The latest WONCA News (May 2018) is now available on the WONCA website with all news, views and information.

From the President: Africa and Iberoamericana
This month our President, Professor Amanda Howe, reports on her first visit to West Africa during her Presidency, having managed countries in North, South and East Africa already, with visits to Ghana and Nigeria. She also reports on her time at the WONCA Iberoamericana Cumbre (summit) and conference in Colombia. This was an amazing model of political effectiveness for two key reasons: first, six Ministers from across the region attended, spoke, and signed a Declaration committing themselves to working to increase family medicine and to engage other Ministers in the region! Also, the region has produced a model of working across all the countries on agreed work programmes, reporting back into the Cumbre and making further commitments for the next stage.

World Family Doctor Day 2018
World Family Doctor Day (FDD) – 19th May – has become a day to highlight the role and contribution of family doctors in health care systems around the world. The event is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the central role of our specialty in the delivery of personal, comprehensive and continuing health care for all of our patients. It’s also a chance to celebrate the progress being made in family medicine and the special contributions of family doctors globally. This month’s newsletter contains details of how Taiwan plans to celebrate and also includes a message from Guillaume Charbonneau, MD, President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, to his colleagues in Canada. Read more on Family Doctor Day, and download the FDD logo and posters, at: http://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/News/WorldFamilyDoctorday-May192.aspx

WONCA and One Health
WONCA is pleased to be associated with One Health, which is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, plants and our environment. Our colleagues in One Health have asked us to bring a number of item to your attention.

  1. The 5th International One Health Congress – Saskatoon, Canada – June 22-25, 2018
  2. “Vaccines for zoonoses: a one Health paradigm” published in SciTech Europa Quarterly Issue 26 – March 2018.
  3. April 4, 2018 For Immediate Release THIRD ANNUAL ONE HEALTH DAY INTRODUCES EXCITING UPDATES 2018 EDITION LAUNCHED TODAY BY THREE INTERNATIONAL ONE HEALTH GROUPS

Hotel bookings for Seoul Council now available
Last month Dr Garth Manning, our CEO, outlined plans for the various meetings in Seoul, including regional councils and World Council. These meetings will take place at the Sheraton Incheon Hotel, and the hotel has now set up a specific website to deal with WONCA bookings for these events.