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Welcome to WRHC 2018

Chief Guest

Shri M Venkaiah Naidu
Honorable Vice President of India


Shri Narendra Modi
            Honorable Prime Minister of India
Dr. Raman Kumar Dr. Pratyush Kumar Dr. Amanda Howe Dr. Michael Kidd
Dr. Raman Kumar Dr. Pratyush Kumar Prof. Amanda Howe Prof. Michael Kidd
Organising Chairperson
President AFPI
President Elect WONCA
South Asia Region
Organising Secretary
Chair WONCA Rural
South Asia (WoRSA)
President WONCA Immediate Past President WONCA
Dr. Kanu Bala Dr. John Wynn-Jones Padma Shri Dr Abhay Bang Padma Shri Dr Prakash Amte
Prof. Kanu Bala Dr. John Wynn-Jones Padma Shri Dr Abhay Bang Padma Shri Dr Prakash Amte
WONCA South Asia Region
Chair, Rural WONCA    



About WRHC 2018

15th World Rural Health Conference is a multi disciplinary forum inviting students, trainees, professionals and practitioners from all background with an interest in rural health and primary healthcare. The conference invites participants and speakers to contribute towards development of scientific as well as social program.

Half the world's population currently live in rural and remote areas. The rural-urban divide is a consistent feature across the world, existing in all regions and within all countries and poses a major challenge to the nationwide provision of health services. WRHC 2018 is being organised in the background of aspiration for achieving Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Health is centrally placed in the SDG 2030 agenda. The health goal (SDG3) is comprehensive: 'to ensure healthy lives and promote well being for all at all ages'. The implementation of SDGs needs every country to judiciously prioritise, and adapt the goals in accordance with local challenges, capacities and resources available. A country's approach must systematically and simultaneously address legal coverage and rights, health-worker shortages, extension of health-care protection, and quality of care. 15th WONCA World Rural Health Conference is an apt opportunity to bring stake holders from all over world; bringing together international best practices and brainstorming sessions addressing current and future challenges in rural health.

Theme: "Healing the Heart of Healthcare: Leaving No One Behind"

Poor health constitutes suffering and deprivation of the most fundamental kind. The theme of the conference is 'Healing the Heart of Healthcare: Leaving No One Behind' bringing focus on challenges of rural health system development. Rural habitat poses a severe disadvantage to rural population in terms of access to healthcare services. Only a comprehensive approach can address these inequities arising from poor healthcare systems. The members of United Nations have put 'leaving no one behind' at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 agenda. There is a special emphasis on those left furthest behind and the most excluded. The 15th World Rural Health Conference (WRHC 2018) aspires and invites delegates from all over world to develop strategies for healthy rural population.



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Country Participation


Academy of Family Physicians of India

The Academy of Family Physicians of India (AFPI) is a professional academic organisation, registered as a non-profit society in India. AFPI has been founded with the aim of promoting primary healthcare and the discipline of family medicine. Family medicine is the practicing specialty and academic discipline of majority Indian doctors. The academy currently has a membership base across India and functions through several state chapters. The members include family medicine specialists, practicing family physicians, general practitioners, medical officers who provide generalist medical care across all age groups, genders and organ system. AFPI is a full member of WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors).


WONCA, WONCA Rural, WONCA Rural South Asia

The world organization of family doctors (WONCA) has 118 member organizations in 131 countries and territories with membership of about 500,000 family doctors and more than 90 per cent of the world's population. WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice (WONC Rural) is an active network of rural family doctors spread all over world. WONCA Rural South Asia (WoRSA) is the collaborating partner for this event.

Who Should Attend

  • Family Physicians, general practitioners and all primary care doctors
  • Rural doctors and other rural healthcare professionals
  • NHM (National Health Mission) doctors and professionals
  • Public health professionals
  • International development professionals
  • Nursing professionals and allied health workers
  • Family medicine trainees/ residents (MD/DNB Family Medicine)
  • Medical students and post graduate aspirants
  • Rural medical officers & surgeons
  • Medical officers in public sector
  • Specialist doctors with primary care interest
  • AYUSH professionals
  • NGO (Non Government Organization) representatives
  • Policy makers and health administrators
  • Healthcare managers
  • Healthcare policy makers
  • Civil Servants
  • Representatives of political parties
  • Citizen with interest in health care
  • Patient support groups
  • Consumer right groups
  • Media professionals


Hippocrates has rightly declared "Whenever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity".

