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WONCA News November 2017
This month do read the inspiring story from the USA tells how family doctors led by Kim Yu are helping Puerto Rico colleagues devasted by natural disasters.

News from our Working Parties and Special Interest Groups, includes the latest clinical tool from the WP on Mental Health: GP/FP Role in non drug interventions. There are also new resources from the WHO for their global campaign: Medication Without Harm.

I find myself in the odd position of being a featured doctor this month (after seven years of avoidance). Also featured is the president of the coming WONCA EMR conference in Kuwait, Dr Anwar Alnajjar.

Finally, don’t forget next year’s conferences will soon be here – it’s time to submit abstracts and consider registering for at least one of them.
Dr Karen Flegg. WONCA Editor.

Featured Stories

From the President – November 2017

WONCA President Amanda Howe visits Lebanon: Tahaddi clinic is next to one of the main Palestinian refugee camps, and provides health services to a population who live mostly in shanty housing. Over 65% of these patients are Syrian refugees, while the remaining 35% are Lebanese residents of the area.

From the CEO’s Desk: WONCA Executive meets

Greetings again from Bangkok. This month I’ll report on the meeting of the 2016-18 Executive, which took place in Bangkok on 29th and 30th October 2017 – this was the second full meeting of the 2016-18 WONCA Executive and the last meeting for Prof Michael Kidd.

Policy Bite: Rural priorities and progress – Australia

WONCA has had a Working Party on Rural Practice for many years. Their vision is “health for all rural people around the world”, and, as for WONCA as a whole, one of the key aims of their advocacy is to ensure governments recognise the importance of family medicine and its rural and remote workforce. It is therefore a source of celebration that Prof Paul Worley, a member of the WONCA Rural Working Party, has been appointed as the first Rural Health Commissioner of Australia

AAFP members help Puerto Rico colleagues

Kim Yu MD from the USA, is one amazing colleague. In just one week after the recent hurricane devastated Puerto Rico, Kim took to Facebook and drove a fundraising effort to help her collegues in Puerto Rico, raising over $62,000 from all the chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians in just over one week,

Mental Health resource: GP/FP Role in non drug interventions

launched at the WONCA Asia Pacific Region Conference this week: “Family doctors’ role in providing non-drug interventions (NDIs) for common mental health disorders in primary care” is a new resource produced by the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health

World conference 2018 Seoul – welcome message

WONCA’s next world conference comes to Seoul, Korea from October 17 – 21, 2018. The theme of the conference is “Primary Care in the Future: Professional Excellence,” and will cover diverse disciplines of family medicine from the present to the future. For the vision of future family medicine, we plan to offer a dynamic and stimulating array of scientific and practical hands-on programs as well as special events. Find out more.


De la Presidenta : Noviembre

Prioridades rurales y progresos – de Australia


De la Présidente : novembre

WHO Liaison

WHO new leadership team

Medication Without Harm


WONCA Asia Pacificat WHO

WONCA Groups

Rural Round-up: A Rural Health Commissioner

Mental Health MattersEducation WP- Asia Pacific

SIG Health Equity

Promoting Planetary Health

SIG Family Violence at VdGM

Featured Doctors

Karen FLEGG -Australia

Anwar ALNAJJAR -Kuwait


WONCA leaders awarded

Atai Omorutu Scholarship


World conference 2018 Seoul

World Rural Health 2018

Dragon News 5: Krakow

All conferences


IUDs may cut cervical cancer risk by a third — US systematic review

Considered a safe and highly effective contraception method, intrauterine devices (IUDs) may also be quietly offering protection against the third-most common cancer in women worldwide. A new study from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California has found that IUD use is associated with a dramatic decrease in the incidence of cervical cancer. …more

Climate change ‘will create world’s biggest refugee crisis’

Tens of millions of people will be forced from their homes by climate change in the next decade, creating the biggest refugee crisis the world has ever seen, according to a new report.

Senior US military and security experts have told the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) study that the number of climate refugees will dwarf those that have fled the Syrian conflict, bringing huge challenges to Europe.

