To all WONCA Member Organizations,

Academic Members

Organizations in Collaborative Relationship. 28th January 2019

Dear colleagues


Late afternoon on Monday 28th January, Central European Time, WONCA and WHO signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signalling an ever closer bond and an even greater willingness to work together on a number of health related issues. Such an MOU is extremely rare, and WONCA is honoured to be granted it by WHO. The MOU is the culmination of a great deal of work behind the scenes by many people, but most especially through the endeavours of Donald Li and his excellent contacts at WHO Headquarters.

The MOU was signed by Dr Tedros, Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO, Director General, and Dr Donald Li, WONCA’s President. Donald Li, in a short speech, said:

Director General Dr Tedros and gathered colleagues, WONCA has had a close relationship with WHO for many years. This MOU between us is a consolidation of that commitment and a pledge for the future. The consequences of the Astana Declaration and the achievement of SDG 3 are of utmost importance to our members, in the pursuit of Universal Health Coverage for every person everywhere.

WONCA has 550,000 members in 150 countries and territories. We are providing professional primary care to millions of people globally. We recognise that effective, timely primary care delivery is not only about the doctors - we value working in qualified and competent multidisciplinary primary care teams to reach ever greater numbers and population groups.

This MOU provides a springboard to strengthen our collaboration with WHO – at central level here in Geneva, through technical and policy collaboration – but also at regional level and at country level.

Our Member Organizations will relish working with WHO country and regional colleagues on a wide range of issues in which family doctors and GPs have specialist expertise.

This includes, of course, planning, delivering, accrediting and monitoring primary care programmes. It includes the establishment