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WONCA News December 2017
We have some very exicting news items this month, most notably, the first Young Doctors’ Movements newsletter, with news from all regions collated by Ana Nunes Barata. The other notable item is that having covered myself as featured doctor last month, this month we also finally find out more about our CEO, Garth Manning (some do not know he is a medical doctor). Also featured is Adam Windak who leads the scientific committee for Krakow 2018. And of course there is much more.

A reminder that  number of the 2018 conferences have deadlines in December for abstract submission or Early Bird registration. So please check the conference items soon if you are interested in Delhi, Kuwait, Krakow or our World conference in Seoul.

At this time of year I take the opportunity to send the compliments of the season and a very Happy New Year to all.

Karen Flegg. WONCA Editor

Featured Stories

From the President: December 2017

As the Western calendar year draws to a close, I hope this finds you well and that family medicine is thriving in your country. On behalf of all of us in the WONCA World Executive and Secretariat, I want to wish you and your families a peaceful and successful year ahead for 2018.

From the CEO’s desk: conferences recent & future, & season’s greetings

As forecast in last month’s column, November has been a month of conferences and conference activities. The WONCA CEO reports on conferences in Thailland, Nepal and thinks forward to the 2018 World conference in Korea.

Policy Bite: Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

This WHO forum, held from November 13-17, 2017, in Dublin Ireland, was attended on behalf of WONCA by three members of our World Executive (Anna Stavdal, Job Metsemakers, and Ana Nunes Barata for our Young Doctors’ Movement), and a number of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice leaders.

Young Doctors’ Movements news – December 2017

As a new initiative, WONCA’s Young Doctors’ representative on World Executive, Ana Nunes Barata (Portugal), is coordinating regular news from our seven region Young Doctors’ Movements. Not every region’s movement will always provide news but each two months we hope to bring you news from some of the regions.

Bhutan becomes WONCA Academic Member

Dr Chhabi Lal Adhikari, Professor and GP Course Coordinator, Department of General Practice at Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan writes on the journey that has led to Bhutan’s first GP specialist training programme and then to that programme becoming a WONCA Academic Member Organization.

WONCA in Bonn: Health and the climate negotiations

Climate change is the biggest health threat of the 21st century–and tackling it is perhaps our best opportunity to better global health. How are current medical learners and health professionals interacting with international climate change negotiations?


De la Presidenta –
diciembre 2017

Fragmentos de política: Recursos Humanos para la Salud


De la Présidente -décembre

WHO liaison

WHO Montevideo Roadmap 2018-2030 on NCDs

Region news

James & Leslie Rourke- 5-Star Doctor

Tai-Yuan Chiu – 5-Star Doctor

Art meets science meets art at WONCA Europe 2017

Dr Innocent Besigye – Montegut Scholar

Featured Doctors


Prof Adam WINDAK – Poland

Conference 2018 deadlines

World conference 2018 Seoul

2018 Rural conference abstracts close soon

Kraków – we hear from Adam Windak