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Wednesday, 24 April 2024

Dear WONCA family,

Welcome to this week's e-update from the World Organisation of Family Doctors! With World Family Doctor Day just around the corner, we are gearing up for a host of exciting activities focused on Planetary Health. This issue brings you the latest on our global webinars, regional conferences, and your chance to engage in vital health discussions impacting our planet and its people.

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FAST APPROACHING: With less than a month to go until World Family Doctor Day, 19 May 2024, we are excited to see what our member organisations and doctors have in store for this year's campaign, which is themed on Planetary Health.

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: Don't forget to visit www.worldfamilydoctorday.org where you can find our key messages and a social media toolkit to support your campaign.

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HEALTHY PLANET, HEALTHY PEOPLE: We are excited to announce the first webinar of the WONCA Young Doctors' Movement (YDM) - Working Parties/Special Interest Groups (WP/SIG) Collaborative Series. The first session, taking place on Sunday 24 April, 2:00 PM UTC, is titled Healthy Planet, Healthy People, aligning with the theme for World Family Doctor Day 2024.

YOUNG DOCTORS: Organised by the Waynakay Movement (Young Doctors' Movement of Latin America) and WONCA's Working Party on Planetary Health, the webinar will discuss a range of issues relating to planetary health. Live interpretation in English, Spanish, and Mandarin will be available. REGISTER.


WEBSITE LIVE: El sitio web para el VIII Congreso Regional Iberoamericano de Medicina Familiar y Comunitaria ya está en línea, donde puedes registrarte para nuestra conferencia regional que se llevará a cabo en la Ciudad de Panamá del 23 al 26 de octubre de 2024: www.cimfpanama2024.com


GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CERTIFICATE IN CLIMATE AND HEALTH: An initiative of the Global Climate and Health Alliance, this is a comprehensive 14-session program tailored for individuals aiming to understand and influence the interplay between global climate policies and public health outcomes, and organizations aiming to strengthen their engagement in climate and health. The first session starts today. More information.

WHO BRIEFING - GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: WONCA Members have been invited to participate in an upcoming briefing session on Universal Health and Preparedness Review (UHPR) on Tuesday 30 April 2024 at 13:30-14:30 CEST. The UHPR is a WHO Member States-led review mechanism of a country’s comprehensive national health emergency preparedness capacities. More information is available here and you can register for the briefing here


A RESPONSE TO THE LANCET EDITORIAL: Some of our colleagues have written a response to a controversial editorial published last year by Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet. In the editorial, he criticizes the global health strategy that primarily focuses on primary healthcare for achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC). You can read the original editorial here and the response here


WONCA South Asia Region Conference: Colombo, Sri Lanka. May 3-5, 2024.
See the full program.

8th WONCA Africa Region Conference: Nairobi, Kenya. June 5-8, 2024.
Registration closes in 6 days!

WONCA Asia Pacific Region Conference: Singapore. August 21-24, 2024.
Early Bird Registration until July 1, 2024

Ubuntu 2024 - WONCA Rural Conference: Cape Town, South Africa. September 10-13, 2024.
Registration and Bursary Information.

WONCA Europe Conference: Dublin, Ireland. September 25-28, 2024
The first keynote speakers have been announced.
WONCA Iberoamericano - CIMF Conference: Panama City, Panama. October 23-26, 2024.
The call for presentations is now open. Deadline 31 May 2024.

WONCA WORLD CONFERENCE: Lisbon, Portugal. September 17-21, 2025.
Save the date!

Did you miss last April's edition of WONCA News, including updates from our Young Doctors' Movements? Download it here.

All the best,
Diarmuid Hayes
WONCA Communications Officer
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