Friday 31st July 2020
The July WONCA News is now available online. Access it now here
Statement of Support for WHO
WHO has come under attack from various quarters of late, linked to its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. WONCA, like many other global organizations, accepts that it has not got everything right, but also believes that there is an overwhelming need for one strong global agency to be responsible for health. In this light WONCA was pleased to issue a statement in support of WHO, which can be read on line.
In addition, WONCA has signed on to letters in support for WHO as a member of the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health and as a global member of the Civic Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC 2030.
News from WONCA’s Working Party on Mental Health
Prof Chris Dowrick, Chair of the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health, has written on some resources in the time of COVID-19 in his latest newsletter to colleagues. Mental health has never been a more pressing concern for us in primary care, as we have to deal with the combined impacts of the infection itself, of quarantine and social isolation, and the inevitable severe economic downturn that follows.
Guest Feature by John Wynn-Jones: the pursuit of beauty
Dr John Wynn-Jones is well known in WONCA circles and is the immediate past chair of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice. During the COVID-19 crisis he has been writing a regular 'Rural Miscellany' email with poems and resource ideas to help and divert us in this difficult time. After the popularity of his guest columns in May (on "The Four Seasons") and June (on "Two paintings and two doctors"), he agreed to entertain us again this month on "the pursuit of beauty"
EURIPA – the European Network for Rural and Isolated Practitioners - is holding its 1st Rural Health e-Forum this year from September 18th - 19th. The Call for Abstracts and Early Bird registration are both open and there is information on their web site at: https://euripa.woncaeurope.org/content/e-forum
The title of the Forum is: How Rural and Remote General Practice/Family Medicine is responding to the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic - now and for the future.