The capacity to learn is a gift, the ability to learn is a skill and the willingness to learn is a choice. It is this choice that gives us impetus to sharpen & hone our skills and WRHC 2018 will prove to satiate your academic appetite and quest of up skilling.

  • Point of Care Testing
  • ECG
  • Chest X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • 2D echo in Primary Care
  • Basic Life Support
  • Poisoning and toxicology
  • Life Saving Anaesthesia Skills (LSAS)
  • Antenatal Care
  • IUD and contraception
  • Advance Obstetric Life Support (ALSO)
  • Breast feeding
  • Neonatal Skills
  • Immunisation across all age groups
  • Pain and Palliative Care
  • Travel medicine
  • Insulin Therapy
  • Management of Hepatitis B & C in primary care
  • Medical Legal Cases
  • YOGA for common diseases

Suggested Topics

    • Poverty
    • Hunger and nutrition
    • Good health and wellbeing
    • Universal Health Coverage
    • Clean water and sanitation
    • Equity/Iniquity and Health Access
    • Gender Issues
    • Environment & Climate Action
    • Ethical Issues
    • Global issues, epidemic and pandemic diseases.
    • Health Policies & Management
    • Over diagnosis and Overtreatment
    • Tobacco, alcohol and other drugs (Policies)
    • Health Education
    • Health Promotion
    • Immunization
    • Screening
    • Postgraduate teaching
    • Professional development
    • Research
    • Residency Programs
    • Undergraduate teaching
    • Human resource development in healthcare
    • Primary care teams
    • Skill up gradation
    • Coordination of care
    • Financial aspects
    • Primary care role
    • Quality and standards
    • Remuneration system


    • Access
    • Budget and administration
    • Community orientation
    • Comprehensiveness
    • Continuity of care
    • Cultural Competence
    • Family centeredness
    • Rural practice
    • Team cooperation
    • National Health Programs
    • Clinical register, health record and classification
    • Communication skills
    • Domiciliary Care, Home Care, Palliative Care
    • Less prevalent health issues in primary care
    • Most prevalent health issues in primary care
    • Physical examination, manoeuvres and procedures in primary care
    • Special health issues in primary care: vulnerable populations, violence, etc.
    • Traditional and complementary Medicine
    • Life saving anaesthesia skills
    • Maternal and child health
    • Non communicable diseases in community
    • Infectious diseases
    • International travel and health
  3. Digital Health and Information Technology
    • Electronic health records
    • Social medial
    • Remote monitoring
    • M Health
    • Telemedicine
  4. Rural health entrepreneurship and innovation
    • Rural practice models
    • Primary care projects
    • Financial sustainability
    • Community engagement
    • PPP models
    • Micro banking and credit


International Short film and Arts Festival - New Delhi, India

FISFA 2018 will be held in New Delhi, India, hosted by Academy of Family Physicians of India (AFPI) in association with 15th World Rural Health Conference 2018, co-powered by WONCA Rural South Asia (WoRSA) and Wisdom Cine Arts Pvt. Ltd. FISFA invites Short Film, Documentary, Animation and Music video from across the globe.

FISFA invites Short Film, Documentary, Animation and Music video from across the globe on the theme 'Leaving No one behind' in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for better health focusing on these core topics :



Participants are encouraged to register as early as possible to take advantage of discounted registration fees. Please register through the online registration system.



  1. Only registered delegates will be allowed to attend the scientific session, trade exhibition & Lunch area.
  2. Invoice cum Receipt bearing the Registration ID will be sent to all registered delegates by email.

Note: For Group Discounts on more than Five Registrations, you may request to secretariat along with all delegates online registration reference number.


The Conference Secretariat must be notified in writing by email: wrhc2018@gmail.com  about the cancellation of the registration. Telephone cancellation will not be accepted. The appropriate refunds will be made up to 45 days after the Conference as per following condition.

