I am delighted to extend a cordial invitation to all of you for the Wonca '24 South Asia Regional Conference, coinciding with the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka. This prestigious event is scheduled to take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from May 3rd to 5th, 2024.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Prof Karen Flegg, President of Wonca, and Dr Harris Lygidakis, CEO Wonca, for granting us the honor of hosting this significant gathering in Sri Lanka.
Our organizing committee, with unwavering dedication, has left no stone unturned to ensure your visit is not only memorable but also rewarding. Under the leadership of Prof Shyamalee Samaranayaka, the Scientific Committee has meticulously crafted a program that encompasses experts from member nations and around the globe, catering to a diverse audience. Simultaneously, the Social Committee, led by Dr Pushpa Weerasinghe, has spared no effort to arrange unforgettable social events, infused with the renowned hospitality of Sri Lanka.
I am confident that you will not only appreciate the warm hospitality of Sri Lanka but also be captivated by its beautiful landscapes, rich cultural diversity, and the renowned flavours of our culinary arts.
Looking forward to your presence at this momentous event, where we aim to blend intellectual stimulation with the vibrant spirit of Sri Lankan culture.
SEE YOU ALL IN COLOMBO
DR K SRI RANJAN
PRESIDENT - WONCA SAR
SECRETARY GENERAL - WONCA SAR CONFERENCE 2024
It is with great pleasure that I wish to welcome Prof Karen Flegg, President of WONCA and Dr Harris Lygidakis, CEO WONCA to o ur beautiful island and all other participants to the WONCA, South Asian Regional Conference 2024 to be held in Sri Lanka.
The College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka (CGPSL) has a long history with WONCA and this will be the third instance where the South Asian Regional Conference is held in Sri Lanka with CGPSL, the most recent being in 2016 and previously in 2005. This year is very special to us all as the CGPSL is celebrating our 50 th anniversary.
I along with my colleagues of CGPSL wish to thank whole heartedly Dr. K Sri Ranjan, President, WONCA SAR, Secretary General Organizing Committee, WONCA SAR 2024 and his organizing team for the time and effort contributed to make this event a success.
The mission of WONCA and CGPSL are rooted on the common foundation of striving to improve the quality of life of the people through high standards of care in general practice/family medicine. The CGPSL has been over the years initiated and executed many projects and programs towards fulfilling this mission. Programs such as CPD program, Newsletter, Distance education platform, Patient safety initiatives are noteworthy. The CGPSL play a major advocacy/advisory role in building systems locally and regionally which is laying the foundation for generations of our patients to benefit from quality primary care based on the principles of Family Medicine with a local and regional flavor.
I am in no doubt the WONCA, South Asian Regional Conference 2024 will further enhance and add value to the GP community in Sri Lanka for the betterment of the health and quality of life of our fellow citizens.
Dr. D K D MATHEW
PRESIDENT COLLEGE OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS
OF SRI LANKA.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Family doctors are unique. The knowledge about individuals, families, and communities, gained through years of continuing care put family physicians in the leading role of patient centred care. In a time of rising epidemic of NCDs with aging populations and global economic crisis, the value of primary care has become more than ever in providing appropriate care in a sustainable and a cost-effective way. Apart from being clinicians, family physicians act as leaders and educators.
The WONCA SAR 2024 is aiming to strengthen the family physician's performance in the region through meticulously planned scientific programme. Plenaries, guest lectures, symposia, sharing of good practices, research findings will update the knowledge and practice and will inspire all to become better clinicians. More than that, in keeping with our theme "Celebrating family medicine-Nurturing our values across the region", we expect everyone to be caring practitioners, better human beings. I firmly believe that this Congress will provide invaluable opportunities to facilitate high quality professional development. I look forward to welcoming all of you in Sri Lanka for a rewarding and enjoyable experience!
PROF SHYAMALEE SAMARANAYAKA
CHAIRPERSON - SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
WONCA SAR 2024