World Family Doctor Day May 19, 2019
World Family Doctor Day (FDD) is celebrated on May 19 every year to highlight the role and contribution of family doctors in health care systems around the world. It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the central role of family physicians in the delivery of personal, comprehensive and continuing health care for all their patients. It’s also a chance to celebrate the progress being made in family medicine and the special contributions of family doctors globally.
The FDD was first declared by WONCA (World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians/ World Organization of Family Doctors) in 2010.
The theme for FDD 2019 is “Family doctors – caring for you for the whole of your life.”
This theme emphasizes that family doctors have pivotal role in childhood illness management to palliative and end of life care, thus they provide life- long care to their patients – “from cradle to grave”. Family medicine is an art based on the values of compassion, friendship and humility. Using m-Health and eHealth, young family doctors are providing health care in most innovative ways.
Family doctors have always been the backbone of health care. They can provide comprehensive, compassionate, and people-centred care in achieving the goal of universal health coverage; a visionary decision taken by the Government of India in the form of “Ayushman Bharat Programme”.
Facts about family doctors:
Family physicians can provide quality and cost-effective healthcare; their close contact with society can be helpful in management of non-communicable diseases and also for strengthening of preventive and promoting health related activities in the community. Because of these qualities, family doctors can add value to systems of primary health care.