Institute of family medicine known as IOFM, is a non-profit making private health care organisation, registered under the Private Health Service Regulatory Council in Sri Lanka.
In 16th of April 2005, the International Conference on “Evolution of Family Medicine in Sri Lanka” was held in the University of Jaffna. This event marked the day of Inauguration of Institute of Family Medicine at 125 Main Street Jaffna.
This event was sponsored by the Medical Institute of Tamils (MIOT) and supported by the College of General Practitioners Sri Lanka (CGPSL) and Department of Community and Family Medicine (DCFM) – University of Jaffna. Eminent Family Physicians from the UK and Sri Lanka were in attendance and shared their vision to establish and augment the concept of Family Medicine according to the Alma – Ata Declaration.
The World Health Organisation’s Alma-Ata Declaration states that “there is a need for urgent action by all governments, all health and development workers, and the world community to protect and promote the health of all the people of the world.” It was the first international declaration stating the importance of primary health care and outlining the role of governments and their responsibilities to the health of the world’s citizens.
Dr Liliana Risi says about Family Medicine
Family Medicine is being practised in large parts of the world by doctors of families and by us as general practitioners in North East London.
Individual family members are involved with one another in multiple ways: they communicate; they influence one another and are interdependent at times of illness and health. Growth and development of the individual family members are modified by the family system. As GPs we make observations of families at the surgery or at home visits witnessing the climate and interaction both within the family and within the social context to better understand trajectories of health and illness. No other doctor looks after the same members of a family, in its widest definition, in the way in which we do. Healthy families make for healthy neighbourhoods, communities, cities and nations. New discoveries in medicine and technology must not distract us from the practice of family medicine, which Kenneth Lane calls the ‘longest art’ because we provide care from ‘cradle to grave’ keeping families well. This is the basis of what makes our work meaningful.
Dr Liliana Risi
North East London Faculty Chair