Reports from World Family Doctor Day
About World Family Doctor Day
This year World Family Doctor day (FDD) has been celebrated by more people in more countries. We have been overwhelmed by the number of activities notified. Our gratitude to all who have contributed, whether as individuals and on behalf of organizations. Our apologies if we could not include your favourite photograph or your personal story as some limits have been set in order to feature many different countries. Many other items have been loaded onto the FDD Facebook page Translating the words "World Family Doctor Day: May 19" has become important as the day spreads around the world, for example: into Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.
Día Mundial del Médico de Familia: 19 de Mayo
Dia Mundial do Médico de Família: 19 de Maio
It is clear that World Family Doctor Day has now become a major event on the calendar of family doctors worldwide. This year we have chosen to feature celebrations from Nepal, as despite the very recent devastation of their country by two earthquakes, the general practitioners of Nepal made a celebration of World Family Doctor day and used it to pay tribute to the victims of the recent tragedy.
WONCA President's message on World Family Doctor Day 2015
WONCA East Mediterranean region
In the East Mediterranean region, the World Health Organization regional director Dr Ala Alwan has joined in the celebrations by sending a message to family doctors and member states. he underscores the importance of family practice for delivering quality primary health care and accelerating progress towards universal health coverage in the WHO EMR.
read Dr Ala Alwan's message
Featured country celebration - Nepal
Despite the very recent devastation of their country by two earthquakes, the general practitioners of Nepal made a celebration of World Family Doctor day and used it to pay tribute to the victims of the recent tragedy. Prof Pratap Prasad (WONCA South Asia region president) who is from Nepal reports.
I am forwarding clips of World Family Doctor day, organized by General Practitioners Association of Nepal (GPAN). We have been holding this day which we call World WONCA Day every year. Sadly this year our country was hit by a major earthquake and grief, death and destruction surround us.
Even in this crisis we hosted World WONCA Day, we paid our tributes and expressed our heartfelt condolences to all those who lost their lives, homes and loved ones. There were more than ten thousand deaths and fifty thousand casualties.
The members of GPAN from Kathmandu and outside the valley were present. GPAN president, Dr KK Rai, general secretary, Dr Sanjiv Tiwari, Dr Pratap Nayaran Prasad, WONCA South Asia regional president and other members of GPAN paid tributes and lit candles as a gesture to remember the loss of our nation over the past few weeks. National TV and other media were also present to witness our event which was later telecast in the main news bulletin.
Prof Pratap Prasad read the messages of Garth Manning, CEO WONCA and president WONCA Prof Michael Kidd.
On behalf of GPAN, I would like to thank all of our WONCA executive and WONCA colleagues who showed their respect and tribute for this Nepalese tragedy. Thanks to all.
Prof Pratap Prasad