World Medical Association (WMA)

General Information
The World Medical Association (WMA) is an international organization representing physicians. It was founded on 17 September 1947, when physicians from 27 different countries met at the First General Assembly of the WMA in Paris. The organization was created to ensure the independence of physicians, and to work for the highest possible standards of ethical behavior and care by physicians, at all times.

Acting on behalf of patients and physicians, the WMA endeavors to achieve the  highest possible standards of medical care, ethics, education and health-related human rights for all people.

Focus Areas
Medical Ethics, Human Rights, Health Systems, Public Health.

Main Activities
Advocacy, projects, policy.

Contact Information
Adress: 13, ch. du Levant, CIB - Bâtiment A, 01210 Ferney-Voltaire, France
Telephone: +33 4 5040 7575
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Latest News

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