WONCA EMR News: August - September 2023

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From WONCA EMR President

As the President of the World Organization of Family Doctors Eastern Mediterranean Region (WON CA EMR), I am writing to you today to highlight an issue of paramount importance for our field: health equity.
Health disparities continue to persist in our region, preventing many individuals and communities from accessing the high-quality healthcare they deserve. This deeply concerns us as family physicians, as our fundamental principle is to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care to all individuals, irrespective of their background or socioeconomic status.
Addressing health disparities and promoting health equity requires a coordinated effort from healthcare providers, policymakers, and various stakeholders. We, as family doctors, have a unique position to make a significant impact on this issue. Therefore, I believe it is imperative that WON CA EMR takes a leadership role in advocating strategies that promote health equity in family medicine.
To accomplish this, we must focus on several key areas:

1. Decreasing Barriers to Healthcare: We need to identify and address the barriers that prevent individuals from accessing healthcare services, such as financial constraints, limited transportation, language barriers, and cultural differences. Promoting patient navigation programs, improving interpreter services, and implementing telemedicine initiatives are just a few strategies that can help overcome these barriers.
2. Improving Access to Underserved Populations: It is essential that family doctors reach out to underserved communities, such as rural populations, refugees, and migrants. We should strive to provide equitable healthcare services in these areas, fostering healthcare delivery models that ensure continuity of care, support preventive measures, and tackle chronic diseases by strengthening primary healthcare services.
3. Culturally Sensitive Care: We have a responsibility to provide culturally competent and sensitive care to individuals from diverse backgrounds. That includes understanding patients' cultural beliefs, practices, and values to effectively meet their healthcare needs. Training programs for family physicians should focus on enhancing cultural competency and promoting diversity in the healthcare workforce.

Through the establishment of task research collaborations, and educational initiatives, WONCA EMR aims to foster a robust dialogue on health equity within our region. By sharing best practices and innovative approaches, we can collectively work towards reducing health disparities and ensuring that every individual receives equitable healthcare.
In conclusion, I invite you and your esteemed member organization to join us in our efforts to promote health equity in family medicine. Together, we can make a difference and create a healthcare system that is truly inclusive, fair, and accessible for all.

Prof. Taghreed Farahat
Wonca EMR President

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