I am thankful to WONCA council members from around the world who elected me as WONCA Executive Member-at-Large in 2016 in Rio, and re-lected me in 2018 in Seoul. In this role I have tried to represent the general membership of WONCA, often listening to concerns, having an “ear on the ground”, paying attention to family doctors in all regions, translating what I see in my everyday work and what I hear and read from colleagues into the work of the Executive.
I am thankful to past WONCA President Amanda Howe and current President Donald Li who assigned me the role of WONCA-WHO liaison. In this role, I have supported our leadership in WONCA’s advocacy for Family Medicine, written multiple statements and documents, sought the advice of members of SIGS and Working Parties for these consultations, and networked with representatives of WHO regions, countries, NGOS, and colleagues and students organizations, on behalf of WONCA. I have also represented the interests of Family Doctors to the United Nations. At all these settings, I have carried the important voice of over half a million family doctors.
40 Years after Alma Ata: My Experience at the WHO/UNICEF Global Conference on Primary Health Care. Thursday, December 27, 2018
Advocating Locally, Nationally and Internationally for Improved Health for our Communities: A Faculty and Resident Experience Thursday, August 29, 2019
Representing Family Medicine at the World Health Assembly
Friday, May 26, 2017