By Vision Reporter
Dr. Margaret Mungherera, president of the Uganda Medical Association, has been elected president of the World Medical Association.
Dr. Mungherera, a psychiatrist, will take up office in October 2013 and will serve for a year, becoming the first woman president of WMA.
She was elected unopposed today by delegates at the WMA’s annual General Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand.
Dr. Mungherera, 54, has been a doctor for 30 years and a psychiatrist for 20 years with forensic psychiatry as her special area of interest.
She studied medicine at Makerere University Medical School in Kampala, Uganda, before taking a diploma in tropical medicine at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
For the past 10 years she has been senior consultant psychiatrist at Mulago National Referral Hospital, Kampala.
She is a founder member of Uganda Women Medical Doctors Association and was the first woman in Uganda to be elected president of the Uganda Medical Association in 1998 and again in 2010.
She was in the forefront of bringing together the national medical associations in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda) long before the revived East African Community started its work.
Dr. Mungherera said, “As president of the WMA my focus will be on urging national medical associations of poor countries to join and to participate in the activities of the WMA. I will also work towards encouraging the stronger NMAs to partner with the smaller NMAs, form collaborative links and share experiences. I will therefore focus a lot of my energies on ensuring that the WMA becomes more relevant to poor countries by addressing issues that affect the NMAs and health of people in such countries”.
Mungherera new World Medical Association boss