“If Europe thinks they have a problem with migration today … wait 20 years,” said retired US military corps brigadier general Stephen Cheney. “See what happens when climate change drives people out of Africa – the Sahel [sub-Saharan area] especially – and we’re talking now not just one or two million, but 10 or 20 [million]. They are not going to south Africa, they are going across the Mediterranean.”

WHO QualityRights: transforming mental health services

Below are extracts from a new free-access article in The Lancet Psychiatry:
A movement to profoundly transform the way mental health care is delivered and to change attitudes towards people with psychosocial, intellectual, and cognitive disabilities is gaining momentum globally.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which came into effect in 2008, clearly shows that changing attitudes towards — and practices — in mental health care is not only a necessity, but also an obligation under international human rights law…

Through [The QualityRights initiative] WHO is working to improve the quality of care provided by mental health services and promote the human rights of people with psychosocial, intellectual, and cognitive disabilities…

One of the most recent developments of the QualityRights initiative has been the publication of a set of 15 training and guidance modules. These modules help to build capacity among multiple stakeholders to change attitudes and practices in services and the community, and to create new services—including peer support—and strengthen civil society and advocacy efforts. These training modules have been developed in collaboration with more than 100 national and international actors including: disabled people’s organisations; non-governmental organisations; people with lived experience; family, care partners, and professionals working in mental health or related areas; human rights activists; lawyers; and others.

To support the transformation of mental health services, WHO QualityRights is currently developing a best practice guide. This guide will identify, describe and provide evaluation data for good, promising, and emerging community-based mental health and related support and services that are responsive to people’s needs, promote recovery, and are in line with international human rights standards…

CITATION: WHO QualityRights: transforming mental health services
Michelle Funk, Natalie Drew
Lancet Psychiatry, Volume 4, No. 11, p826–827, November 2017
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(17)30271-7

Best wishes, Neil

Let’s build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare information – Join HIFA: www.hifa.org

Dear HIFA group

I would just like to share with you the September 2017 issue of the Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH) newsletter: http://sh1.sendinblue.com/nbc011z94c.html?t=1507120945. The October 2017 issue will be sent out by 1 November 2017. Should you wish to subscribe to the newsletter, please click on this link and enter your email address: https://my.sendinblue.com/users/subscribe/js_id/2oshf/id/1/email/demo@email.com

The Movement for Global Mental Health (www.globalmentalhealth.org) and the SA Federation for Mental Health (www.safmh.org) will be hosting the 5th Global Mental Health Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa from 8-9 February 2018. There are still spaces available and you can register now: http://www.globalmentalhealth.org/5th-global-mental-health-summit-2018-1

The panels of the Summit will focus on these themes:
·         Persons with Lived Experience – the key partners in mental health and sustainable development
·         Value of research to advance the social movement – the role of persons with lived experience in research
·         Overcoming poverty through quality education and decent work and economic growth
·         Changing the culture around mental health, mental disorders and emotional wellbeing
·         Getting “creative and innovative” to achieve recovery and mental wellbeing
·         Infants, toddlers and young children – affording them mental health and wellbeing
·         Empowering the youth to play a role in achieving the SDGs
·         Not forgetting the vulnerable groups
·         Deinstitutionalisation and community integration – a human right
·         Civil society’s role in achieving the SDGs
·         Social movements giving a voice to persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities.

The information brochure and registration form is available at: http://www.globalmentalhealth.org/sites/default/files/5th%20Global%20Mental%20Health%20Summit%20INFO_1.pdf

Thank you
Kind regards,
Charlene Sunkel

Programme Manager: Advocacy & Development
SA Federation for Mental Health
T: +27 (0)11 781 1852
F: +27 (0) 86 558 6909
000-238 NPO / PBO 18/11/13/3099
Principal Coordinator: Movement for Global Mental Health

Apps to help the visually impaired access information: ‘Be My Eyes’

Dear Colleagues,

Today I came across this short video article from the BBC about a free app called ‘Be My Eyes’. Basically, it links a visually impaired person with a sighted volunteer in order by smartphone to help the former with a problem that they have.

