WONCA E-Update
Friday 3rd April 2020


Dear colleagues

Our world is changed. Most of us are on the front line in the fight against Coronavirus. Others work on response planning. Some are in quarantine and sadly, some are with us no longer.

I draw your attention to a new page we've set up for some of the best COVID-19 resources. We cannot list everything and are trying to keep the size manageable. The president writes on coronavirus and his recent related publications are on the COVID-19 resources page.

Unfortunately for reasons you will understand, WONCA conferences have become casualties of the pandemic. Auckland, Puerto Rico and Berlin are postponed and Bangladesh is going ahead - virtually. These have been hard decisions to make, but our safety is paramount.

We all need to look after our mental and physical health at this time - I recommend the item on 'help in troubling times' featuring the diversions of prominent WONCA leaders, Chris Dowrick and John Wynn-Jones. Stay safe.

Dr Karen Flegg. WONCA Editor


From the President: April 2020

As I write this I wonder if the way we work has now changed forever. As the threat and spread of COVID-19 continues its path, disrupting lives everywhere, no-one can be sure what our world will look like afterwards. As a new disease, it is impossible for the scientists and public health specialists to accurately project the trajectory

From the CEO's desk: Family Doctor Day and conference update

This month I want to highlight World Family Doctor Day, which will take place on 19th May, and also to provide an update on WONCA conferences and other events.

WHO resources on COVID-19

WHO has developed numerous resources on COVID-19. An indicative list follows: research database; technical documents and a training course.


Help in troubling times

Two of our Working Party chairs, Chris Dowrick and John Wynn-Jones are leading the way in encouraging colleagues to say what they are finding helpful in these troubling times dominated by the Coronavirus pandemic.


Professor Michael Boland - RIP March 25, 2020

It with great sadness that we announce the death of one of my predecessors as WONCA President, Professor Michael Boland of Ireland. Michael was a true visionary, and an inspirational leader in family medicine, as witnessed by the many tributes already paid to him. Professor Michael Kidd, also a former WONCA President, pays formal tribute to Michael Boland.


Formulating the Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2020-2030

From 24-26 February 2020, 73 global experts from 45 countries met at WHO Geneva to define the activities that WHO will pursue in its action plan for patient safety in the decade 2020-2030.

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