Newsletter 15
April 2022
A digest of successful transformation stories, news and other resources available on
The Primary Health Care: Health Systems, Communities and the Planet 

Health for all can only be achieved in a healthy planet that serves everyone equitably.  Primary Health Care, the most inclusive, equitable and cost-effective approach to achieve Universal Health Coverage, connects communities with systems that are centred on their needs and preferences and addresses the factors affecting their health and well-being such as water and sanitation issues, pollution and more.

Find out how this approach can help mobilise health systems and communities to build healthy, people-centred societies that foster environmental sustainability and leave no one behind.   

Learn more and watch the video

The Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing Primary Health Care: Putting People at the Centre 

PHC is widely recognised as a key component of all high-performing health systems and is an essential foundation of universal health coverage. Yet, in many places of the world, public funding for PHC is insufficient, inequitable and of poor quality.

In this report, the Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing PHC addresses technical and political economy considerations involved in strengthening financing for PHC, and highlights the need for all countries to invest more and invest better in PHC.

Access the Executive Summary

WONCA World Rural Health Conference 2022

Join WONCA World family doctors for this in-person conference, where the theme "Improving Health, Empowering Communities" will explore how communities can be, and are, empowered to improve their own health and the health of those around them.

WONCA World Rural Health Conference, to take place next 17th to 20th June 2022, at the University of Limerick (in the Shannon Region, on Ireland’s breathtaking West Coast) will provide a unique crossroads for a diverse community of researchers, creators, educators and practitioners which will translate into positive and resilient change for the health of rural communities.


Launch of the Learning Module "Chronic Disease Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities"

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the largest and most rapid disruption to the practices and training of family physicians. It has revealed gaps in the capacity of our health care systems, but it has also led to a surge in resiliency, innovation, and gained experience as primary care providers and educators adapt to this new paradigm.

The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine introduces the FM Pivot Educational Initiative, developed by a team of global Besrour Centre partners to help family physicians and family medicine educators prepare for similar challenges in the future within their own contexts.

The learning module “Chronic Disease Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities” is now available for free here.  This online module aims to apply practical knowledge to improve the quality and efficiency of care in managing chronic diseases during the pandemic.


Framework for Countries to Achieve an integrated Continuum of Long-Term Care 

This framework, developed by the World Health Organization, provides an overview of the key aspects necessary to achieve an integrated continuum of long-term care service provision and to facilitate the integration of long-term services within existing health and social care systems.  

The framework, which also presents the challenges faced by the Member States, will help countries develop and shape their long-term care systems as part of their universal health coverage programmes and promote investment in long-term care and the health workforce, including carers.

Transforming Health Care: Stories of Changemakers Across the World

Learning from stories of transformation. This film, created from the true stories of health workers, patients and activists from the different parts of the world, captures the complexity as well as the simplicity of a wide range of interventions and practices that were being successfully implemented and making a difference within health systems.

Change can be triggered by anyone. The intention of the film is to amplify the small changes that people have initiated, and thereby hopefully give confidence to others to do the same.

Do you want to find out how the film was made? How the stories have turned into a script and film?  



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