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. 

New Executive, Committees, WPs and SIGs
Our recent world Council meeting saw changes in the membership and leadership of many WONCA committees. As well as Dr Donald Li assuming the Presidency, with Dr Anna Stavdal elected as our new President-elect, there are also new faces on the WONCA Executive as well as changes to the Statutory Committees, and also to the Chairs of Working Parties (WPs) and conveners of Special Interest Groups (SIGs).  For a full list of appointments go to: https://www.wonca.net/News/Committees18-20.aspx

Astana Declaration and WONCA Response
WHO, UNICEF and the Government of Kazakhstan recently hosted the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, to celebrate 40 years since Alma Ata.  WONCA was represented at this global event by a delegation comprised of the WONCA President, Immediate Past President, President- Elect, Young Doctor Movement representative, and two Executive Members-at-large. The final version of  the Astana Declarationwas first shared on October 25, 2018 via web and adopted at the conference.

WONCA was disappointed that the final Declaration no longer included the specific mentioning of family doctors or any other members of the primary healthcare teams, though were encouraged that many of the documents supporting the Astana Declaration do include family doctors/general practitioners as key members of these teams. 

Family medicine was mentioned multiple times during the plenary sessions; in addition, several side events during the Global Conference on Primary Health Care highlighted the work and reach of family doctors, including the presentation of Family Practice in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Universal health coverage and quality primary care.  

On a more positive note, WONCA has noted the Declaration expresses a commitment to “Primary health care and health services that are high quality, safe, comprehensive, integrated, accessible, available and affordable for everyone and everywhere, provided with compassion, respect and dignity by health professionals who are well-trained, skilled, motivated and committed;” something which describes the work and commitment of family doctors and the members of our primary care teams worldwide.

Read much more about the event, including the Astana Declaration and WONCA’s response, at: https://www.wonca.net/News/WONCAreactiontoAstanaDeclaration.aspx

WONCA EMR Conference 2019
In the coming weeks we will be featuring upcoming WONCA events in 2019.  This week we highlight the 6th WONCA EMR conference which will take place in Beirut, Lebanon, from 21st to 23rd March 2019.  Full details are on the conference website.