WONCA E-Update
Friday 17th June 2016

WONCA News – June 2016
The latest WONCA News is available via the WONCA website, packed with WONCA news, views and events.

World Family Doctor Day
Since its establishment by WONCA in 2010, World Family Doctor Day  – 19th May – has gained momentum each year and provides a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the central role of family doctors in the delivery of personal, comprehensive and continuing health care for all people in every country. It is also a chance to celebrate the progress being made in recognizing the important role of family medicine in strengthening primary health care in each of our countries, and the special contributions that are made by wonderful individual family doctors all around the world.

This year there were more activities than ever, and WONCA News contains reports from many of our Member Organizations on how they celebrated this important day in our calendar.  There are many reports and messages, including a message from our President, Professor Michael Kidd.

Rural Roundup – Dr Rabia Afridi of Pakistan
Rural roundup always presents a fascinating picture of the lives of our colleagues working in rural and remote locations, but this month’s rural roundup from Pakistan is particularly fascinating.  The first of a two-part article, Dr Rabia Afridi describes her work in a Basic Health Unit (BHU) in CHAK 18, situated to the East of the Changa Manga forest in the Punjab province of Pakistan, where she has worked since 2014.  We urge you all to read this article from an incredible rural colleague.

From the CEO’s Desk
This month our CEO, Dr Garth Manning, reports on the latest Conference Planning Committee meeting held in Rio de Janeiro in April, and also reports on two fantastic events in Costa Rica – the Cumbre, or health summit, on 12th and 13th April and the first-ever Meso (central) American conference from 14th to 16th April. He highlights the changes to the WONCA website and also offers some advice on Zika virus in Latin America.

Global Jobs – WONCA jobs portal
WONCA has recently launched a jobs portal where you can find job listings for family doctors, locums, specialists, allied health professionals, medical support staff and academics from around the world.  You can also advertise a vacancy, and there are special rates for all WONCA members.  For more information go to www.globalfamilydoctor.com and click on the “Global Jobs” sidebar.