This month as Kuwait hosts our East Mediterranean region conference, we look forward to more WONCA conferences with an excellent summary of these given in the CEO’s article, Garth Manning. Young Doctors’ leader from the USA, Kyle Hoedebecke, writes about his experience working in Korea – his article will make you want to take advantage of the early bird registration fee for WONCA Seoul, (before March 31). Register here now!

Our Working Parties and SIGs have been busy -with a ‘Call to Action’ from the SIG on Family Violence; and a new resource from the WP Mental Health on Core Competencies.

Don’t forget, World Family Doctor Day comes on May 19 with this year’s theme being “Family doctors – leading the way to better health” .

Dr Karen Flegg. WONCA editor

Featured Stories

From the President: March 2018

Meeting together across our global community is a really important means of sharing good practice, encouraging mutual support and professional development, and creating and maintaining formal policy and processes. I do hope that as many people as possible will attend at least one WONCA conference this year, and that we particularly succeed in gathering our global community together in South Korea

From the CEO’s desk: all coming conferences

This month I want to return to the theme of WONCA conferences and events. These are important landmarks in our calendar, as they afford a great opportunity to meet up with old friends, to make some new friends, and to share areas of interest with colleagues from all around the world.

Policy Bite: Effective advocacy – personal, professional, and political

Amanda Howe (President) and Viviana Martinez-Bianchi (WONCA WHO Liaison) write: One of the things that our members tell us they value about WONCA is its ability to advocate at the World Health Organization level. We spend time, energy, and money trying to get your voice heard in the different WHO activities.

Rural Round-up: A Passage to India

The WONCA rural family will be meeting once again in two months’ time in Delhi for the 15th WONCA World Rural Health Conference. It is this global collective approach that has made a difference over the last 22 years since we met in Shanghai in 1996 for our first inaugural conference.

Core Competencies of Family Doctors in Mental Health Care – 2018

Chris Dowrick, chair of the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health writes about the latest resource produced by his Working Party : Core Competencies of Family Doctors in Mental Health Care. In the document they consider that there are six domains for the core competencies of family doctors in primary mental health care.

Kyle Hoedebecke: my experience working in Korea

Kyle Hoedebecke, inaugural chair of Polaris, the WONCA Young Doctors’ Movement in North America was recently selected as the US Army Physician of the Year. he has been working in South Korea for two years and here he talks of “My experience working in South Korea”



De la presidenta

Fragmentos de política : Apoyo efectivo


De la Présidente


World Family Doctor Day

MRCGP (Int) South Asia Grant

Working Parties & Special Interest Groups

SIG on Family Violence ‘Call To Action’

Education for Primary Care

WHO Patient Safety Challenge “Medication Without Harm”

SIG Migrant Care new co-chair, Guus Busser

Featured Doctor

Verónica Casado- Spain


2018 Krakow conference speakers

Report on 5th VdGM forum

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