Bursary, Awards and Scholarships

The organising committee is please to offer following bursaries and scholarship programs to assist participation of delegates having financial constraints

Jyoti and Ramnik Parekh Awards

Amount: INR 10,000 each (Total award money INR 200,000)
Number: 20

  1. Medical students, trainees, and post graduates of family medicine within five years of completion of the program
  2. Accepted paper at WRHC 2018
  3. Citizen of South Asia Region (SAARC country)

Purpose: Covering registration and accommodation
Application: wrhc2018@gmail.com

Academy of Family Physicians of India (AFPI) International Scholar Program

Amount: USD 500 (Total award money USD 2000)
Number: 04

  1. Outstanding faculty in family medicine and primary care
  2. Accepted paper at WRHC 2018
  3. Any Country

Purpose: To cover registration for WRHC 2018
Application: wrhc2018@gmail.com

Academy of Family Physicians of India (AFPI) Rural Healthcare Leadership Award

Amount: INR 25,000 each (Total award money INR 100,000)
Number: 04
Eligibility: Outstanding contribution to rural healthcare in India

Purpose: Covering travel and registration for WRHC 2018
Application: By invitation only for details contact wrhc2018@gmail.com


Academy of Family Physicians of India (AFPI) Foundation Scholarship

Amount: INR 5000 (Total award money INR 100,000)
Number: 20

  1. Post graduate trainee in family medicine
  2. Accepted paper at WRHC 2018
  3. Indian citizen

Purpose: To cover registration for WRHC 2018
Application: wrhc2018@gmail.com

Academy of Family Physicians of India (AFPI) Leadership Development Program

Amount: INR 5000 (Total award money INR 50000)
Number: 10

  1. AFPI office bearer with outstanding contribution
  2. Accepted paper at WRHC 2018
  3. Indian citizen

Purpose: To cover registration for WRHC 2018
Application: wrhc2018@gmail.com

WRHC 2018 Best Paper Award

Oral: INR 10,000 (International 01, Indian 01)
Poster: INR 10,000 (International 01, Indian 01)

India Healthcare Ideathon 2018 Awards

First Prize: INR 25,000
Second Prize: INR 15,000
Thirst Prize: INR 10,000

International Short Film & Arts Award

First prize INR 25,000
Second Prize INR 15,000
Thirst prize INR 10,000




 Centre, New Delhi

Lodhi Road, Near Airforce Bal Bharati School, New Delhi, Delhi 110003

The INDIA HABITAT CENTRE was conceived to provide a physical environment which would serve as a catalyst for a synergetic relationship between individuals and institutions working in diverse habitat related areas and therefore, maximise their total effectiveness. To facilitate this interaction, the Centre provides a range of facilities.


Distances from renowned landmarks

  • International Airport - 15 Kms. - 30 mins.
  • Domestic Airport - 12 Kms. - 20 mins.
  • New Delhi Railway Station - 07 Kms. - 15 mins.
  • India Gate - 03 Kms. - 05 mins.


National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT), is a city and a state of India. The area around Delhi was probably inhabited before the second millennium BC and there is evidence of continuous inhabitation since at least the 6th century BC. The city is believed to be the site of Indraprastha, the legendary capital of the Pandavas in the Indian epic Mahabharata. The earliest architectural relics date back to the Maurya period (300 BC). Remains of eight major cities have been discovered in Delhi. Delhi's culture has been influenced by its lengthy history and historic association as the capital of India, has made it a melting pot of cultures. There are many significant monuments in the city. The archaeological survey of India recognises 1200 heritage buildings and 175 monuments as national heritage sites. Three World Heritage Sites - the Red Fort, Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb - are located in Delhi. Delhi ranked as 28th most visited city in the world and first in India by foreign visitors in 2015.

Delhi, India's capital territory, is a massive metropolitan area in the country's north. In Old Delhi, a neighbourhood dating to the 1600s, stands the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000. Nearby is Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls. Culture is the specialty of New Delhi and whole of India. Delhi boasts its rich tradition and sound cultural values. The rich heritage and culture can be seen in the lifestyle, demography, art, crafts and music. Delhi being the capital of India has many art and craft galleries along with auditoriums that host regular cultural events.


Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar


Holi Festival

India Gate

India Gate

Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat

Akshardham Temple

Akshardham Temple


Adigun Temitayo, Nigeria
Ai-Ling Lin, USA
Alan Chater, Australia
Amber Janjua, UK
Ana Nunes Barata, Portugal
Anika Juneja, India
Anne-Christine Lindman, Sweden
Arul Rhaj, India
Bao-Yu Tseng, Taiwan
Barbara Doty, USA
Beulah Raji, India
Bikash Shrestha, Nepal
Binod Dangal, Nepal
Birsen Altay, Turkey
Bojana Jovanovic, Serbia
Bruce Chater, Australia
Chen Wei, Taiwan
Daisuke Kato, Japan
Dan Abubakar, Nigeria
Daniel Widmer, Switzerland
David Campbell, Australia
David Rakel, USA
David Schmitz, USA
Dilip Dhupelia, Australia
Durga Raj Maharjan, Nepal
Ewen McPhee, Australia
Fiona Muir, UK
Francis Scallan, Canada
Frederick Kellerman, South Africa
Gulnaz Mohamoud, Kenya
Gupteswar Patel, Australia
Hanan Abbas, Egypt
Heng-Shuen Chen, Taiwan
Hsu Chao-Yu, Taiwan
Ian Couper, South Africa
Ian Kamerman, Australia
Janani Pinidiyapathirage, Australia
Jane Greacen, Australia
Jaya Singh Kshatri, India
John Wynn Jones, UK
Jon Dowell, UK
Jonathan Dowell, UK
Joseph Scott-Jones, New Zealand
Jovan Niciforovic, Serbia
Juan Carlos Tomas Lopez, Mexico
Kamile MARAKOGLU, Turkey
Kanu Bala, Bangladesh
Kashim Shah, Nepal
Kawselyah Juval, Malaysia
Kishore Madhwani, India
Magda Almeida, Brazil
Mark Zimmerman, USA
Martha Kirabo, Uganda
Michael Jong, Canada
Michael Kidd, Australia
Min Ko Ko Thaung, Australia
Nafis Faizi, India
Oleg V Kravtchenko, Norway
Oyun Chimeddamba, Mongolia
Ozden Gokdemir, Turkey
Patrick Ouvarard, France
Patrick Ouvrard, France
Pavitra Mohan, India
Pemi Daniel Mayowa, Nigeria
Petra Stanton, USA
Philip M J Wilson, UK
Philip Wilson, UK
Priya Chinchwadkar, India
Rabin Bom, Nepal
Ramnik Parekh, India
Ranabir Pal, India
Renata Pavlov, Croatia
Roger Strasser, Canada
Roseline Sagar, India
Ruth Stewart, Australia
Samir Lama, Nepal
Sanghamitra Pati, India
Sanne de Wit, Netherlands
Santhosh Mathew, India
Sarah Strasser, Australia
Scott Kitchener, Australia
Shailey Prasad, USA
Shantanu Rahman, India
Shilpa Raut, India
Shweta Singh, India
Smruti Nikumbh, India
Sowmya B Ramesh, India
Steve Reid, South Africa
Suleyman Ersoy, Turkey
Sunil Abraham, India
Taru Jindal, India
Trevino Aristarkus Pakasi, Indonesia
Val Wass, UK
Vandana Boobna, India
Yogesh Jain, India
Yvonne Jonk, USA


Participating Universities & Organisations


Contact Us

    Dr. Raman Kumar

    Organising Chairperson
    President Academy of Family Physicians of India
    President Elect WONCA South Asia Region

    Dr. Pratyush Kumar

    Organising Secretary
    Chair WONCA Rural South Asia (WoRSA)
    Mobile: +91 8130668400
    Email: wrhc2018@gmail.com
    Website: www.wrhc2018.com

  • WRHC Secretariat Address:

    C/o Summit - Alpcord Network
    1201, 12th Floor, New Delhi House,
    27, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi - 110001

    Phone: +91 11 49104014 / 12
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