“Matris amino currant” meaning “healing with the love of a mother”.
AIM AND OBJECTIVES
We are dedicated to promoting women’s health, improving professional development and personal well being of our members and increasing the influence of women in all aspects of medical profession. Our aim is to expand the role of women in the achievement and maintenance of health throughout Nigeria.
- To provide a means of communication and co-operation between medical women in different parts of the countries.
- To promote the general interest of medical women in different parts of the country and foster friendship and understanding among them.
- To provide opportunities for medical women to confer at regular intervals, discuss the health problems of the communities they serve and take collective action to alleviate the health problems and promote the well-being of the various communities.
- To provide for a forum for discussions and inter-change of ideas with government, the public and international organizations on social and political problems that directly or indirectly affect the health of women and children in the country.
As a result of the progress made by the women Doctors, it further introduced the following aims and objectives:
- To stimulate, encourage and promote the entry of women into medical and allied schools throughout the world and assist them in optimum utilization of their medical training;
- To aid medical women particularly in the developing countries to obtain fellowships for study abroad, grants for research projects in their own country, and grants for travel and to attend scientific assemblies; and
- To encourage medical women to recognize the importance of the inter relationship of environment and social aspects of life as an influence on health and the necessity for health education in the community they live, in matters affecting physical and mental well being.
- Board of Trustees [BOT]
- Advisory Council of Past National Presidents [ACPP]
- MWAN Governing bodies:
- National Executive council
- National Executive Committee
- The General Assembly
- MWAN state Branches
- MWAN Committes.
- Full Membership: Medical and Dental women qualified and registered
- Associate membership: Females in medical institutions in Nigeria.
- Honorary membership: Non medically qualified female.
- Life Membership.
MWAN currently partners with Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs. MWAN has continued to maintain close collaboration with DAK Foundation/Rotary Club of Woy Australia, Unilever, Pfizer, Ford Foundation, British Associated Foods, Saro Lifecare Ltd, John Hopkins International Vaccine Access Centre, Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation (HSDF) and Access Bank PLC, in her efforts to achieving a foremost mandate of the Association, promotion of maternal and health in Nigeria. MWAN also collaborate with USAID/Target States High Impact Project (USAID/TSHIP), International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), and Association of Women judges.
MWAN 20th BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
MWAN was formally inaugurated on 23rd April 1977 at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria. A renowned Public Health Physician, Dr. S. Oludayisi Odutan, was the founder and first convener of MWAN in Nigeria. She was invited to attend the 14th International Congress of Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) in October 1974 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she presented a scientific paper. She came back to Nigeria and convinced some of her colleagues on the need for a national association to be formed. This vision was fulfilled on 4th June 1975 when Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Ibadan Branch, was officially inaugurated during a meeting held at Department of ophthalmology, UCH, Ibadan, Oyo state of Nigeria.
During the 15th MWIA congress which held in Tokyo, Japan, in August 1976, Nigeria was officially affiliated to MWIA as the first Medical Women Association from black Africa to become an affiliate of MWIA. This congress was attended by three female doctors, Dr. Oludayisi Odutan, Dr. Aderonke Manuwa-Olumide, and Dr. Modupe Onadeko, who were members of the MWAN Ibadan branch.
The national body was officially launched and inaugurated on 23rd April, 1977, with the following members as the pioneer elected National Executive Officers: Dr Irene Ighodaro, President; Dr Oyin Olurin, President-Elect; Dr Abimbola Silva, Vice President; Dr Iyabo Adeleye, Vice President; Dr S. Oludayisi Odutan, Secretary/Corresponding secretary; Dr Funke Akinsho, Assistant secretary; Dr Yetunde Odunsi, Publicity Secretary; and Dr Modupe Onadeko, Treasurer.
The first National Biennial Conference of MWAN was held at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, on 19th May 1979. Since then MWAN has continued to hold her National Conference every biennium, during which members assemble to deliberate on tropical public health issues of relevance especially as it concerns women and children. In addition, the National Executive Council and Committee members of the Association meet on quarterly basis to evaluate the progress made in the programmes and activities of the Association.
MWAN is an affiliate of the medical Women’s International Association (MWIA). MWIA is believed to be the oldest international medical organisation in continuous existence, having been founded in 1919 in New York, United State of America. As an affiliate of MWIA, MWAN has consultative status with the Economic Emergency Fund (EEF) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and cultural Organization (UNESCO). She maintains liaison with Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), International Federation of University Women (IFUW), and the International Council of Women Society (ICWS), amongst other organisations. MWAN is also an affiliate of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), and Nigeria National council for Women Societies (NCWS). MWAN in July 2017 was granted special consultative status with United Nations (UN) Economic and social Council (ECOSOC). This is the highest status granted by UN to non-governmental organizations (NGO), allowing the NGO participation in UN works
Presently, MWAN has 31 state branches, these state Branches in alphabetical order, are: Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Federal Capital Territory [FCT], Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Taraba.
Let Us Come Together To Promote The Health Of Women And Children