Message from WONCA

Message from WONCA President

Dear Dr. M. Tariq Aziz,
On behalf of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), it gives me great pleasure to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Pakistan Society of Family Physicians on the occasion of the WONCA South Asia Regional and PSFP Conference on 22-24th  November 2019 in Lahore.

The theme of the Conference : Primary Care - Complete Health Care is most appropriate following the Astana Declaration last year reiterating Primary Health Care to achieve Universal Health Coverage.

The annual conference will provide continuing medical education and continuous professional development as well as increase awareness of the public about family medicine. Family physicians require regular updating of skills and knowledge to assure the delivery of safe services of high quality. Over the past years , the Pakistan Society of Family Physicians (PSFP) is moving from strength to strength. Sharing the vision of WONCA, the Society is committed to provide training of the future generations of family doctors maintaining the highest standard of patient care.

May I congratulate the Society on its remarkable accomplishment. On this auspicious occasion with so many prominent leaders and dignitaries attending the conference , I wish the Society continuous success in the years ahead.

With warmest regards,

March 19th, 2019
Professor Donald Li
President of World Organizat ion of Family Doctors (WONCA)


Message from WONCA SAR President

Dear colleagues and friends 
Greetings from New Delhi, India  

It is indeed a matter of great pleasure to know that the Pakistan Society of Family Physicians is organising the WONCA South Asia Regional Conference in Lahore, Pakistan, from 22-24 November 2019 . The theme of the conference is very apt - "Primary Care - Complete Health Care". 

Home to one-quarter of world's population, south Asia is a high-priority region for many public health concerns. South Asia is not only linked through geographical boundary but also together shares some common history, heritage, climate, and cultural affinity. Seventy percent of the South Asian population and about 75% of south Asia's poor live in rural areas and most rely on agricultural activities for their livelihood. The rapid shifts in disease burden place poor people in low- and middle-income countries at high risk of not having access to appropriate services and incurring payments for healthcare that push them deeper into poverty.

I am sure that the scientific program and deliberations at the conference will be of great academic benefit for the participants.  I send my best wishes to all family medicine students, practitioners and teachers.  I am looking forward to join you all in the celebration of family medicine and primary care in the South Asia Region at the forthcoming WONCA conference. 

March 12th, 2019 
Dr Raman Kumar
President Academy of Family Physicians of India
President WONCA (World Organisation of Family Doctors) South Asia