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Open Access Family medicine: Global health in practice

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For nearly 40 years, family medicine has been providing guiding principles in major global health programs. This article has two aims: (1) to review past major global health campaigns with a specific focus on the roles of family medicine to illustrate its relevance in global health, and (2) to address practical approaches to attain health, which nurture sustainability of local health resources and resilience of the community. Regardless of the differences in the goals of past global health campaigns, three key approaches have emerged as essential interventions in the field based on family medicine principles, the so-called six Cs. The key approaches are (1) to protect families, (2) to train health care providers, and (3) to empower people. Family medicine continues to be a powerful tool to improve people’s health in our own communities and in global health practice.

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Keywords: Family medicine; global health; primary care

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2015-09-01

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  • Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is an open-access journal focusing on subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal publishes relevant content across disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, social and preventive medicine, research and evidence based medicine, community health service, patient education and health promotion and health ethics. The journal has a specific focus on the management of chronic illness particularly diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, hypertension, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease and common mental illness. FMCH is published by Compuscript http://www.compuscript.com on behalf of the Chinese General Practice Press http://www.chinagp.net.

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