On 30/11/2023 WONCA Europe President, Dr Shlomo Vinker visited the SEMFYC headquarters in Barcelona (Spain) and met the president and other members of the executive board. He had discussions with the president Dra. Remedios Martin-Álvarez and Dr Juan-Antonio Lopez-Rodríguez, SEMFYC international officer, about the future cooperation of WONCA Europe and SEMFYC in European projects and grant applications.
On 01/12/2023, Dr Vinker attended the closing conference of the European project HAPPY PATIENT (Health Alliance for Prudent Prescription and Yield of Antibiotics from a Patient-Centred Perspective)—the project aimed to reduce unnecessary antibiotics prescribed in community settings. The interventions carried out by the HAPPY PATIENT team in four healthcare settings —general practice, out-of-hours services, pharmacies, and nursing homes— between 2022 and 2023 in Spain, Lithuania, Poland, France, and Greece, have demonstrated to curb antimicrobial resistance in Europe. This also suggests that if this intervention was implemented across all European Union countries, it would result in annual savings of 114 million euros in the health budgets of this territory.
The project produced new knowledge and tools to facilitate communication with patients. All the products are available for free in the project website
The HAPPY PATIENT project is a 3-year-Project co-funded by the 3rd Health Programme of the European Union under the Grant Agreement number: 900024.