr Karen Flegg. WONCA Editor
Dr Donald Li, a Hong Kong-Chinese family doctor, has taken over the reins as President of WONCA. In addition to his work as a busy family doctor, Dr Li is involved in national and international policy making; he was the first family doctor elected as the President of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine between 2012 – 2016.
Garth Manning reports on the WONCA World Council meeting held In Korea in association with our recent World conference : With a meeting of the WONCA Executive, a WONCA Council and then a brilliant WONCA conference in Seoul It has been an incredibly busy time. He reports on election results, statements approved, other highlights and various presentations.
WONCA was represented at the “Global Conference on Primary Health Care”, in Astana, Kazakhstan by the President, Immediate Past President, President- Elect, Young Doctor Movement representative, and two Executive Members-at-large. WONCA notes that the Declaration no longer includes the specific mentioning of family doctors or any other members of the primary healthcare teams. The prior public draft did include different disciplines needed in the Primary Health Care (PHC) team, but these have all been removed in the final version signed by Member States. Wehad hoped and strongly advocated for Family Medicine to be specifically included in the declaration.
On October 18, 2018 The Seoul Declaration of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) on Primary Health Care Strengthening was launched at the WONCA world conference in Seoul, South Korea… “Strong Primary Health Care (PHC) has been recognized as the essential cornerstone to achieve health equity. We fully endorse the inclusion of Family Doctors in the Astana Declaration and we hope that this Declaration leads to lasting benefits for the peoples of the world”
At my inauguration as President I promised, among other things, to continue to advocate for family medicine as essential to achieving Universal Health Coverage and strong cost-effective health systems. The Astana Declaration made it clear that there is still much to be done for professionally qualified primary care teams to be recognised and acknowledged as the backbone of the primary care delivery system in every country.
Our recent world Council meeting sees changes in the membership and leadership of many WONCA committees. Below you will find members lists for the new Executive (pictured above) and the Statutory Committees, as well as the Chairs of Working Parties (WPs) and conveners of Special Interest Groups (SIGs).