Primary Health Care International Conference

Primary Health Care International Conference: The Essential Role of Primary Health Care for Health Security and Securing Health Conference

WONCA representatives will join the upcoming Primary Health Care International Conference. The event will be held on July 19-20, 2023, at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.

Among the attendees from WONCA will be Dr. Anna Stavdal, the President of WONCA, and WONCA CEO, Dr. Harris Lygidakis. Joining them will be Dr. Jeff Markuns, the Regional President for WONCA North America, and Prof. Jacqueline Ponzo, Regional President for WONCA Iberoamericana – CIMF.

This conference marks an important milestone, taking place nearly five years after the Declaration of Astana, and will focus on advancing Primary Health Care as a priority for national health security and the well-being of people around the world, both in developed and developing countries.

The two-day meeting will serve as a platform for exchanging ideas and facilitating essential discussions. It aligns with the launch of the U.S. Secretary’s Primary Health Care Action Plan and NASEM's primary care advisory committee. Furthermore, the conference will explore the role of the United States in partnering with other developed countries to enhance primary health care worldwide and learn from the innovations implemented in various nations.

 WONCA President, Dr. Anna Stavdal, expressed her enthusiasm for advocating the significance of primary care in this event.  Dr Stavdal underscored the importance of the "30 by 2030 Campaign," a global initiative launched by WONCA and its partners in 2020. "I will promote the “30 by 2030 Campaign” launched by WONCA and partners in 2020:  encouraging “the development, integration and implementation of vertical programmes, including disease-specific programmes, in the context of integrated primary health care.”.

"Individual health security is about global security. Stabilizing healthcare locally contributes to stabilize healthcare globally and is necessary to reach Health for All”,  the main goal for our unified , global efforts", stated Dr Stavdal.

We are honored to engage in a valuable collaboration with esteemed partners for this important occasion, including the Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO), the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), and Resolve to Save Lives.