EFPC Statement

February 28th 2022

With abhorrence, the European Forum for Primary Care (EFPC) has taken notice of the war against Ukraine. A humanitarian tragedy is unfolding for the people of Ukraine who lose home and health, and of whom many are forced to leave their country; also the people of Russia, who are forced into a war, will suffer from the consequences.

We urge upon all parties involved to respect human rights and lives at all times; to receive refugees with open arms and to allow access and support to health care workers and others who strive to help the wounded and ill, and preserve health as good as possible under these circumstances.

Our thoughts are especially with our colleagues in primary care who as doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, dentists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dentists or other profession in healthcare will have to perform their important work under difficult circumstances.

The European Forum for Primary Care will do everything it can to support these colleagues during these difficult times, in Ukraine, in Russia and everywhere refugees have to be cared for.

On behalf of the EFPC,

EFPC secretariat

  • Diederik Aarendonk, coordinator
  • Irene Cubells, coordination assistant

EFPC Executive Board

  • Maria van den Muijsenbergh, chair
  • Harry Longman, treasurer
  • Judith de Jong, member
  • Alessandro Mereu, member
  • Andrea Canini, member
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