World Organization of Family Doctors
The World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA, see www.globalfamilydoctor.com) recognizes the severe burden of NCDs in our communities and the people we care for, NCDs are the number one cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, claiming more than 36 million lives each year.
WONCA supports the focus on prevention of NCDs through multisector collaboration, but worry that there is not enough emphasis on the role of people-centered primary health care and UHC to address the prevention and control, as well as the diagnosis and management of people suffering from NCDs.
The family doctor
• Partners with the patient, family, and community to improve health through disease prevention and health promotion
• Uses quality markers to evaluate the care of patients with chronic conditions,
• Uses registries to manage patient and population health,
• Leads care teams to consistently and appropriately manage patients with chronic conditions and comorbidities.
• Facilitates patients’ and families’ efforts at self-management of their chronic conditions, including the use of community resources and services.
• Uses experience with patients and evidence-based medicine in population management of patients living with chronic conditions
WONCA believes that member states must increase investment in the training and education of a primary care workforce able to address NCDs. This means ensuring medical graduates train in primary care and enter family medicine. Funds should be committed to researching the care of people from NCDs at the primary health care level. Primary care teams, which include family doctors, are essential for the delivery of good quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, coordinated, continuous, person-centered primary care in high, middle and low-income countries alike.
PHC teams can play a major role in alleviating the global burden of NCDs.