President’s Message November 2020: WONCA and WHO
Every poll and discussion we hold with Member Organisations about what the most important role is that WONCA can undertake on their behalf comes back with the plea to further escalate our involvement with WHO. Our members want us to use the leverage of 500,000+ members to increase visibility and recognition of family medicine.
In his message this month, Dr Donald Li looks in some detail at WONCA’s relationship with WHO and celebrates WONCA’s increased influence and collaboration. Over the years WONCA’s involvement with WHO has gone from strength to strength, but this has to be balanced against many other competing priorities for us as an organization. Executive will again be looking at the many requests received from WHO to see whether more effective prioritisation is possible. Read more at this link.
Dr Harris Lygidakis: WONCA’s CEO-designate
Dr Harris Lygidakis has now taken up post as WONCA CEO-designate. For November and December he will be shadowing, and transitioning with, Dr Garth Manning, the outgoing CEO, before taking over officially on 1st January. Harris is one of this month’s Featured Doctors, so to find out more about your new CEO go to this link.
WP and SIG Reports
Over the next few weeks we will highlight some of the reports from WONCA’s Working Parties and Special Interest Groups which are contained in the Annual Report. This week we’re delighted to highlight:
The SIG on Family Violence (SIG FV) which continues to work, expanding its global connections to systematically support family doctors to address family violence in practice and policy. You can find out more here.
The SIG on Emergency Medicine, which has experienced significant growth in 2019-29. The highlight of the period was undoubtedly the WONCA Emergency Medicine Seminar (WEMSEM0 hosted by Nepal in August 2019. You can find out more here.
A new series of WONCA webinars has been running every Sunday for the last few weeks. This week will be the last in the current series – run by our Working Party on the Environment. However, all past webinars can still be viewed on YouTube.