WONCA E-Update
Friday 05th June 2020

WONCA News – May 2020
The May WONCA News is still available online pending arrival of the June edition (June 12th). Access on line

Dr Donald Li – interview with BJGP Open
Our President, Dr Donald Li, was interviewed recently by Professor Domhnall MacAuley, Editor of the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP). Donald, a practicing GP, talks about the current situation in Hong Kong and the challenges ahead. There have been almost no new cases, excluding imported disease, in recent weeks but 14-day quarantine on arrival in country remains in place. He also discusses the wider “mission” for primary care and family doctors worldwide.

WONCA APR Roundtables: NCDs and Pain Management
Prof Meng-Chih Lee, President, WONCA APR and Dr Brian Chang, Honorary Secretary, WONCA APR, have reported on meetings of leaders from WONCA APR organizations to explore and reach consensus on reducing unnecessary deaths from non-communicable diseases and on improving treatment of chronic pain. The meetings were held in Singapore from 4th to 6th December 2019 and looked at: “Addressing gaps in NCDs through leadership and engagement”; and “Addressing gaps in pain management through education”. You can read a full report of the meetings on line.

Dr John Wynn Jones: “The Four Seasons”
Dr John Wynn-Jones is immediate past chair of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice and well known to many in WONCA. 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. He kindly agreed to write a guest column for May’s WONCA News, reflecting during his morning walk on Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”.

Young Doctors Movement Newsletters – May 2020
WONCA is blessed with active Young Doctors Movements in all seven regions. This month Waynakay (CIMF), the Rajakumar Movement (APR), the Spice Route (SAR), and Vasco da Gama Movement for Young Doctors (Europe) provide updates on activities over the past few months.

WONCA webinars relating to COVID-19
The WONCA webinar series is taking a temporary break whilst the WONCA leaders consider topics for the second series. If you missed any of the webinars, or want to watch again, then they can all be viewed on YouTube or on Youku.

WONCA SIG on Family Violence thanks WONCA
Dr Hagit Dascal Weichhendler and Assist Prof Nena Nena Kopcavar Gucek, co-chairs of the WONCA Special Interest Group on Family Violence wrote to thank WONCA World for hosting a webinar on Family Violence highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on this complex issue.

One epidemic meets another: Family violence (FV) and Gender Based Violence are global phenomena and leading public health problems, existing long before the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic, as well as measures taken to contain it, have significantly increased isolation, family tensions, economic hardships. This has caused a huge increase (up to seven fold) in the number of calls to various FV hotlines in several countries.

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