Our spring EFPC symposium in Canterbury had promised sunshine and daffodils.

Instead the long-awaited event was hindered by some of the coldest weather in Europe. Snow closed airports and train stations as the ‘Beast from the East' gave new meaning to English sub-zero temperatures.  Nonetheless, intrepid pilgrims trekked from Europe - and as far away as Brazil - to join in discussions on how we can integrate health care systems to bring communities closer to primary care, and improve health outcomes for some of the most vulnerable in society.

Dear EFPC members,

We would like to inform you that for our upcoming EFPC General Assembly, which will take place on the 24th of September in Crete, there are three positions available within our Advisory Board. The EFPC invites members interested in joining the Board for the next three years to come up with a nomination and submit your interest!

If you would like to know more about what it means to become an EFPC Advisory Board, please have a look at the following document ! Also, you can also check our webpage to have a look at our actual Board composition.

If you are interested in this call, you should fill in the nomination form  and send it back to us together with your CV to the EFPC secretariat: (info@euprimarycare.org) before July 31, 2018.

In 2018, 40 years after the Declaration of Alma-Ata, Member States, people, civil society and international development partners will come to togehter to renew commitments to strengthening primary health care to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.  Collective pledge and action are required in order to achieve this goal. In this inclusive spirit, WHO calls for comments of all stakeholders on the new Declaration on primary health care. (You can read the draft of the declaration here)

Primary health care is celebrating a big birthday this year, marking 40 years since the signing of the Declaration of Alma-Ata. On this occasion, the WHO European Regional Office journal Public Health Panorama* will publish a special issue on primary health care: putting principles in practice towards universal health coverage. 

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