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Wow! The 2019 WONCA Africa Conference in Kampala, Uganda last week was wonderful. There were 181 delegates from 32 different countries who came together, excited about sharing their enthusiasm and experience in developing family medicine and primary care in Africa. The conference was truly about people-centred primary health care. It was inspiring to see local medical students so fired about family medicine. See this short reflection. A “Kampala Commitment 2019” will be issued shortly to show the commitment of family doctors to universal health coverage, primary health care and building the capacity of primary health care teams at scale in Africa. We have set our sights on advocating for the role of family medicine in Africa at the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage in New York in September 2019. Look at the draft UHC statement.

We were very privileged to have had two very important people join us for the whole conference. Dr. Prosper Tumusiime is the Acting Director, Health Systems and Services Cluster in the WHO Regional Office for Africa. He was very open to extend the collaboration established between WHO and WONCA globally and we had detailed discussions on how to build that collaboration. We also had Mr Nathaniel Otoo, former Ghana NHI CEO and current Director of Strategic Purchasing: Africa Resource Centre (SPARC). This is an African support network (and part of the Joint Learning Network) to assist African governments in reforming payment systems for universal health coverage. He was very intent on a partnership between SPARC and WONCA Africa. We had an interactive workshop at the conference where some great ideas emerged e.g. WHO-WONCA developing an African Forum for Primary Care with various members of the PHC team. What are your thoughts on how to build these collaborations? Tell us here!

Do you want to do a Ph.D.? Join an online webinar at 8 pm (GMT+2) on Thursday 20th June 2019. Register here. Dr. John Musonda​ will present his Ph.D. work in progress “Exploring the development and implementation of family medicine in the light of universal health coverage in urban South Africa”. We will also discuss the CARTA fellowship.

Are you a PhD who wants to support African family doctors do their Ph.D. at your university? Email me with your details and your research interests so that we can match them to you. See more at the WONCA Africa Ph.D. Forum.

Keep in touch. Visit the WONCA Africa website and join us on FacebookTwitterYouTube orTelegram.  Feel free to circulate this email to colleagues.  Ask them to join the email list here. Don’t forget to join us for the WONCA2020 Conference in Abu Dhabi. See what happened on World Family Doctor Day May 2019 all around the world.

There is a Health System Science (HSS) Webinar 8-9pm (SA Standard Time), 15th July 2019. This time it is on ” Clinical informatics in health – Perspectives from the U.S. and South Africa” Check www.ProfMoosa.com for the registration link.

There is an amazing process underway in South Africa with interns now spending six mths of their two years internship in family medicine (instead of 3 mths) due to the major influx of doctors into the health system from the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Programme. See the plan for Johannesburg Health District. This change is being driven by the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to encourage these young doctors to embrace a career path in primary health care and engage in NHI Capitation Contracts that I have proposed – see summary here – and that is under consideration by the Presidency in South Africa.

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rgds, Shabir
Assoc. Prof.  S. Moosa
MBChB, MFamMed, MBA, PhD
Jhb-Wits Family Medicine / Wonca Africa
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