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Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine community


Besrour International Locations
Americas Africa Asia Pacific Persian Gulf
Argentina Algeria Australia Kingdom of Saudi of Arabia
Brazil Democratic Republic of Congo China Kuwait
Canada Ethiopia French Polynesia Palestine
Chile Ivory Coast Indonesia United Arab Emirates
El Salvador Kenya Laos  
Uruguay Madagascar Myanmar  
United States of America Malawi Nepal  
Guyana Mali Vietnam  
Haiti Nigeria    
Jamaica Rwanda    
Trinidad & Tobago Senegal    
  South Africa    
  Tanzania    
  Tunisia    
  Uganda    
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International collaboration for better health

The Besrour Centre is a hub of international collaboration dedicated to advancing family medicine globally. Advancements come from education and training, building worldwide relationships, and research.

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We advance medical education and training by:

  • Supporting the development of family medicine academic programs
  • Improving the training of family and generalist physicians
  • Strengthening the teaching capacity of family medicine programs
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We advocate for better primary care by:

  • Developing national and international partnerships
  • Bringing together global networks of experts and champions
  • Leveraging family medicine to advance social accountability
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We enable family medicine research and quality improvement by:

  • Identifying and addressing the knowledge gaps of our partners
  • Building research capacity
  • Creating and disseminating knowledge of relevance to our partners and networks

Shaping a global vision for health

  • Good health in life is paramount. Yet in many parts of the world, access to even the most basic services is infrequent or non-existent.
  • Research proves that when primary care is well established, positive health outcomes, improved equity, and cost-effectiveness follows.
  • In 2015, the United Nations’ 193-member states unanimously adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (PDF). Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages, is the third goal on the list. Primary health care has been identified as key to this goal and Canada is a leader in this area.
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Shaping a global vision for health

At the G20 summit in May 2017, attendees concluded that access to primary health care is one of the most valuable resources for building a sustainable future. More than 44% of all WHO member states have fewer than one physician per 1,000 people and the least developed countries have much less than that, as of 2017.
  • Good health in life is paramount. Yet in many parts of the world, access to even the most basic services is infrequent or non-existent.
  • Research proves that when primary care is well established, positive health outcomes, improved equity, and cost-effectiveness follows.
  • In 2015 the United Nations’ 193 member states unanimously adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals . Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages, is the third goal on the list. Primary health care has been identified as key to this goal and Canada is a leader in this area.


The Besrour Centre vision, mission, and values


Vision

To lead the way in creating a world where no one is left behind when it comes to accessing quality primary care.

Mission

To foster collaboration to advance family medicine around the world.

Values

  • Equity – by recognizing the inherent dignity of every human being and supporting the just distribution of resources and access for marginalized and vulnerable groups
  • Justice – by advocating that individuals and groups have fair and impartial access to the benefits of society, including the right to health
  • Excellence – by adhering to the highest standards of quality, patient-centred care, integrity, professionalism, and leadership
  • Reciprocity – by promoting the collaborative and multidirectional exchange of experience, knowledge, and capacity-building among partners and their communities
  • Respect – by appreciating each other’s cultures, norms, and perspectives 
Learn more about Dr. Sadok Besrour.

  • 2004

    Global Health Committee at the CFPC is established

  • 2008-2009

    Dr. Sadok Besrour connects with the CFPC to establish the Global Health Award

  • 2010

    Earthquake in Haiti

    Dr. Sadok Besrour and the CFPC engage Canadian departments of family medicine to foster and leverage collaboration
    around global family medicine

  • 2012

    First Besrour Global Health Forum

  • 2012-2014

    The Besrour network emerges

    Annual forums held and working groups formed

  • 2015

    Official launch of the Besrour Centre at the CFPC

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