Dr Clarissa Fabre - Report from the World Health Assembly 2014

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cropped clarissaLast week I attended the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, as the Medical Women's International Association (MWIA) representative to the WHO. Over the next 3 years, MWIA is planning to produce a Manual on Domestic and Sexual Violence. Affecting one in three women globally, this subject has received a great deal of publicity in the last year, especially from the WHO and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) read more here and here.

President's blog April 2014

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FE Cornish

As I write my last President's blog, I cannot think of anything that gives me more pleasure than to celebrate the election of so many women as Presidents of Royal Colleges. We congratulate Jane Dacre as President of the Royal College of Physicians and Suzy Lishman as President of the Royal College of Pathologists, both MWF members. We also congratulate Clare Marx as the first ever female President of the Royal College of Surgeons. It is fantastic for all our members to see how encouragement and support of women can achieve such success, even if it has taken such a long

I have enormously enjoyed my two years as President and would like to thank everyone for their support, hard work and dedication. I am delighted to hand over the Presidency to Sally Davies, and I look forward to my role as Past President.


Dr Fiona Cornish
MWF President 2012-2014
April 2014

MWIA 29th International Congress Seoul, South Korea

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MWIA 29th International Congress Seoul, South KoreaNews and Events, July 31st to August 3rd 2013, Dr Helen Goodyear, Past President of MWF

Six MWF members attended: past presidents myself and Clarissa Fabre, MWIA joint national co-ordinators, Julie Rutter and Sue Overal, Amanda Owen and Elizabeth Youngs. The Korean organising committee had put an immense amount of effort into this event and this certainly paid off.

President's Blog - November 2013

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FE CornishWhen we chose the title of our Autumn Meeting a year ago, 'Patients' and Doctors' Safety: Can Women Change the Culture of the NHS?', we could not possibly have known how topical it would be. Patient Safety has never left the headlines in the recent lambasting of doctors and the NHS. Our speakers, including Dame Fiona Caldicott, Vivienne Nathanson and Vicky Osgood, were inspirational and generated lively discussion. Kim Peters and Michelle Ryan discussed their work from Exeter University on Role Models and the need for role models at all levels, not just the ones at the top of the profession who might not seem attainable. We had about 100 delegates, ranging from medical students to professors, so opportunities for talking and networking were ideal.

Report from Clarissa Fabre, MWIA representative for the World Health Organisation

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I attended the World Health Assembly in Geneva earlier this year. Dr Margaret Chan, the

New and EventsDirector General of WHO is truly inspiring. As one speaker said 'When Dr Chan speaks, the world listens.' Progress has been made on the Millenium Development Goals (see below), but much remains to be done, especially in reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. 'Universal Health Coverage' is the new buzz-word, and many speakers referred to this – healthcare for everyone independent of the ability to pay, a blurring of the boundaries between the roles of different types of health professionals, and the effective deployment of community health workers. Non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and the obesity epidemic are WHO priorities for the future.

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