Atai Omorutu Scholarship Award

The Dr Atai Anne Deborah Omoruto Scholarship Award is in the spirit of Atai’s leadership in family medicine in Africa, inspired by her dedication to the advancement of women physicians and women’s health in family medicine, and in tribute to Atai’s exceptional courage, selflessness, and commitment to her patients with Ebola both in Uganda and Liberia.

She pioneered the establishment of family medicine program at Makerere University, Uganda and was head of the family medicine department, Makerere University from 2004 to 2011. Atai was an executive member of the WONCA Working Party on Women and Family Medicine and was the recipient of WONCA 2016 Global Five Star Doctor Award in recognition of her extraordinary service as a family medicine leader over many years, her service to the people of Uganda, and her recent extraordinary leadership tackling the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Atai passed away in May, 2016.

The Award

The aim of the award is to support opportunities for African women doctors whose economic circumstances limit their ability to attend WONCA biennial conferences, particularly those women in their early career.

The candidate for the Atai Omoruto Award should be an African woman family physician or family medicine resident in Africa, who demonstrates significant contributions in Africa, in any the following areas:

· Leadership in Family Medicine at the institutional, local, or national level
· Commitment to the advancement of women in family medicine
· Clinical courage and selflessness in providing care to the most vulnerable populations


Donations are solicited for the Atai’s scholarship fund. Donations can be made by colleagues from any region who are interested in supporting our African

Payment can be made to the fund through WONCA administration. For donation methods, please contact the Secretariat.