Friday 8th March 2019

WONCA News – March 2019
The latest WONCA News (March 2019) has just been published and can be accessed at

From the President: Building our influence
In his column this month Dr Donald Li describes how we go forward from the signing of the MOU with WHO, and in particular how we utilise our Working Parties and Special Interest Groups to best effect in our ongoing collaboration with WHO. He also looks ahead to his visits over the next few months.

WONCA and Planetary Health Alliance Declaration on Planetary Health

This month saw the launch of a joint declaration, developed by our Working Party on the Environment and the Planetary Health Alliance. Entitled “Declaration calling for family doctors of the world to act on planetary health”,  it sets out why this is important for family doctors and what we can do to mitigate the effects of climate change on health. You can access the full declaration on the WONCA website.

In my view: Declaration on Planetary Health
“The Planetary Health Alliance and the WONCA Working Party on the Environment have joined forces to develop and agree a Declaration calling for the family doctors of the world to act on planetary health. The Declaration, while highlighting the risks to health of environmental change also focuses on the opportunities for intervention to reduce the impacts and to tackle the driving forces responsible for these changes.”

This month’s “In my view” features an article by Sir Andy Haines detailing why this Declaration is so relevant to family doctors.

Report from the WONCA International Classification Committee (WICC)
It’s always good to feature updates from WONCA’s very active Working Parties and SIGs, and this month WONCA News highlights the work of WICC. WICC represents WONCA at WHO through WHO-FIC (WHO Family of International Classifications) and a subgroup is also doing excellent work on developing ICPC-3 – the third iteration of our International Classification of Primary Care.

Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes 

Provided by iheed of Ireland, this programme is accredited by the University of Warwick, which is ranked in the top 10 universities in the United Kingdom and 54th in the world.

Designed specifically for busy primary care clinicians, this world-leading online programme combines practical and case-based learning with face to face workshops delivered by a network of local and global diabetes experts. Enhance your skills and confidence in the diagnosis, treatment, management and care of people with diabetes. Local CME Accreditation with 91% programme satisfaction rating.

Apply now to avail of a place. Programme start dates vary by region from late March to mid-April 2019. Limited places available