WONCA News – August 2019 The latest WONCA News (August 2019) has just been published and can be accessed at https://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/News/NewsletterArticle/July2019.aspx
From the President: WONCA Africa In this month’s column Dr Donald Li reports on a very successful WONCA Africa conference in Uganda. He also comments on a recent BMJ editorial which referred to 45,000 community health workers in Rwanda, serving as “the functional link between communities and health facilities, such as hospitals”. As Dr Li observes – “This may be a current reality. It is not aspirational”. The reaction of those at the WONCA Africa Region conference to the BMJ editorial was immediate and resulted in a strong response being drafted and submitted by participants. To read more on this, and to access links to the editorial and to WONCA’s response, go to the WONCA website.
Featured Doctor: Dr Klaus von Pressentin, Maintaining the theme of WONCA Africa, one of this month’s featured doctors is Dr Klaus B von Pressentin. Klaus reports on his attendance as the Montegut Scholar, at the WONCA Africa 2019 conference, in Kampala, Uganda, from June 4-8, 2019. Klaus is from Mossel Bay sub-district, South Africa. The Montegut Global Scholars Program is funded by the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation (ABFM-F). You can read more about Klaus and the conference at: https://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/News/KlausvonPressentinMontegut.aspx
“Education for Primary Care Journal announces Free Access for a month to an interesting article on “Using recruitment and selection to build a primary care workforce for the future” from lead researchers in medical education; Celia Brown, Chris McManus, Ian Davison, Paramjit Gill & Richard Lilford.
Given the current focus on developing an appropriate primary care focused workforce to deliver UHC, Brown et al offer insights into research they have done in Africa and the UK. They debate the contrasts they see between “recruitment in a seller’s market (an insufficient supply of applicants) and selection in a buyer’s market (sufficient applicants but concerns about their quality). They highlight the interactions between these two human resource management decisions. Food for thought for WONCA and the development of multi-disciplinary teams to deliver the primary care we need for UHC.”
WONCA 2020 Abu Dhabi: Call for Abstracts WONCA 2020 Abu Dhabi recently launched its call for symposia and workshop abstracts and the committees have been hard at work promoting and developing content for the conference. In a bid to encourage greater attendance, WONCA 2020 Abu Dhabi joined the recently-concluded WONCA Europe as an exhibitor held in Bratislava. Dr Mohamed Farghaly, Chair of the Scientific Committees, reports on the Bratislava experience and provides details of how to submit an abstract for this must-attend event.