WONCA News – July 2019
The latest WONCA News (July 2019) has just been published and can be accessed at 

In my View: Professor Chris van Weel – From Alma Ata to Astana and Beyond
As Dr Donald Li mentions in this month’s ‘
From the President’ column, we in WONCA need to be alert to the undermining of family medicine and its key role in delivering comprehensive primary care to communities globally. At the same time, we need to be proactive to ensure better understanding within our health systems of the benefits of adopting a qualified, doctor-led, primary care team. 

This month’s guest writer is Past President Professor Chris van Weel, who has been involved with WONCA for more than forty years! He has long been an advocate of WONCA speaking out on the benefits of effective, professional primary care teams as the basis for health systems. We welcome his reminder – and take on his challenge to WONCA, to advocate at every possible opportunity.

Vasco da Gama Pre-conference in Bratislava
The Vasco da Gama Movement (VdGM) for young doctors in Europe was prominent at the recent WONCA Europe conference, with over 140 young doctors attending. Dr Katarzyna Nessler, new chair of the Movement reports on the pre-conference, the theme for which was General Practice: the Human Side of Medicine. Workshops were held on a whole variety of topics including Refugee Care, Transgender Care, Emergency Care, and Care for families affected by trauma. Read more at:

WONCA Europe: New Executive Board
At the recent WONCA Europe Council meeting a new Executive Board was voted into office.  In support of the WONCA Europe President, Professor Mehmet Ungan, Europe now has a new President-elect in Professor Shlomo Vinker of Israel.  We send congratulations to the new Executive Board.

WONCA Rural Health Conference 2019
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and the National Rural Health Association invite you to be a part of the 16th WONCA World Rural Health Conference Oct. 12-15 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Expand your knowledge of rural health best practices through interactive scientific programs and skill workshops. Learn the latest healthcare advances from experts in the field, keynotes and distinguished faculty. Network with other colleagues and friends pursuing the same worthy goal: to improve health care for all rural populations. To find out more, go to the WONCA website:

In addition, scholarships are now available to help offset the cost of attendance for the 16th WONCA World Rural Health Conference. More details are available at: