(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 07.11.2023).- On Thursday, November 16, 2023, the first global campaign will take off in the Vatican in favour of the indispensable role and beautiful vocation of the Family Doctor.
The initiative, whose motto is “Thank you, Doctor” (thankyoudoctor.org), echoing the concern expressed on several occasions by Pope Francis, hopes to answer the crisis of the health care system in many countries, where Family Doctors suffer a lack of professional support and recognition — lacks that end up putting in serious danger the doctor-patient relationship.
The campaign is an initiative of SOMOS Community Care, a non-profit medical association, which brings together over 2,200 Doctors in New York to attend, especially, immigrant patients; it enjoys the support of the Pontifical Academy for Life, as well as of other medical, nursing, civic and academic organizations.
Taking part in the presentation press conference, which will be held at 01:00 pm on Thursday, November 16, in the Benedict XVI Hall of the Vatican’s Pontifical Teutonic College, will be Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life; Monsignor Renzo Pegoraro, Chancellor of the same Vatican institution; Dr Ramon Tallaj, President of the Association; Dr Mario Paredes, the organization’s General Director, and Dr Filippo Anelli, President of the National Federation of Italian Doctors.
Also attending the event will be Representatives of the Association of Catholic Doctors, Nursing Associations, as well as Representatives of Health Care Institutions, Hospitals and Faculties of Medicine.
Declaration for the Rediscovery of the Family Doctor
Presented during the press conference will be the “Declaration for the Rediscovery of the Family Doctor,” whose objective is to remind governments, public institutions and health care systems of the need to put again at the center the figure of the Family Doctor.
The event will launch the first global campaign of adhesions of institutions and citizens to acknowledge the irreplaceable role of Doctors, obliged at times to work in heroic circumstances