WONCA Africa Report 2019/2020 from June 2019
WONCA Africa Exco Members
The following were elected to the WONCA Africa Exco in October 2018 and allocated tasks:
1. President: Prof Shabir Moosa (Coordinating Stakeholder Engagement)
2. President-elect: Dr. Dan Abubakar (Coordinating Membership)
3. Secretary: Dr Joy Mugambi (Coordinating WPs/SIGs)
4. Treasurer: Dr Elizabeth Reji (Womens Party Chair)
5. Additional Member: Dr. Temitope Ilori (Supporting stakeholder engagement)
6. Additional Member: Dr Jane Namatovu (Coordinating Conference)
7. Co-opted Member: Dr Kwame Asisi-Boateng (Afriwon Chair)
There have been bi-monthly EXCO meetings, held mostly using Zoom and minuted.
1. 9th July 2010
2. 10th September 2019
3. 12th November 2019
4. 10th January 2020
5. 10th March 2020
6. 12th May 2020
7. 14th July 2020
As per allocated tasks there has been some progress:
1. Stakeholder Engagement (Shabir Moosa)
a. WONCA World:
i. WONCA Exco Telcon Meetings: There have been several. Most discussion has been around regional progress and bylaws. A key progress item has been the weekly COVID webinar since April 2020.
ii. WONCA Exco Face-to-face Meetings: Bangkok November 2019. There was approval of an advance loan every two years to WONCA Africa Conferences based on the Flowa Fund proposal up to $5000. There was support for the AfroPHC effort (including funds to assist the PHC Concept document process).
iii. WONCA Exco Extended Telcon 14-15 May 2020: There was extensive discussion on postponing the WONCA World Council and Conference to November 2021. There were Bylaw proposals discussed as well as support of the WONCA Africa Bylaws, with changes.
iv. WONCA EXCO Special Telcon: This was a special meeting to discuss governance challenges within WONCA Exco and emerged with agreements about strengthening governance.
b. WONCA Africa Member Organisations (MO) Consultations: MO’s (both current and potential) have been provided these reports. There was also a special meeting 23rd June to discuss the EXCO term implications for the postponement of the WONCA Council Meeting to 2021.
c. Bylaws: The draft “Bylaws of WONCA Africa” adopted by the WONCA Africa Council Meeting in October 2018 and supported by WONCA Exco will be presented to the WONCA Council Meeting in Abu Dhabi 2021 for approval.
d. WHO Afro: After engaging with WHO Afro in 2018/2019 Dr Tumusiime provided an extensive letter of engagement in February 2020, that included a memo to WHO Country Representatives. There were six areas of collaboration identified (The full document is available in a post)
i. Building relationships and mutual understanding further
ii. Strengthening the DHS through family physicians
iii. Improving the quality of PHC and DHS
iv. Connect WHO resources with the training of family physicians
v. Primary care research
vi. Support for development of AfroPHC
There has been extensive engagement by WONCA Africa MOs at country level with WHO Country representatives, coordinated by Innocent Besigye. Whilst the WHO AFRO relationship is intact overall progress has been shaped by COVID, including AfroPHC and COVID in Africa Webinars. These started on 19th March and continue ± weekly since.
e. African PHC Networking:
i. Global PHC Research Consortium: Primafamed remains in the engagement.
ii. SPARC: There is a plan to have a webinar on the issue of UHC with SPARC’s new director.
iii. WONCA EMR: There has been poor progress on a joint AFRO-EMRO WONCA-WHO meeting. However, Prof Moosa joined two WONCA EMR meetings – Muscat (17-20 Oct 2019) and Doha (19-22 Feb 2020).
iv. SADC: The engagement with SADC has had no progress.
v. AfrIPEN: Prof Moosa remains nominally part the AfrIPEN network and they are part of AfroPHC.
f. AfroPHC: AfroPHC, as a space for frontline primary care team members to advocate for PHC in UHC, is already set up with website, google group, monthly webinars and a leadership/management course. The conference in June has been postponed. There have been monthly Core Team Meetings with progress on developing a concept note on PHC Teams including family doctors in Africa.
g. Academic Focus:
i. Journal: There has been limited use of AJPHCFM for editorials etc. Articles are being prepared.
ii. Academic Activities: The WONCA Africa PhD Forum Webinar and WONCA Africa Academic Development Webinars have been terminated.
iii. Courses: The online Leadership and Management course in partnership with AHLMN has been agreed to and circulated with over 200 students already engaged.
iv. Primafamed: Primafamed as official Academic Organisation of WONCA Africa was finalized with a document signed between Prof Mash and Dr Manning
a. News Members:
i. Botswana: Botswana Association of Family Physicians is now a member.
ii. Cameroon: MEDCAMER is now a member
iii. Liberia: Society of Family Physicians of Liberia, SOFPOL is now a member.
b. Applications in progress:
i. Ethiopia: Ethiopian Society of Family Physicians application is delayed.
c. Outstanding: Somaliland, Rwanda, Mali, Togo, Namibia, DRC, Benin, Cape Verde.
President, WONCA Africa