From the Editor: April 2022

Welcome to WONCA News April!

In this edition, we maintain our call for solidarity and continue to promote multiple ways to support Ukraine. We call on members to support key humanitarian relief organisations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), and UNFPA. Read how you can help here.

WONCA News April includes in our section From the President, a reflection by Dr Anna Stavdal on the importance of keeping mental health care as a priority in primary care agendas and on the value and potential pitfalls of diagnoses in this regard. You will also find an interesting article by Dr Bruno Kissling and Peter Ryser, “Relationship and trust as prerequisites of the medical consultation.” 

In this issue, you can also find a teaser of our World Family Doctor Day 2022 campaign, “Family Doctors, Always there to Care. We are on our way to this celebration, with new updates and materials coming very soon!

We are also happy to announce that the applications deadline for the Montegut Global Scholar Program has been extended to 2 May 2022! Read all the details and requirements for application here.

Are you planning to attend the WONCA Regional conferences for 2022 and 2023? In this edition, you will find more details, important dates, welcome messages and more! WONCA News April also includes information about the activities from our WONCA Regions and Special Interest Groups: the recent webinar A Practical Guide to Obesity Management: Webinar for European GPs; the ISN - KDIGO - WONCA Joint Webinar about CKD Early Identification and Intervention Toolkit, with the participation of the WONCA SIG in Non-communicable diseases; and the upcoming launch of ICOPE implementation pilot programme, approach in which the WONCA Special Interest Group in Ageing and Health has contributed.

We dedicate this edition to World Health Day 2022, under the theme “Our Planet, Our Health. On this occasion, the WONCA Working Party on Environment and Dr María Pilar Astier Peña share the article “One minute for our Planet”. 

I hope you enjoy this issue, and please remember that you can drop me a line (or an article!) at [email protected].

Happy reading, and stay safe!

María Dolores Zavala
WONCA Editor