A quick browse of the Be My Eyes website (http://bemyeyes.com/what-is-be-my-eyes/) and social media content gives some examples of the help that’s possible e.g.:
– read expiry dates on food
– read instructions
– help with a technical problem
– describe pictures/paintings

Immediately I thought of all sorts of health / health-information related issues that might be feasible,  especially for the developing world e.g.
– read expiry dates on medicines
– read instructions on how to take medicines
– help use a piece of medical equipment
– describe what a boil or rash looks like before going to a doctor

However, the site suggests the app is NOT used for the following (among other things):
– Anything that can put your health in danger
– Identifying or taking medicine
– Any health related issues

I understand their concern/caution; nevertheless it made me wonder if there are other similar aids out there, aside from readers,  for people with various disabilities? Meanwhile, there may be members who are aware of common problems faced by visually impaired caregivers and others? Maybe there are members who are developing aids?

Incidentally, I came across this link from the European Blind Union (EBU) on “Making information accessible for all” that may interest people producing (health) information that they want to be ‘accessible’:

Best wishes

HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a writer, editor and consultant specialising in global healthcare and related fields (www.globalbiomedia.com). She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at WHO in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social medica working group.
Email:   naimareza AT hotmail.com

Dear Julie,

Thank you so much for this valuable information.

I am a Tanzanian, became blind at the age of 50 years, and I am currently making use of screen readers to access information.

We from developing countries still need much assistance from developed world, we face a lot of challenges such as financial constraints, technical know how etc.

I have been very much impressed by the way this app (Be My Eyes) works and by this e-mail I would like to welcome anybody or organization to work with our organization in Tanzania so as to enable the visually impaired Tanzanians manages their daily living independently.

I’m a chairman of Computers For The Blind (CFTBT), a no-government organization registered in Tanzania and it is also a non-profit organization being run by people with blindness and visual impairment.

The main objective of our organization is to train blind and partial sighted persons to access information through computer application.

Welcome all,

Clement Y.Ndahani: CFTBT Chairman
E-mail: clement.ndahani@out.ac.tz

HIFA profile: Clement Yoramu Ndahani is a Technologist at The Open University of Tanzania.  Professional interests: Social work.  clement.ndahani AT out.ac.tz

Dear Clement,

Yours is exactly the type of response I was hoping to see.

I would imagine that there are many app developers – in high, medium and low-income countries – who would like to build apps that will help people with disabilities. But they may be unaware of the particular issues that you face in Tanzania and similar countries. I hope that through HIFA these messages find the right people and that some useful collaborations develop.

Incidentally, here in the UK, and I believe in many other countries, there are ‘hackathons’, in which developers/scientists come up with innovative solutions to a variety of problems. I notice that in Tanzania you have just had one such event http://daressalaam.sciencehackday.org/about-dar/ (Science Hack Day Dar es Salaam). I wonder if one approach would be to take part in or even host such an event?

On a slightly different note, the ‘Be My Eyes’ app also made me wonder if it would be adaptable for use by (a) groups with low literacy (a kind of ‘Be My Reader’) and (b) people with different languages/dialects (a kind of ‘Be My Translator’).

I wish you well with your endeavours.

Best wishes

HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is is a writer, editor and consultant specialising in global healthcare and related fields (www.globalbiomedia.com). She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at WHO in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social medica working group.
Email:   naimareza AT hotmail.com

Dear Julie

I am a Nigerian and a Librarian. How do I get access to the app. [*see note below] I work with students with special needs and there are about One hundred and twenty-three visual challenged students among them.

