WHO EMRO video on family practice

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office has produced an advocacy video on family practice. Prof Michael Kidd, WONCA President, was invited to provide some words from WONCA for inclusion in the video, which also includes family doctors from across the region. The video will be used as part of the advocacy for the family practice model by the WHO in the region, including at the regional council for health ministers. The family practice model has proved to be one of the successful approaches to improve the access to quality primary health care services and achieve the universal health coverage.

The strategy aims to increase access through developing integrated care, to define a package of services and train motivated health teams to ensure high quality services. For these reasons, every country should adopt the Family Practice model in their own country context. Family practice is person focused not disease focused, family practice is defined as health care services provided through teams led by a family physician.