Family Doctor Day - May 19

Illustration: World Family Doctors' day button conceptualised by Jenny and Patti Sapina of the Philippines for use by all

A letter to Member Organizations from the WONCA CEO about Family Doctor Day - send your proposed activites to [email protected]

Dear colleagues,


World Family Doctor Day – 19th May - was first declared by the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) in 2010 and it has become a day to highlight the role and contribution of family doctors in health care systems around the world. The event has gained momentum globally each year and it is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the central role of our specialty in the delivery of personal, comprehensive and continuing health care for all of our patients. It’s also a chance to celebrate the progress being made in family medicine and the special contributions of family doctors all around the world.

Last year many of our colleagues across the globe celebrated the day by organising a variety of events and activities, and we received reports from countries as diverse as Bolivia, Croatia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of Srpska, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei and Trinidad and Tobago. WONCA News highlighted many of the events held previously.

This year we want to encourage even more organizations to celebrate in appropriate style on 19th May. We would love Member Organisations to tell us in advance of their plans – so that we can promote at least some in WONCA News – and then we look forward to receiving reports after the events to show and tell. WONCA News will publish as many reports as we can, to highlight the really wonderful work done by so many of our great Member Organisations. All news and reports should be sent to [email protected].

So…get your thinking caps on and drop us an email to tell us of your plans.

Dr Garth Manning
Chief Executive Officer