Dr Patrick O’Donnell is a Clinical Fellow at the University of Limerick and works on the Partnership for Health Equity project. Last week he attended WONCA Europe 2015 Congress as the recipient of the 2015 WONCA Europe Montegut Scholarship
Nobody could have predicted the desperate state in Syria when the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA) Europe Conference for 2015 was awarded to the Turkish Family Medicine Organisation (TAHUD) a few years ago. Few could also have predicted that Turkey would be at the very centre of a mass exodus of people not seen in Europe since the Second World War. According to the UNHCR as of September 2015 the country now finds itself providing refuge to an estimated 2 million Syrians fleeing conflict and destitution. I have heard the current situation being described as a ‘stress test’ of the European values of solidarity and collegiality, ...continue reading
Victoria Tkachenko, MD, PhD is Associate Professor in the Family Medicine Department at P.L. Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Kiev, Ukraine
The history of General Practice/Family Medicine in Ukraine began in 1988 - in that year a pilot project of implementing health system based on family medicine was started in the Lviv region. This led, inevitably, to the creation a new specialty – “general practice – family medicine” for doctors and nurses, with new departments and new approaches to training.
One of the key figures in this development was Professor E. Zaremba from Lviv National Medical University. With the success of this project, family medicine spread throughout Ukraine creating a need for teachers and, as a result, educational departments of family medicine began to appear in medical universities from 1996. These departments also undertook research, some of which was in primary care. One of first such departments was organized in 1996 by Prof. G. Lysenko, my teacher, at the P.L. Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, through reorganization of the Internal Diseases Department. ...continue reading
Raquel Braga is a family doctor at Lagoa Family Health Unit, Matosinhos Local Health Unit, Portugal.
A massive 3761 participants from all over the world attended the 19th WONCA Europe Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, from July 2nd to 5th 2014, including 1203 young family doctors/GPs and 120 undergraduate students. The conference offered an interesting and stimulating programme, searching answers for pertinent questions that involve the activity of family doctors/general practitioners from different countries and contexts, looking to solve the daily problems of the present, and thinking about the future of this specialty.
Delegates could participate in five brilliant keynote lectures, 202 sessions, 100 workshops and 445 oral presentations as well as peruse 1041 posters.
I’m really proud to say that, although Portugal is overcoming a severe economic crisis, the event was magnificent and very well organized. ...continue reading