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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 3077-3082

Healing the heart of healthcare: Leaving no one behind: Impact of 15th World Rural Health Conference New Delhi

1 Organizing Chairperson, President Academy of Family Physicians of India, President WONCA – World Organization of Family Doctors South Asia Region, Patna, Bihar, India
2 Organizing Secretary, Chair WoRSA – WONCA Rural South Asia; Chair AFPI Rural, Senior Resident (Geriatrics), Patna Medical College and Hospital, Patna, Bihar, India

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Dr. Raman Kumar
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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_868_19

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More than a 1,000 delegates from 40 countries participated in the 15th WONCA World Rural Health Conference held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, from 26-29th April, 2018. The theme of this conference was “Healing the Heart of Healthcare - Leaving no one behind”. The conference was organized by the Academy of Family Physicians of India in association with WoRSA - WONCA Rural South Asia. WONCA is the World Organization of Family Doctors. The conference aspired to bring rural healthcare on global agenda. SDG 3 though focuses on healthcare; however rural healthcare hasn't been emphasized enough. The conference was formally endorsed by the National Health Mission (NHM) under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) and the Niti Ayog – the National Policy Commission under Government of India. An extensive scientific program with 13 keynote speakers, 250 oral presentations, 85 e-posters, 60 workshops, 26 Ideathon presentations, 20 panel discussions and 10 symposiums spread over 8 parallel meeting rooms, ran over 4 days, kept the delegates engaged throughout. A national consultation on strengthening rural health care witnessed rural health experts from across the world deliberating on rural health challenges and solutions. Niti Ayog – the policy commission the highest policy making body in India cohosted a national consultation on strengthening rural healthcare in India, during this conference. The conference brought together stakeholders of rural health and primary health care, to address current and future challenges in rural health. The conference culminated with the unanimous adoption of the Delhi Declaration, calling for people living in rural and isolated parts of the country to be given special priority if nations are to achieve universal health coverage. The Declaration identifies six areas as priorities to achieve “Health For All Rural People”: equity and access to care, rural proofing of policy, health system development, developing and educating a workforce fit for purpose, realigning the research and people and communities. Delhi declaration was also featured acknowledged by the World Health Organization at its website as an positive outcome.

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