World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)

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1970 Chicago IL USA


Founded 1970, Chicago IL (USA), at 4th World Conference on General Practice, when Interim Constitution adopted, the 1st Conference having been held 1964, Montréal (Canada). Original title: World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners - Family Physicians (WONCA) -- Organisation mondiale des collèges nationaux, académies et associations académiques des généralistes et des médecins de famille. Formally inaugurated and constitution and by-laws adopted at 5th World Conference, Oct 1972, Melbourne (Australia). Secretariat location: Adelaide (Australia) 1972 - 1981; Melbourne 1981 - Sep 1993; Hong Kong Sep 1993 - Sep 1997; Melbourne Sep 1997 - Apr 2001; Singapore (Singapore) May 2001 - Sep 2013; Bangkok (Thailand) Oct 2013 - present. Since 26 May 1989, when new bylaws were adopted, also referred to by shortened title World Organization of Family Doctors. Bylaws updated Jul 2010. Registered in Singapore under this title, 2 Jun 2000.


Improve quality of life of peoples of the world through defining and promoting its values, including respect for universal human rights and gender equity, and by fostering high standards of care in general practice/family medicine.


2021-07-07 | Amsterdam, Netherlands – Europe Regional Conference
2020-11-26 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – World Conference on Family Medicine

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World Council; Executive Committee; Statutory Committees; Working Parties (11); Special Interest Groups (15); Secretariat. Regional organizations (7): Africa; Asia Pacific; D-XE0837 - Confederación Iberoamericana de Medicina Familiar (CIMF); East Mediterranean; D-XD7183 - European Society of General Practice/Family Medicine (WONCA Europe); North America; South Asia.


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