Embargoed until 1800 GMT 28th January 2019
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 28th January 2019, during the annual Executive Board meeting of WHO in Geneva, in which all WHO
Director General of WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Dr Donald Li, WONCA World President signed the MOU to consolidate the relationship between the two organisations.
The MOU reflects the key role played by family doctors and GPs in achieving the global goal of Universal Health Coverage, through comprehensive,
appropriate, affordable care to the world’s population.
The MOU aims to strengthen and improve health services and family medicine programmes, with particular attention to medical professional training, undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes, continuing professional development and programmes to encourage cross-disciplinary working.
The goal to achieve Universal Health Coverage is a key element of Sustainable Development Goal 3 and of WHO’s global Health For All policy. With 500,000+ members across the globe, WONCA clearly has a key role to play in both mobilising and delivering effective, accessible, primary health care. WHO is keen to engage with professional organisations which can help to deliver the global goal: the MOU will facilitate stronger engagement between the organisations, both at
Benefiting from the expertise within its membership, WONCA supports Member Organisations and their national health systems to develop and further improve primary care delivery. They do this through a variety of ways: technical support for undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes; establishment of family medicine as a distinct speciality in medical school programmes and in health systems; accreditation of postgraduate family medicine programmes; and accreditation of primary care practices in countries which do not yet have their own regulations and standards.
World Organization of Family Doctors 12A-05 Chartered Square Building, 152 North Sathon Road, Silom, Bangrak, 10500 Bangkok, Thailand Tel: +66 2 637 9010 Fax: +66 2 637 9011 Email: [email protected]
Through collaboration with a range of professional
Following the signing of the MOU, WONCA President Dr Donald Li, a
to achieve Universal Health Coverage’.
Dr Donald Li
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