From the Editor: May 2021

We have reached the fifth month of the year and the fourth edition of WONCA News. May has been a month of lots of planning and preparations.

One of our main topics this month is the upcoming World Family Doctor Day, under the theme “Building the Future with Family Doctors”. Since the launch of the 2021 campaign on April 19, we have been promoting everyone’s participation to support and acknowledge the central role of Family Doctor and Primary Care Teams in delivering personal and continuing health care for all. Discover all the details of this campaign and join this celebration next Wednesday, May 19!

In this edition

In the May edition, our president Dr Donald Li dedicates his column to WONCA’s suite of accreditation and certification schemes and the advantages and benefits they offer. Don’t miss out on our special article WONCA Accreditation and Certification to find all the information about the WONCA Program Accreditation, Practice accreditation and our Certification of Digital Health, along with interesting testimonials, including an article shared by the WONCA Working party on Education related to ‘WONCA Accreditation supporting Family Medicine training‘.

In this issue, we also welcome Prof Dr Shlomo Vinker as a new member of the WONCA Executive Committee. Dr Vinker will serve as President of WONCA Europe, succeeding Prof. Dr Mehmet Ungan.

WONCA News May also includes information about the Coalition of Global Health, Primary Care and Social Work Professionals, of which WONCA is part; the WONCA Action Call for COP26, and the launch of Planetary Health for Primary Care Course, created by the WONCA Working Party on the Environment. We keep sharing valuable stories on our section “Aging Lines“ from our WONCA Special Interest Group on Aging and Health, and we honour the memory of Dr Anne Deborah Atai Omoruto and her outstanding leadership in tackling the Ebola crisis in West Africa, after the 5th anniversary of her passing.  

To close this edition, we bring you our guest feature by Dr John Wynn-Jones with his last edition of Rural Miscellany titled “Goodbye, Farewell and the End”; along with WONCA Conference News and the most recent announcements and updates from the WONCA Family.

I hope you enjoy this issue, and please remember that you can drop me a line (or an article!) at

Happy reading, and Stay Safe!