WE at the 23rd International Eastern Mediterranean FM Congress (DAAHK2024)

The traditional congress, with the theme “Let’s Rewind a Little: Preventive Medicine and Maintaining Health in Family Practice”, held in a grandeur of scientific fervour, unfolded its rich tapestry of knowledge and innovation in Adana Divan Hotel, Turkey (www.daahk.org). 


This congress, graced by the esteemed presence of Prof. Dr. Shlomo Vinker, President of WONCA Europe, and Prof. Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Mahrezi, Regional President of WONCA Eastern Mediterranean, was a symphony of intellect and expertise. 


The scientific program, meticulously curated, offered a mosaic of insights and discoveries in family medicine. With 16 distinguished international speakers, 127 accomplished national speakers and session leaders, and the orchestration of 7 parallel sessions, the congress became a melting pot of ideas and advancements. 

The congress was not merely a gathering but a celebration of learning and collaboration. It featured 4 immersive face-to-face workshops, including a Turkish Health Ministry-certified Tobacco Addiction Treatment Training Program Course, providing hands-on experiences and invaluable certifications.  The participation of 693 attendees, including 134 engaged face-to-face participants and course attendees, added vibrancy to the scholarly discourse. Each interaction, whether virtual or in-person, contributed to the collective wisdom and vision for the future of family medicine. 


 Under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Shlomo Vinker and Prof. Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Mahrezi, the congress transcended boundaries, fostering international camaraderie and mutual learning. Their leadership illuminated the path for innovation and excellence in family medicine, inspiring all participants to aspire to new heights of knowledge and patient care.

In addition to the rich scientific program of the congress and the esteemed presence of WONCA Presidents, the opening conference unveiled the theme 'The Global Future of One Health and Sustainability: Scientific Framework and Strategic Approaches' with extraordinary content presented by Prof. Dr. Shlomo Vinker. His presentation added a layer of depth to the congress, emphasising the interconnectedness of global health challenges with environmental and economic factors, and highlighting the importance of strategic approaches for sustainable healthcare solutions.

In essence, the 23rd International Eastern Mediterranean Family Medicine Congress was not just an event but a testament to the dedication, passion, and collaborative spirit of all family physicians, reaffirming their pivotal role in shaping the future of healthcare.