World Family Doctor Day 2018:
"Family doctors - leading the way to better health"

Dear colleagues

World Family Doctor Day (FDD) – 19th May - was first declared by 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 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 globally.

"World Family Doctor Day: May 19" has also now been translated into a number of different languages, including Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese:
Día Mundial del Médico de Familia: 19 de Mayo
Dia Mundial do Médico de Família: 19 de Maio

Last year many of our colleagues across the globe celebrated the day by organising a variety of events and activities, and we received reports and photographs from many countries, which we were able to feature in WONCA News. The Secretariat has also produced some posters which can be used and adapted locally: Download posters

We’re always happy for Member Organizations to develop their own theme for FDD, depending on local priorities. However this year – 2018 – we have chosen as the key theme “Family doctors – leading the way to better health”. We would love to hear of examples of good practice globally - and would even love to hear of any good examples in advance of Family Doctor Day. Karen Flegg, our WONCA Editor, has produced a template on the WONCA website where you can log examples of good practice, and all of these will be forwarded to our President, Professor Amanda Howe, in the first instance.

Submit example of "Family doctors- leading the way to better health
We look forward to getting reports from Member Organizations in due course with news and photos of the events held – whatever theme you choose. Many of these will be featured in future editions of WONCA News, though we regret that we now receive so many submissions on FDD that it’s simply not possible to publish them all.

With best wishes
Dr Garth Manning, CEO

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