Published on: 19 December 2019

From the President’s desk

Season’s greetings

The Academy wishes all our members a restful and restorative summer holiday season. For those celebrating Christmas, we wish you a Happy Christmas with friends and family. We look forward to working for you further in the New Year.

This is also a time of transition for many doctors  as newly qualified doctors become interns, interns become community service doctors, registrars finish their training and look for family physician posts. This is often a stressful time for senior doctors as they cope with the transitions, holidays and ongoing service delivery. This is also a time for retirement, another transition. I am aware that Prof Derek Hellenberg, the Head of Family Medicine at University of Cape Town, is retiring, although he remains the President of the College of Family Physicians until the end of his term. We wish him well in his transition.

Published on: 04 November 2019

In this newsletter:

1. From the President’s desk

2. Internship 2020

3. New SAAFP website launched

4. Reflections from the 23rd Rural Health Conference 2019

5. Wonca Africa News

6. Earn all your CEU’s free of charge each year

Published on: 14 October 2019


The South African Academy of Family Physicians is the professional body for family medicine in South Africa. Our membership (of over 600) includes mostly family physicians, but also registrars in training to become family physicians, as well as some general practitioners, medical officers and other primary care providers.

Dr Phaahla, the Deputy Minister of Health, addressed our national conference in August and invited us to give constructive feedback on the NHI Bill. The theme of the conference was “The primary health care team: roles and alignment to the ideals of NHI”.

We asked our member to provide feedback on the NHI Bill and to respond to three key questions:
Q1. Do you have any concerns regarding the implementation of NHI as outlined in the Bill?
Q2. Do you have any questions of clarification about NHI as described in the Bill?
Q3. Do you have any suggestions on how NHI could be implemented better?

Their answers to these questions were analysed with the help of Atlas-ti and are summarised below.

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Published on: 19 August 2019

Announcement – Passing of Prof Gboyega Adebola Ogunbanjo

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of a distinguished scholar, researcher, academic and senior academic administrator, Prof GA Ogunbanjo who died in the late hours of 17th August 2019 after an illness over the past few months.

Published on: 18 June 2019

The following commitment was published by WONCA Africa

Kampala Commitment 2019:

The commitment by family doctors to universal health coverage, primary health care and building the capacity of primary health care teams at scale in Africa.

Published on: 25 April 2019

In this newsletter:

1. From the President’s desk

2. 22nd National Family Practitioners Congress

3. Membership renewals 2019-2020

4. 6th WoncaAfrica Conference

5. Earn all your CEU’s free of charge each year

6. Op-Ed: Why fixing primary health care is crucial to making South Africa healthier

7. ICYMI: Wonca MOU with WHO


Published on: 9 April 2019

Why fixing primary health care is crucial to making South Africa healthier

Community workers are key to transforming health services and the well-being of communities. Bob Mash, Stellenbosch University

By some measures – healthy life expectancy, obesity and depression, among others – South Africa is the unhealthiest country on earth. That’s a sobering fact to consider. How has the country got here? To what extent can its unenviable position be regarded as a failure of primary health care?

Published on: 11 March 2019

WONCA Newsletter

WONCA, through our Working Party on the Environment, and in partnership with the Planetary Health Alliance, has developed and endorsed a document on planetary health – “Declaration calling for family doctors of the world to act on planetary health”. The document can be accessed at this link:

The declaration explains:

      • WHY we should be worried about this
      • WHAT effects it is having on the health of our patients
      • WHAT we as family doctors can DO to mitigate effects

We hope that you and your members will find the declaration useful and powerful as an advocacy tool

Published on: 19 February 2019

Survey of members

An online survey was conducted in 2018 to elicit the views of members on the work of their Academy. Respondents were asked about what issues the Academy should be tackling, what existing benefits they made use of and what they would like the Academy to do for them in future. Although only a relatively small number of members responded, I thought it was worth sharing the information that was obtained.

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