World Family Doctor Day 2019Guest Post: Garth Manning 15 May 2019
'Family doctors – caring for you for the whole of your life'
World Family Doctor Day (FDD) – 19th May - was first declared by WONCA (the World Organization of Family Doctors) 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 speciality in the delivery of personal, comprehensive and continuing health care for all our patients. It’s also a chance to celebrate the progress being made in family medicine and the special contributions of family doctors globally.
The theme for 2019 is 'Family doctors – caring for you for the whole of your life' where we especially want to highlight the role of family doctors in providing life-long care to their patients – 'from cradle to grave'. We especially want to emphasise that family doctors have a key role in the management of children and their pivotal role in palliative and end of life care.
WONCA shares with iheed the ambition to promote and enhance family medicine throughout the world, and we are delighted to support iheed and its educational programmes wherever possible. We have already collaborated on a number of projects and look forward to collaborating on many more in the future. Meantime we thank them for their support to family medicine education globally and their wish to celebrate with us to make World Family Doctor Day 2019 the most successful one ever.
Written by Garth Manning, CEO of WONCA