Appointment Of New Secretary General Of The World Medical Association

Dr Delon Human, a 34 year old family physician from Pretoria in South Africa, has been appointed Secretary General of the World Medical Association. He will take up his post later in the year in succession to Dr Ian Field who retires after four years in the post.

Dr Human, a member of the Council of the Medical Association of South Africa, qualified as a family practitioner in 1985 and gained a diploma in child health when he spent two years doing paediatrics in the United Kingdom at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. After practising as a family doctor in Pretoria Dr Human then set up his own consultancy business in health care management.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Human said: "I am delighted about my appointment. I can identify one hundred per cent with the noble objectives of the WMA. Coming from a developing country I have a strong feeling for the poor, the needy and the disabled, and I want to see our global resources managed to such an extent that everyone has access to basic, good quality health care.

"I have a strong belief in the medical profession and in the fact that they are suited to be leaders and thinkers in managing health care on a global basis."

Dr Human, who is married with two young sons, is planning to move from South Africa to work at the WMA head office in Ferney Voltaire, France.

Dr Human was appointed by the WMA Council now meeting in Paris.