HIFA profile: Ngozi Eunice Osadebe is a librarian at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Professional interests: Enhancing access to higher education for people with disability, Technology Assisted Learning. She is a member of the HIFA working group on Library and Information Services.
ngozi.osadebe AT unn.edu.ng

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): Please see the Be My Eyes website http://bemyeyes.com/what-is-be-my-eyes/ ]

Lancet Global Health: Promoting rational use of antibiotics in China

CITATION: Effect of a training and educational intervention for physicians and caregivers on antibiotic prescribing for upper respiratory tract infections in children at primary care facilities in rural China: a cluster-randomised controlled trial
Prof Xiaolin Wei, Zhitong Zhang, Prof John D Walley, Joseph P Hicks, Jun Zeng, Simin Deng, Yu Zhou, Jia Yin, Prof James N Newell, Prof Qiang Sun, Guanyang Zou, Prof Yan Guo, Prof Ross E G Upshur, Dr Mei Lin,
Published: 25 October 2017
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(17)30383-2


Background: Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing contributes to the generation of drug resistance worldwide, and is particularly common in China. We assessed the effectiveness of an antimicrobial stewardship programme aiming to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in paediatric outpatients by targeting providers and caregivers in primary care hospitals in rural China.

Methods: We did a pragmatic, cluster-randomised controlled trial with a 6-month intervention period…

Findings: We recruited all 25 eligible township hospitals in the two counties (14 hospitals in Rong county and 11 in Liujiang county), and randomly allocated 12 to the intervention group and 13 to the control group. We implemented the intervention in three internal pilot clusters between July 1, 2015, and Dec 31, 2015, and in the remaining nine intervention clusters between Oct 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016. Between baseline (the 3 months before implementation of the intervention) and endline (the final 3 months of the 6-month intervention period) the antibiotic prescription rate at the individual level decreased from 82% (1936/2349) to 40% (943/2351) in the intervention group, and from 75% (1922/2548) to 70% (1782/2552) in the control group. After adjusting for the baseline antibiotic prescription rate, stratum (county), and potentially confounding patient and prescribing doctor covariates, this endline difference between the groups represented an intervention effect (absolute risk reduction in antibiotic prescribing) of -29% (95% CI -42 to -16; p=0·0002).

Interpretation: In China’s primary care setting, pragmatic interventions on antimicrobial stewardship targeting providers and caregivers substantially reduced prescribing of antibiotics for childhood upper respiratory tract infections.

Best wishes, Neil

Member, HIFA Project on Information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines

Let’s build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare information – Join HIFA: www.hifa.org

Further to my message a few minutes ago I just saw there is an excellent linked Comment on the study. Thanks to The Lancet Global Health’s OA policy I am able to reproduce it at length below.

CITATION: Reducing antibiotic prescriptions for childhood upper respiratory tract infections
Gary W K WongEmail the author Gary W K Wong
Published: 25 October 2017
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(17)30423-0

Reducing antibiotic prescriptions for childhood upper respiratory tract infections

Resistance to antibiotics has become a major health threat worldwide, and one of the most important contributing factors is the widespread overuse of antimicrobials. This problem is most severe in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), where physicians have few resources for investigations and diagnosis, along with inherent concerns about missing an underlying bacterial infection… Poor knowledge and awareness among caregivers of children also results in inappropriate demand for antibiotic prescriptions for their children…

The study by Xiaolin Wei and colleagues in The Lancet Global Health9 provides important evidence regarding effective interventions in reducing unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions in rural China. The investigators did a cluster-randomised controlled trial, stratified by county, comparing the effectiveness of an intervention programme to reduce antibiotic prescribing with usual care in 25 township hospitals in rural Guangxi province, a low-income area in the southwest of China. The authors aimed to reduce antibiotic prescriptions in children older than 2 years of age with a diagnosis of an upper respiratory tract infection. Their intervention has two important components: first, they set up a comprehensive educational programme for participating doctors, including an interactive training session to improve their knowledge of appropriate use of antibiotics and monthly peer-review meetings to provide feedback. Second, they developed leaflets and an educational video that was played on a loop in the waiting area to educate the caregivers of the children. For children visiting these township hospitals with a diagnosis of upper respiratory tract infection, baseline antibiotic prescription rates were shockingly high at 82% and 75% in the intervention group and control group, respectively. The total duration of the trial including the initial pilot period and the full intervention period was 9 months. The results showed that the antibiotic prescription rate decreased from 82% to 40% in the intervention group and from 75% to 70% in the control group. The difference in the reduction between the two groups was highly significant, with an absolute reduction in antibiotic prescribing rate in the intervention group versus the control group of 29% (95% CI -42 to -16; p=0·0002).

