WONCA E-Update
Friday 01st May 2020


WONCA News – April 2020
The May WONCA News will be published on 8th May, but in the meantime, the April 2020 WONCA News is still available online here  


WONCA webinars relating to COVID-19
Many WONCA conferences have had to be postponed or cancelled. However in an effort to unite the WONCA communities across the globe we have organised a series of WONCA webinars on a variety of topics, to be held each Sunday at 1300 GMT. Last Sunday’s session (26th April) on Education and Training was very well attended and greatly appreciated by participants. For those who were unable to attend the webinars they can all be viewed on YouTube or on Youku 


In coming weeks sessions have been arranged for: 

  • Sunday 3rd May - family violence

  • Sunday 10th May - PHC-UHC

  • Sunday 17th May (1000GMT) - Rural issues

  • Sunday 24th May - Quality and Safety

  • Sunday 31st May (1000GMT) - Research 


See the link in the title above or the banner at the foot of the page for how to register for the latest webinar.


COVID-19 therapeutic options under investigation
Here is an important link from US National Institute of Health about the COVID-19 therapeutic options under investigation, which might be of interest to our members.


WONCA Featured Doctors
In a welcome break from COVID-19 related features, we highlight two of WONCA’s recent featured doctors.


Professor Bob Mash is President of the South African Academy of Family Physicians. He heads up a clinical department at Stellenbosch University that includes family medicine, primary care and emergency medicine. He teaches medical students, medical officers, general practitioners and registrars in family medicine. Much of the teaching is on-line as the students are scattered over hundreds of kilometres throughout the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape. He also has an interest in teaching motivational interviewing and behaviour change counselling and of course is a very active member of WONCA’s Working Party on Research.


Dr David Ponka is a family doctor in Ottawa and Director of the Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine at the College of Family Physicians of Canada. The Besrour is a global hub of thought and advocacy on the role of family medicine in health systems, and being a bilingual Canadian institution, has developed a special role in bringing together best practices both regionally and globally.


A letter from WONCA’s YDMs
Finally for this week, WONCA’s YDMs (Young Doctors Movements) have written a small text for colleagues all over the globe. It is written as prose poetry, making the format is a little different. Read the full text on line.

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