It’s a great pleasure to announce the 17th WONCA World Rural Health Conference (WRHC 2020) to be held in Dhaka from 15th - 18th April 2020. This is an international event that will see delegates from around the world inspiring and exchanging ideas on the latest developments and challenges in rural family practice and rural and remote health generally.
On behalf of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), it gives me great pleasure to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Primary Care & Rural Health Bangladesh (PCRHB) for hosting the 17th WONCA Rural Health Conference (WRHC 2020) in collaboration with WONCA Rural South Asia (WORSA) in Dhaka from 15 - 18th April 2020. The theme "Achieving Rural Universal Health Coverage Through Community Approach" is a most appropriate one following the Astana Declaration last year reiterating Primary Health Care to achieve Universal Health Coverage I am sure the conference will provide a great learning opportunity for Family Doctors to exchange views and to learn from each other. I look forward to the sharing by experts on how to integrate family doctors into primary health care approaches for rural health care delivery. We wish to learn how to encourage community participation and to include a multisectoral approach to health care and health promotion in rural communities. Colleagues in Bangladesh has been active in supporting the work of WONCA. welcome you all to Dhaka and wish the WRHC 2020 every success.
President World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)
I am delighted that Bangladesh has won the right to host the 2020 WONCA Rural Health Conference! Having lived and worked in Bangladesh from 2000 to 2003 1 am well aware of the special health challenges of the country, most especially among its large rural communities, and so it is highly appropriate that the conference should be held in such an environment, I applaud WONCA's Working Party on Rural Practice for awarding this event to you. Bangladesh is a very beautiful country, with warm and welcoming people, and I recommend the conference to everyone with an interest in rural issues. I'm sure the programme will include many of the key topics which need to be discussed and debated and I look forward to attending in person to meet with old friends and to meeting many new ones. Good luck with the event.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)
Rural Wonca is proud to announce that our 17th Wonca World Rural Health Conference in being hosted by Bangladesh in Dhaka. Rural Wonca is about better health for ALL rural people. We need generalist rural family doctors working with other broadly skilled health professionals in all countries. Our particular emphasis in this is helping low- and middle-income countries. Rural WONCA have been working closely with the WHO and other agencies towards achieving this. Primary Care and Rural Health Bangladesh, who have organised the conference, are one of the most enthusiastic groups I have seen apply to host this annual conference. They promise a wonderful conference with the chance to embrace the Bangladesh welcome, the culture and learn about their challenges and achievements. This conference celebrates 25 years since the publication of our first Rural Wonca policy Training for Rural Practice. The lead author of the policy, Professor Roger Strasser, Founding Dean of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine will reflect on the remarkable progress in that 25 years and look at the areas that still need concentrated effort. Please support Rural Wonca and Primary Care and Rural Health Bangladesh by attending what will be an exuberant and productive conference.
Chair Rural WONCA, The WONCA Working Part on Rural Practice
Professor of Rural Health Founding Dean Emeritus Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Lakehead and Laurentian Universities Canada
Between 2002 and 2019, Professor Roger Strasser was NOSM Founding Dean and CEO. He is a leader in the global reform of health professional education. Recognizing the importance of context and community in medical education and research, Professor Strasser has become one of the world’s foremost authorities on rural, socially accountable medical education, and a sought-after speaker and advisor. Prior to moving to Northern Ontario in 2002, Roger Strasser was Professor of Rural Health and Head of the Monash University School of Rural Health in Australia and had an international role with the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) as Chair of the Working Party on Rural Practice from 1992-2004.More Speaker
✓ Family Physician
✓ General Practitioner
✓ Public and Community Health
✓ Social Worker
✓ Paramedical Staff
✓ Rehabilitation Doctor & Physiotherapist
✓ Family Medicine Resident
✓ Medical Student
✓ Over the course of four days, attendees will have a wide range of sessions to choose from World renowned experts will be invited for state of the art plenary and special session lectures. In addition, numerous workshops. oral and poster presentations highlighting the latest and most cutting-edge research will be prominently featured in this exciting scientific agenda.
✓ With over more then 500 participants expected to convene in Dhaka, 17th WONCA World Rural Health Conference 2020 offers a unique platform and the opportunity for you to network with a truly international audience
✓ Do not miss this opportunity to learn from and meet an exceptional group of international faculty.
✓ Freely access to the exhibition running alongside the conference and gain in- sights into the latest product information and trends.
✓ Earn CME credits.
✓ Plenary Lectures
✓ Special Sessions & State of the Art Lectures
✓ Workshops & Symposia
✓ Oral Presentations
✓ Poster Presentations
✓ Sponsored Symposia
✓ Industry Exhibition
Last Date Extended till 15th February 2020
Last Date: January 31, 2020
From February 01, 2020 to March 15, 2020
Dhaka experiences a hot, wet and humid tropical climate. Under the Köppen climate classification, Dhaka has a tropical wet and dry climate. The city has a distinct monsoonal season, with an annual average temperature of 25 °C (77 °F) and monthly means varying between 18 °C (64 °F) in January and 29 °C (84 °F) in August. Nearly 80% of the annual average rainfall of 1,854 millimetres (73.0 in) occurs during the monsoon season which lasts from May until the end of September.Increasing air and water pollution emanating from traffic congestion and industrial waste are serious problems affecting public health and the quality of life in the city. Water bodies and wetlands around Dhaka are facing destruction as these are being filled up to construct multi-storied buildings and other real estate developments. Coupled with pollution, such erosion of natural habitats threatens to destroy much of the regional biodiversity
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A visit to Dhaka provides an opportunity that’s not to be missed – a chance to learn something of the history and culture of Bangladesh. Visitors may find their schedule during a congress leave little opportunity for wider exploration of what Bangladesh has to offer.Read more
Dhaka has a very wide range of places to stay, accommodating all budget types, From luxurious five-star hotels and business hotels to simple but economical one-star accommodation.Read more
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