Friday 17th April 2020
Professor Michael Boland – a life remembered
It is with huge sadness that we report the death of Professor Michael Boland of Ireland, WONCA President from 2001 to 2004. As our current President, Dr Donald Li, has written in the obituary, Michael was a true visionary and an inspirational leader in family medicine, both nationally and globally. Many tributes have been paid to him. On the WONCA website you can find some words of praise from another Past President, Professor Michael Kidd, as well as a link to a profile of Michael Boland, published in 2009 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Irish College of GPs, in which Michael was pivotal.
WONCA Useful Resources for COVID-19
A reminder of the WONCA webpage on COVID-19 resources which we hope members might find useful. It features messages and articles from our President, as well as useful WHO references, WHO-EPIWIN updates, references and resources from a number of our member organizations (including AAFP and RCGP) and a whole host of other links including stories from family doctors from a number of countries. Dr Jinan Usta has also produced a talk, in Arabic, on COVID-19 information for the public which can be found on the site.
WONCA webinars relating to COVID-19
Sadly 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 WONCA webinars on a variety of topics, to be held each Sunday at 1300 GMT. Sessions have been arranged so far for:
Sunday 19th - mental health aspects
Sunday 26th - education and training; and
Sunday 3rd May - family violence
See the hyperlink in the title above or the banner at the foot of the page for how to register for these webinars. The webinar of Sunday 12th, with reports from all WONCA region presidents, is now available on YouTube for those who were unable to attend: https://youtu.be/5FvL0k9abC4
WWPR Survey on the effect of PHC on COVID outcomes
Our colleagues in the WONCA Working Party on Research want to invite you to participate in a study on the role of primary care in the current pandemic response. They want to know how prepared you think your country was to deal with COVID-19, how your country responded, the nature of your primary health care system, and changes that have been made in fighting this pandemic. They want to see how these factors might influence the rate and pattern of incidence and deaths. This knowledge can inform us about countries’ potential resilience in responding to a future pandemic, and the role primary health care can play. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and more details can be found on line.
Education for Primary Care – free access
We are pleased to announce that the EPC March issue 31:2 is now on line at:
https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tepc20/current This issue shares global experience of primary care very much linked with WONCA. It emphasises how we learn from each other.
Free access for one month to:
Systems thinking: advancing health advocacy training; a perspective from junior family physicians in the Middle East: Alameddine et al
Open access to an 8 country European paper
Which positive view of general practice do medical students and trainees have? A systematic literature review: Le Floch et al