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WONCA E-Update Friday 25th January 2019

WONCA E-Update Friday 25th January 2019

WONCA News – January 2019
The latest WONCA News (January 2019) IS NOW AVAILABLE and can be accessed at

Young Doctors’ Movement News
WONCA is blessed with a very active Young Doctors’ Movement in each of our seven regions, as well as having a young doctor representative on the WONCA Executive. This month’s news contains an article by Ana Nunes Barata, the YDM representative, and includes news from each of the regional YDMs.

Air Health Train the Trainers – Call for Applications 
WONCA’s Working Party on the Environment has announced a call for applications for the “Air Health Train the Trainers” Program. This program aims to increase awareness among family doctors and other primary healthcare practitioners– and in turn their patients – in Lower- and Middle-Income countries (LMICs) about the health risks of exposure to air pollution, with the goal of reducing the impacts of air pollution on their patients and communities, especially non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as Chronic Respiratory and Cardiovascular Diseases, as well as childhood pneumonia. For more details, including how to apply, go to:

Featured Doctor: Dr Tze “Lee” Tan (Singapore)
One of this month’s featured doctors, Dr Tze Tan is President of the College of Family Physicians in Singapore. He has been full time family physician, working with his wife and 2 other colleagues in a family practice, in a satellite town, in Singapore for the past 27 years. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in family medicine, and teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students from Singapore’s three medical schools. 

Atai Scholarship: Donations Sought
Dr Atai Omorutu was an outstanding Ugandan family doctor. She pioneered the establishment of family medicine program at Makerere University, Uganda and was head of the family medicine department at Makerere University from 2004 to 2011. Atai was an executive member of the WONCA Working Party on Women and Family Medicine (WWPWFM) 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 extraordinary leadership tackling the Ebola crisis in West Africa. 

Sadly she died in 2016, but WWPWFM has established a bursary scheme in her memory, to support African woman doctors to attend regional conferences. You can read more of the bursary scheme – and how to donate – at

PCI GP Update Global Programme 2019 
WONCA has an association with Primary Care International (PCI) which has previously been accredited by the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) to deliver primary care CME updates specifically developed for family doctors practising in all countries of the world. PCI’s GP Update Global Programme 2019 will be held at the Welcome Trust in London from 17-21 June 2019 

Specially designed for family medicine doctors practising internationally, this comprehensive 5-day course provides the renowned Red Whale GP Update overview of all the latest in primary care – plus extended sessions on respiratory issues, women’s health, effective consultation and managing musculoskeletal and chronic pain. It will bring delegates up to speed on all the latest evidence-based updates in primary care and offers 30 hours of consecutive learning.

The course is open to GPs / family doctors practising outside of the UK. There is an “early bird” offer until the end of January. Further details are at