Besrour Year In Review

It is our pleasure to send you our Year in Review Report for the year 2021. The idea of the Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine was born out of the tragedies of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur Sudan that began in 2003, the Banda Aceh tsunami in Indonesia in 2004 and the Haitian earthquake of 2010.

Since the official opening of the Besrour Centre in 2015, we have matured both as a discipline and as a centre. Today, not only do we advocate for family medicine and its role in improving patient care, but also for the models of care throughout the health system that are based on family medicine principles. Over the last six years, our focus has shifted from building family medicine capacity in low- and middle-income countries to studying and promoting family medicine-led models around the world.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of our work. It continues to highlight that global problems require global solutions—it is not just an urgent moral issue, it’s a global public health issue. The pandemic also highlighted gaps in and between health systems around the world. Capacity has been stretched everywhere, revealing areas where access remains problematic, and where integration at the system level is still lacking. At the same time, it revealed incredible innovation and perseverance.

As the pandemic continues to vacillate between infectious and chronic impacts, improved integration and the adaptability of family medicine will be key in all health system contexts, including Canada. All of Besrour Centre’s initiatives are exploring or demonstrating how family doctors are leading at this time. Our collective journey highlights that capacity building takes time and determination. To continue this work, we need your ongoing engagement, partnership, and help. We are deeply appreciative of the funding provided by the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM) and all our partners that helps fuel our work. As always, we are indebted to Dr. Sadok Besrour for his vision and perennial support to build the Centre.

Together, we are a vibrant network of community-based leaders and partners that continue to learn from one another. Our collective effortsare strengthening family medicine-led models that are at the heart of health systems around the world and, in turn, improve equitable access to care.

Warm regards,

David Ponka, MD CM, CCFP(EM), FCFP, MSc
Director | Directeur
The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine | Le Centre Besrour pour la médecine familiale mondiale
The College of Family Physicians of Canada |
Le Collège des médecins de famille du Canada
1(905) 629-0900 ext | poste 398

Collaborators for TUFH 2023

The network unity for health(TUF) has opened it’s portal for submission of abstract for TUFH 2023 at Dubai under the following themes and sub-themes. Those interested to collaborate on working on abstract(s) should let me know.

Beyond Boundaries: Health Equity through a Culture of Learning
TUFH 2023 Subthemes
How the Community learns
How Healthcare Practitioners learn
How Students learn
How Policymakers learn

Areas of interest for TUFH 2023

Revamping Health for All through Interprofessional Education, Collaboration, Training, and Practice
Becoming Socially Accountable Institutions
Raising Social Accountability Awareness
Expanding Global and Local Pandemic Preparedness
Assessing Technology Evolutions in Health
Taking Noncommunicable Diseases Seriously
Enriching Community Based Education
Strengthening the Health Workforce Team
Reinforcing Women’s Health
Improving Access to Healthcare
Engaging Policymakers
Producing Student Leaders
Enhancing health and Digital Literacy
“One Health”
Upgrading Innovative Teaching Methods, including Interactive ways of Learning
Building on Strengths in responding to Climate Change from the Village to the Globe
Looking at integrated Community Care
Promoting Healthy Ageing
Ameliorating Child Health

Mooki Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 2

We are sharing the second issue of Mooki newsletter of the Lesotho Nurses Association. For the success of our newsletter, please feel free to share your stories, articles, events, interviews, and any developments in Lesotho Nursing and Midwifery with the editor (contacts provided in this issue). The editorial team will highly appreciate feedback on how to improve the Newsletter…!!!


LeBoHA’s June Newsletter

A Message from the CEO
During my recent trip to the United States in May, I was honored to accept on behalf of LeBoHA the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) 2022 Innovative Program Award. The meeting in Indianapolis was a good opportunity to reconnect with many former students, residents and faculty who had previously traveled to Lesotho to work with LeBoHA. We also were able to make a presentation describing LeBoHA’s work over the last nearly 20 years. It was an honor to discuss our work with many family physicians with extensive global health who were so complementary of LeBoHA’s accomplishments. We also networked with other successful Family Medicine programs and learned new strategies to help LeBoHA grow. We also had fun presenting a Basotho hat to the president of STFM and dancing to Lesotho music while we were on the stage!…more