My Future for WONCA

Vision

To strengthen Family Medicine and guide WONCA to being a major worldwide contributor to equity and justice in health.

Mission outcome

For WONCA to be the most trusted primary health care organization in the world.

What I hope to achieve

Many of my goals are tied to work I have been doing for the last thirty years.

How can WONCA contribute to equity and justice in health? By collaborating with countries, policy makers, the public and private sectors, and community stakeholders to affect positive change for the populations we serve. Creating strategies to mitigate health inequities, guiding the development of strong primary health care, that is comprehensive and person, family, and community-centered.

Equity and Justice in health, to me, means that we, as society learn to confront the root causes of health inequities in the distribution of diseases and illness, providing everyone a fair and just opportunity to be healthy. In the provision of that opportunity, we include equitable access to health care, including in rural and remote places, and a “health in all policies” approach. We engage with policymakers and health officials in developing policies and programs that benefit the health of communities. Accessible primary health care, means a family doctor team for every family and community.

That as educators we become aware of bias and patterns of discrimination, and create strategies for improving the health of groups that have been historically marginalized, and we teach and role-model this approach in all health-related educational programs. That we work to atract students to Family Medicine as their first choice, and train them to become excellent clinicias, comprehensivists and upstreamists in their communities.

That as leaders during a pandemic we demand that all heathcare teams are protected from harm and armed with appropiate preventive and safety measures, and that we watch and help each other throughout all regions in the world for equitable access to vaccines and personal protective equipment.

That we continue to advocate for public, economic, private and health systems’ support of family doctors doing their work, with fair pay, and appropiate working and living conditions, in urban, suburban, rural and remote locations.

We must look inwardly at our own organizational equity and develop strategies to address economic, gender, language, geographic, broadband and pandemic inequities affecting WONCA, starting with the creation of an organizational equity committee in each region.

I hope to work with WONCA President Dr Anna Stavdal, the newly elected WONCA executive, and WONCA’s CEO and administrative secretariat to strengthen our organization, strategically planning the growth of our budget through a diverse portfolio.

I wish to continue to engage the expertise of our working party and special interest groups, young doctor movement leaders, and member organizations in the development of our statements to WHO, and prepare presentations that our members can adapt to their settings to communicate to decision and policy makers.  Throughout the last 20 years WONCA has made a series of excellent policy statements, as those found here, that together with those presented to WHO in the past, show many of our beliefs and values. One of my goals would be to leverage our collective wisdom, looking at these policy statements and craft together future WONCA messages and presentations that will represent us at the World Health Organization and the United Nations, Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 (CSEM), World Federation of Public Health Associations, Global Coalition for Circulatory Health, other colleague organizations, and policy makers, nationally, regionally and globally.

I hope to develop a WONCA consulting service for governments and private organizations and health systems willing to invest in primary health care.  The Declaration of Astana, found here, envisions, “Primary health care and health services that are high quality, safe, comprehensive, integrated, accessible, available and affordable for everyone and everywhere, provided with compassion, respect and dignity by health professionals who are well-trained, skilled, motivated and committed”. This description of primary health care fits what we call “Family Medicine”. It is our opportunity to advise on how these services are developed, how family doctors are trained and should be trained, and andvocate for fair pay for the work of family doctors and their teams.  We are the experts in comprehensive primary healthcare.

I hope to develop a “WONCA Leadership and Advocacy Academy”, training our membership, young doctors and our PHC teams into strong advocates that will be more likely to influence local health system, state and national government policy to create real change at all levels.

With your support, I hope to see WONCA move the needle on what is possible with improving the human condition through Family Medicine.

Thank you for your vote of confidence,