Since antibiotic-prescribing behaviour and physicians’ concerns about treating upper respiratory tract infections are very similar across the world, it is highly likely that such an intervention would also be effective in other settings with a similar health care reimbursement system. One important remaining question is the sustainability of such prescribing behaviour once the intervention is stopped. Some form of re-enforcement or maintenance education is probably needed in order to sustain such a change in behaviour. Given the problems of antibiotic resistance and the cost of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions, the benefits of these programmes will probably far exceed the costs needed to run them. In the emergency departments of large hospitals in Chinese cities like Beijing or Shanghai, children are often seen to be connected to an intravenous line receiving antibiotics, despite a diagnosis of relatively mild febrile respiratory illness. Further studies are needed to test whether or not such an educational programme is effective in changing the prescribing behaviour of physicians in these large hospitals, since the remuneration system and the parental expectations differ to those in the rural areas of China. Replication studies are needed to confirm if such programme is effective in other LMICs that may have different remuneration systems and expectations.

Best wishes, Neil

Member, HIFA Project on Information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines

Let’s build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare information – Join HIFA: www.hifa.org

New HIP Brief on Mass Media Programming in Family Planning

Mass Media: Reaching audiences far and wide with messages to support healthy reproductive behaviors

Mass media programming in reproductive health can influence individual behaviors by providing accurate information, building self-efficacy, and promoting attitudes and social norms that support healthy reproductive behaviors. This new High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIP) brief describes the evidence on and experience with mass media programming in family planning.

Mass media programming is one of several proven HIPs identified by a technical advisory group of international experts. [https://www.fphighimpactpractices.org/advisors/] A proven practice has sufficient evidence to recommend widespread implementation as part of a comprehensive family planning strategy, provided that there is monitoring of coverage, quality, and cost as well as implementation research to strengthen impact.

Download the HIP Mass Media brief [https://www.fphighimpactpractices.org/briefs/mass-media/] and visit www.fphighimpactpractices.org to learn more about High Impact Practices in Family Planning.

Debra L. Dickson | Knowledge for Health (K4Health)
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP)
111 Market Place, Suite 310, Baltimore, MD 21202
Debra.Dickson@jhu.edu | www.fphighimpactpractices.org | 410-659-6300

New training course and upcoming webinar (DisasterLit & HIFA)

NEW! Disaster Information Specialist course

We are excited to announce the latest online Disaster Information Specialist course:

Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device

This one-hour, self-paced, online course discusses key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should consider installing on their mobile devices as part of their preparedness activities. This course fulfills one of the requirements of the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization, Advanced Level. (1 MLA CE credit)

Next week: Disaster Information Specialist webinar

Humanitarian Evidence Week: Improving the availability of reliable health information
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. GMT (UTC) (note different start time)

Speakers will provide an overview of two powerful platforms that promote access to health information for those involved in humanitarian action. Ms. Robin Taylor will describe the scope of the Disaster Lit® database and the process used by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to select high-quality resources, freely available on the internet, about the medical and public health aspects of disaster and public health emergency preparedness and response. Dr. Neil Pakenham-Walsh will discuss how his organization, Healthcare Information For All (HIFA), promotes communication among stakeholders to realize a vision of a world where every person will have access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of others.

Log-in instructions:

To join the meeting:

Open https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7c5b6fcbb19aa76c997dde4df044f359 in your browser. We recommend using Internet Explorer.
Event Key: 1234

Audio conference information:
When you log in, you will be given a choice of Audio Connections. We recommend the “Call Using the Computer” (VOIP) option to participate in the webinar.

