Focusing on how family physicians and primary care practices can adapt to the changing circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 24th Congress of the South African Academy of Family Physicians (SAAFP) will be held from 19-20 August at the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town. Delegates can also choose to attend the congress online.

The theme “Bouncing back – resilience in the face of change” anticipates that in 2022 as vaccination rates rise we will be living with COVID-19 and trying to “bounce back” from the disruption caused by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. Family physicians and primary care practices have had to show tremendous resilience during the pandemic and the ability to constantly adapt to changing circumstances.

With this in mind, the following questions will be addressed during the plenary sessions:

  • Where are we now with the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What have we learnt about creating resilient primary care practices?
  • How do we assess and manage people with long COVID-19?
  • What do our patients have to say about primary care during the pandemic?
  • What kind of technological innovations have helped us?
  • How do we make up for lost ground with key conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, HIV, TB, unwanted pregnancies and mental health problems?

In addition to these key questions, parallel workshops, seminars and panels will also be presented that address clinical topics (e.g. assessing and managing the older person, an approach to people with obesity, learning how to use point of care ultrasound), medical ethics and professionalism, education and training, improving the quality of care and clinical governance, community-orientated primary care, and research studies.

For more information and to register, please visit the SAAFP’s website: https://www.saafpcongress.org.za/