Our Annual Reports showcase our past activities.
The Movement begun out of the work in a special event organized on the days prior to the WONCA Europe conference in Amsterdam in 2004 – the Junior Doctor Programme initiated by Fons Sips. This Programme developed into what we came to know as the Vasco da Gama Movement (VdGM).
The ideals for the Movement were set down in a meeting in January 2005 in Lisbon, the home port of Vasco da Gama, from where he set out on a similar voyage of discovery, and for this reason his name has been adopted.
VdGM was formally launched at the Kos WONCA Europe Conference in September 2005.
Successful annual Pre-conferences (in the days prior to WONCA Europe Conference) have been held ever since, including in 2013 – when the VdGM Preconference was held prior to the WONCA World Conference in Prague.
In addition to the Preconference, VdGM Forums have been organized yearly from 2015 to 2019; from that year onwards, a decision was made to hold the Forum every other year, between the biennial World Conference of Family Doctors (WONCA).
In 2014, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Vasco da Gama Movement, the achievements of the past decade were compiled in a commemorative book.