World Medical Association

Member profile

The World Medical Association (WMA) is an idea born in the House of the British Medical Association in 1945, officially started in Paris in 1947, and now it has become the recognized authority to speak for the doctors in international affairs.

Main activities

The purpose of the WMA is to serve humanity by endeavoring to achieve the highest international standards in Medical Education, Medical Science, Medical Art and Medical Ethics, and Health Care for all people in the world. As an organization promoting the highest possible standards of medical ethics, the WMA provides ethical guidance to physicians through its Declarations, Resolutions and Statements. These are far reaching, including an International Code of Medical Ethics, the rights of patients, research on human subjects, care of the sick and wounded in times of armed conflict, torture of prisoners, the use and abuse of drugs, family planning and pollution. The Declaration of Helsinki is the WMA's best-known policy statement.

Links to the health workforce crisis

Others areas of service for WMA are:

  • Health-related human rights.
  • Medical education - helping physicians to continuously improve their knowledge and skills.
  • Human resources planning for health care services.
  • Patient safety.
  • Public health policy and projects.
  • Democracy building for new medical associations.
  • Leadership and career development.
  • Advocacy for physicians' and patients' rights.
  • Occupational health and safety.

WMA joined the Alliance in 2009 as an implementing Partner.

Call for knowledge information:

Alliance Members are invited to submit any relevant knowledge products such as documents, reports, tools, multimedia, links to specific project web sites by sending an email to ghwa@who.int. The Alliance Secretariat will publish relevant products on the Member's page.

Visit our Knowledge centre.

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