#WoncaAfrica 30 October 2017

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WONCA E-Update Friday 27th October 2017

WONCA E-Update
Friday 27th October 2017

WONCA News – October 2017
The latest WONCA News (October 2017) is accessible via the WONCA website, with lots of WONCA news, views and events. This month’s WONCA News even contains a Spanish supplement, as a service to all our Spanish-speaking colleagues

Policy Bite: Shared principles of primary care
This month’s policy bite is co-authored by Professor Ruth Wilson, North America Region President, and Professor Amanda Howe, WONCA President. We know the importance of strong primary care as a key component of a high performing health care system. However the terms “primary care” and “primary health care” are often used loosely, and there is a need to define and characterise good primary care. The article identifies eight principles of primary care, recently endorsed by many primary care and family medicine organizations in North America, for consideration.

Two WONCA Leaders receive Prestigious Award from World Psychiatric Association
Professor Michael Kidd AM, WONCA Immediate Past President and Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro MBE, a former chair of the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health, have been awarded honorary membership of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). These awards are in recognition of the recipients’ hard work and contribution to psychiatry and mental health. Honorary membership is one of the highest honours that the WPA can bestow on an individual. We warmly congratulate them both.

WONCA Featured Doctor – Dr Jacqueline Ponzo (Uruguay)

One of this month’s Featured Doctors is Adj Professor Jacqueline Ponzo of Uruguay. Jacqueline is President-elect for the WONCA Iberoamericana-CIMF Region and will assume office at the 2018 World Council meeting. She is Adjunct Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of the Republic (UDELAR), in Uruguay. She is in charge of the residency program in Family and Community Medicine (FMC) in Uruguay, and responsible for the courses of Methodology of Research and Epidemiology, for postgraduate FCM. She is also a researcher and has promoted both the development of research in the community space, and the training of young researchers. This has allowed the emergence of a Research Area in the Department of Family and Community Medicine of UDELAR.

WONCA Global Jobs Portal
A reminder about the WONCA Global Jobs Portal. This is a space where you can advertise a post – or the place to go if you’re looking for a job vacancy. It can be accessed at: https://woncarecruitment.com

WONCA Working Party on Women – Meeting in Chiawelo


The WONCA Working Party for Women & Family Medicine (WWPWFM) was involved in various activities recently and the working party executive would like to share a summary report.

1. The 5th WWPWFM interim meeting held August 14 – 17, 2017 in Soweto, South Africa.

Our host was Prof. Shabir Moosa and the Chiawelo Health Center community – (Shabir is centre front in group photo above)….more

Stable middle-class in SA may be smaller than thought, study shows

Until recently, SA’s emerging black middle class was hailed as the sign of a new, deracialised postapartheid economy. But research shows the stable middle class may be much smaller than previously thought.

Statistics SA has found that 55% of South Africans are poor, unable to meet their most basic needs. This means only about 45% of the population are not poor. Not being poor is an inadequate indication that the same will be true in the near future. Many people who are not poor are in precarious economic situations. Our research shows almost one in two South Africans who are not poor are at risk to falling into poverty….more