Wonca: World Organisation of Family Doctors

The Mission of WONCA is to improve the quality of life of the peoples of the world through defining and promoting its values, including respect for universal human rights and including gender equity, and by fostering high standards of care in general practice/family medicine by:

  • promoting personal, comprehensive and continuing care for the individual and the family in the context of the community and society;
  • promoting equity through the equitable treatment, inclusion and meaningful advancement of all groups of people, particularly women and girls, in the context of all health care and other societal initiatives;
  • encouraging and supporting the development of academic organizations of general practitioners/family physicians;
  • providing a forum for exchange of knowledge and information between Member Organizations and between general practitioners/family physicians; and
  • representing the policies and the educational, research and service provision activities of general practitioners/family physicians to other world organizations and forums concerned with health and medical care

For more information:  http://www.globalfamilydoctor.com

 The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH)

We are an international organization that fosters equitable community-oriented health services, education and research with the goal of improving health locally and globally. We convene innovative health care organizations, universities, community institutions, and thought leaders from all over the world. We host an annual international conference, common agenda forums and symposiums and a MEDLINE indexed journal, Education for Health. Current topics of concern include: Social Accountability and Accreditation; Interprofessional Education and Team Based Care; Population Health; and Community Approaches to Engage and Serve Remote and Rural Health, Indigenous, Refugees and Migrants, Women and Ageing Populations.

For more information: http://www.thenetworktufh.org

European Forum For Primary Care

The basic aim of the Forum is to improve the European population’s health by promoting strong Primary Care. This is done by monitoring the state of Primary Care in the European countries, by collecting information on conditions that matter for strong Primary Care, and by exchanging experiences. The Forum supports PHC services at local or regional level, influences (health) policies at national and international level (EU, WHO) and supports research.
The Forum connects three groups of interested parties: the health care field, health policy makers, and the producers and evaluators of health care information. These interested parties work at three levels: the local or district level, the national level, and the supra-national level.
By linking policy practice and research the Forum intends to stimulate policy making based on vision and evidence as much as it intends to support PC practice oriented towards quality and equity.

For more information:  http://www.euprimarycare.org

African Forum for Primary Health Care

We, as health workers on the frontlines of Primary Care (PC) services in health systems of Africa and supporters of the Primary Health Care (PHC) approach, are committed to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) in Africa. However, it is very easy for UHC to be seen as a financial solution without the required reform in PC service delivery. The centrality of PHC to UHC efforts may become lip service especially when frontline PC worker voices are ignored in Africa. We feel that there is a serious risk of African UHC becoming directed towards specialist and hospital services focused on vocal city elites, rather than PC services and PHC approach that serves the often-silent masses, especially in rural communities.

We welcome the UHC Declaration, adopted at the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage in New York on 23rd September 2019, for Clause 37 under “Strengthen PHC for UHC”. However, it does not specifically address human resources for PC services, specifically the need for everyone to have access to well-trained health workers in their first contact with health care.  Overly-simplistic solutions for PC services through vertical disease-based approaches are not sustainable. We welcome the move by WHO towards PC services that are integrated, continuous and people-centred. We know that there is a human resource shortage in Africa and believe strongly in the need for teamwork. This must include family doctors, clinical officers/associates, nurses (including advanced-trained nurses and midwives), public health professionals, community health workers and many others in a PC/PHC team-based approach to well-defined populations that builds accountable care for the people of Africa. We are all committed to innovatively building the capacity of PC/PHC teams at scale in Africa.

We plan to bring together the leadership of ALL health workers at the coalface in African primary care and ensure that we ALL have a voice in policy on PC/PHC in Africa. We hope to develop an African Forum for Primary Health Care (AfroPHC) as the voice of the PC/PHC team and its supporters, sharing and supporting each other in advocating for PHC. The European Forum for Primary Care serves as a useful example and a possible supporting organisation.

For more information: http://www.afrophc.org

PRIMAFAMED – network

The vision of PRIMAFAMED is to improve the accessibility and quality of health care and to establish more equitable and locally suited primary health care systems as this is the most accessible and comprehensive level of health care with the potential to make the greatest impact on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

PRIMAFAMED is an international institutional network that aims to develop and strengthen family medicine higher education and training through capacity building, curricula enhancement and academic research development. Due attention is paid to inter-professional training and training of other professionals in primary health care, such as nurses, mid-level care workers and community health workers. The network pursues a strategy of South-South-North cooperation.

For more information:   https://primafamed.sun.ac.za

THEnet:  Training for Health Equity Network

Our Principles

  • Education, research, and service programs are designed to meet the health and social needs of underserved communities.
  • Students are selected from the communities that have the greatest health needs.
  • Programs are located in or near the communities they serve.
  • A significant part of the learning experience takes place in primary care settings.
  • The curriculum integrates basic, clinical, population, and social science, including the social determinants of health.
  • Teaching methods are student-centered and service-based, emphasizing teamwork and benefiting from information technology.
  • Schools recruit and train community-based practitioners as teachers and mentors.
  • Programs emphasize a commitment to public service, with faculty members serving as role models.
  • Social accountability is reflected across all departments and in the commitment from school leadership.

For more information:  http://www.thenetcommunity.org

WHO Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Health Care – Ghent University


To support WHO’s development of global goods (norms, standards, guidelines) on primary care and

family medicine.


Knowledge generation and management in the area of public health services, primary care and their

integration under WHO leadership.


Provide technical assistance at the request of WHO to promote primary care-based health systems,

as appropriate at regional or country level.


Assist WHO by providing expertise in the training of family physicians and inter-professional

collaboration in primary care.

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