WONCA - World Organization of Family Doctors

Member profile

The World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) is a global not-for-profit professional organization representing family physicians and general practitioners from all regions of the world. WONCA is an organization in official collaborative relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) representing family doctors and family medicine.

WONCA was founded in 1972 and now has 118 Member Organisations representing some 500,000 family doctors in over 130 countries and territories around the world. WONCA has seven regions – Africa, Asia Pacific, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Iberoamericana-CIMF, North America, and South Asia – each with a Regional President and Regional Council. WONCA supports a number of Working Parties, Special Interest Groups, and Young Doctor Movements. These bodies work to progress specific areas of interest to WONCA and its members around the globe.

The current President of WONCA is Professor Michael Kidd, from Australia. WONCA’s Secretariat, led by the CEO Dr Garth Manning, is based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Main activities

The mission of Wonca is to improve the quality of life of the peoples of the world through defining and promoting its values, as well as by fostering and maintaining high standards of care in general practice/family medicine. It does this by:

  • promoting personal, comprehensive and continuing care for the individual in the context of the family and the community;
  • encouraging and supporting the development of academic organizations of general practitioners/family physicians;
  • providing a forum for exchange of knowledge and information between member organizations of general practitioners/family physicians;
  • representing the educational, research and service provision activities of general practitioners/family physicians before other world organizations and forums concerned with health and medical care.

Links to the health workforce crisis

The goals of Wonca are to:

  • Develop family practice training and services in areas of greatest need, in the spirit of equity.
  • Encourage research on the theoretical basis and clinical content.
  • Promote the role of the family doctor.
  • Facilitate education in general practice/family medicine.
  • Continue to develop effective working relationships at all levels.

Call for knowledge information:

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