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Many countries have problems in attracting and retaining primary care workers in remote rural areas. This is not restricted to large countries; also small countries experience these problems.

The Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL)  is currently making a background report for WHO based on the literature on rural primary care. The aim of the report is to describe the problem definition, the causes of the problem, the consequences for access and quality of care and possible solutions.

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,

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Earlier this month on the 3rd of May the EFPC, together with their colleagues in the HTA Health Care Professionals group (EUPHA, PGEU, CPME, among others), was invited by Dr. Andriukaitis and his staff to discuss issues connected to the proposed new regulation regarding Health Technology Assessment in the European Union. On behalf of the EFPC, Diederik Aarendonk and Elena Petelos were present.

The proposal aims at improving the availability of innovative health technologies for EU patients (including pharmaceuticals and medical devices), the transparency of their assessment, at ensuring an efficient use of resources and strengthening the quality of HTA across the EU.In his introduction, he underlined several points: focus on clinical domains, transparency of all results, stakeholders involvement, mandatory for each member state, finances available to provide support to the system including the involvement of professional and patient representatives.

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 four 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. 

Health Information for All (HIFA) has become and Associated Member of the EFPC.HIFA (Healthcare Information For All) is a professional global health network working in collaboration with WHO. HIFA has more than 17,000 health workers, librarians, publishers, researchers and policymakers, committed to accelerate progress towards a world where every person has access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of others. HIFA members interact on five global email discussion forums in three languages (English, French, Portuguese).

We welcome them warmly and looking forward for a fruitful and lasting cooperation

For More information you can visit their website:

http://www.hifa.org/