If you cannot use the VOIP option:

Select “Call Me” and provide your phone number to receive a call back.
Or select “I Will Call In” and enter the number below and then the access code.
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
List of global call-in numbers
Access code: 626 289 718
If asked for your Attendee ID Number, and you do not see one onscreen, just hit # on your phone to be connected.

HIFA Blog: Month in review, September 2017 – Family Planning

Quote of the month: “If a woman becomes pregnant while wearing an Intra-Uterine Device, this device can enter the baby’s body, even in his brain.” (A misconception about the dangers of using IUDs, reported by Andre Shongo, HIFA Member and Country Representative, Democratic Republic of the Congo)

A woman’s right to health also means a right to contraception. Yet there is a huge unmet need for family planning and contraception (FP/C) across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and Latin America. In July 2017, the UNFPA reported that some 214 million women worldwide who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods. Of the estimated 206 million pregnancies in 2017 in developing regions, 43% are unintended (Guttmacher Institute). One of the contributory factors is “lack of access to information and/or services”…..more

WHO: Consultation on the thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW13)

Everyone is invited to comment on the draft GPW13 here:

1 November 2017

WHO has published its draft 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13).

Strategy on a page: http://www.who.int/about/2019-23_Strat_Map.pdf?ua=1

WHO Impact Framework: http://www.who.int/about/GPW13_-impact-framework-draft.pdf?ua=1

Full text: http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EBSS4/EBSS4_2-en.pdf?ua=1&ua=1

The draft 13th General Programme of Work will be discussed at a Special Session of WHO’s Executive Board on 22 and 23 November.

To continue the inclusive process of developing GPW 13, these draft documents are now open for comment. Feedback from Non-State Actors will be provided to WHO’s Executive Board to inform their deliberations. Please send comments before November 15th.

Relevant dates

25 August: Posting of the Draft concept note towards WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work 2019–2023 on the WHO website.
28 August to 13 October: Open period for feedback through regional committees and informal web-based consultation.
1 November: Posting of the Draft 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13) on the WHO website.
1–15 November: Informal consultation on the Draft 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13)
22–23 November: Special session of the Executive Board to consider the Draft GPW13 (subject to the session being requested).
22–27 January 2018: 142nd session of the Executive Board to further consider and submit GPW13 to the World Health Assembly in May 2018.

Best wishes, Neil

Let’s build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare information – Join HIFA: www.hifa.org

Tropical Disease Research Implementation Toolkit

Dear colleagues,

I would like to bring your attention to a revised version of the TDR Implementation Research Toolkit which is now available on line at http://adphealth.org/irtoolkit/. This version is divided into seven nonlinear modules.

The modules of the toolkit can be explored sequentially from the introduction to the end or taken as specific modules depending on the unique needs of individuals or research teams.

Presented visually on the landing page, each module includes ‘signposts’ to relevant sections of other modules as well as important ‘key messages’ to encourage the users navigate the site in their own way.

We invite you to explore the site and send us feedback / comments on your experience with the Toolkit using feedback forms provided on each page.  Your feedback will help us improve on the content and experience of this learning resource.

More information is available at http://www.who.int/tdr/publications/topics/ir-toolkit/en/ and http://www.who.int/tdr/capacity/strengthening/ir-training/en/

Robert TERRY
Manager  Knowledgge Management
Tel. direct: +41 22 791 2632
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Mail: terryr@who.int
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The use of video to communicate research results was discussed at a recent TDR technical update to staff at the World Health Organization. Policy-makers in The Gambia who viewed a video that included the perspectives of participants in a research trial found that it strengthened their understanding and motivated them to make changes. […]

Full text:

The Tricky Trio: Gauteng Health officials duck and dive

Top Gauteng Health officials who have so far avoided giving evidence before the Life Esidimeni inquiry into the deaths of 144 mental patients are being tracked down and subpoenaed. The SA Police head of detective services told the hearings that a team of investigators he appointed had struggled to obtain information from the national and provincial departments of health.

Evidence this week identified mental health boss Makgabo Manamela as helping establish an NGO which took 72 patients of whom 5 died…..more

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