From the incoming CEO's desk: Greetings
My warmest greetings to all members of WONCA in this, my first letter as CEO. I am immensely grateful to the WONCA Executive for putting their faith in me and hope that I can repay their confidence. I must begin by paying tribute to Alfred Loh and his team of Yvonne and Gillian – definitely quality rather than quantity! – who have so successfully guided the admin support of WONCA and its Executive for the past 11 years. For such a small team they have achieved a very great deal, and my small team and I have much to live up to. Our success in some ways will be judged by whether we manage the transition without anyone noticing there has been one!
WONCA has grown enormously in recent years, but sadly our income has not grown proportionately, and so much of the work we would desperately like to do is not possible through lack of funds. One of my aspirations is to increase our income stream whether through sponsorship, grants, formal project bids or whatever, but we will need country assistance for much of this. I would ask each member organisation to consider whether there is a trust or foundation in their country or region which might be willing to support the development of family medicine. Put me in touch with them and I’ll attempt the rest. Alternatively you could make contact with the country representative for one of the international aid agencies – whether USAID or DFID or CIDA or AusAID or whoever – to see whether they might be willing to support some local initiatives by your organisation in partnership with WONCA. In this way, and with better funding, we can start to offer more country and regional support for training programmes, research activities and the like.
For now, however, please bear with us. We have a very steep learning curve in the next few months and will primarily be focused on the World Council meeting in Prague, next June. However following Council we hope to start to take a more proactive stance and we look forward to your inputs and support. You can always contact me in the meantime – my new e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
My best wishes to all, and I look forward to meeting many of you at forthcoming conferences and meetings.
Dr Garth Manning