From the Editor: March 2022

Welcome to WONCA News March!

In this edition, WONCA makes an important call for solidarity and urges members and member organizations to take action and support in Ukraine. Discover how can you help and read our statement on Ukraine here.

In this issue, WONCA President Anna Stavdal reflects on Primary Care as a fundamental piece to achieve Universal Health Coverage, the importance of collaborative relationships in primary care and the growing fragmentation of medical disciplines. Read the latest “From the President” entry titled “No man is an Island”, inspired by “Devotions upon Emergent Occasions” (John Donne, 1624).

The March edition of WONCA News is also dedicated to women around the world, especially to our Primary Care colleagues and female family doctors, for their crucial work in ensuring health for all. We honour them by bringing together stories, quotes and reflections of our WONCA President, Dr Anna Stavdal, our Working Parties, Special Interest Groups and multiple members of the WONCA family.

In our Featured Stories section, find a tribute to recently departed, Dr Salvador Tranche, President of semFYC (Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine); all the information about the 2022 Tyler Prize to Sir Andy Haines, WONCA Life Member; and the details on the Global launch of the Lancet-World Psychiatric Association Commission. As our Featured Doctor, meet Isti Ilmiati Fujiati, chairwoman of the Host Organizing Committee for The WONCA Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Bali, Indonesia, on December 8-10, 2022. 

Last but not least, we are happy to announce the theme for World Family Doctor Day 2022.

Join this year’s campaign: “Family Doctors, Always there to Care”. In the coming months, we will share more information about #WFDD2022, and a toolkit with the materials to join this campaign. Stay tuned!

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!