About Us

“Matris amino currant” meaning “healing with the love of a mother”.


Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-sectarian, and non-political organization of female Medical and Dental practitioners, who are qualified and registered according to the accepted national standards and regulation of the medical profession in Nigeria.


To be a foremost medical association in Nigeria in the Maintenance of quality health in Nigeria, thoughout the world, and a symbol of unity of medical women worldwide in improving the standard of quality healthcare and expansion of knowledge and excellence in health.


To serve humanity in pursuit of positive health programmes/projects throughout the MWAN State branches to the entire Nigerian populace, with special emphasis on women and children, and by employing up to date knowledge of delivery systems acquired through world class medical training of members and international/national scientific assemblies for greater visibility and influence of members in all aspects of the medical professions.


High ethical standards of practice
Welfare of members
Compassionate service
Professionalism and excellence



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.


  1. To provide a means of communication and co-operation between medical women in different parts of the countries.
  2. To promote the general interest of medical women in different parts of the country and foster friendship and understanding among them.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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
  3. 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.


  1. Board of Trustees [BOT]
  2. Advisory Council of Past National Presidents [ACPP]
  3. MWAN Governing bodies:
  4. National Executive council
  5. National Executive Committee
  6. The General Assembly
  7. MWAN state Branches
  8. MWAN Committes.


  1. Full Membership: Medical and Dental women qualified and registered
  2. Associate membership: Females in medical institutions in Nigeria.
  3. Honorary membership: Non medically qualified female.
  4. 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 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.

[show_more]At the 16th MWIA Congress which held in Berlin, Germany on 26th August –  2nd September 1978, Nigeria was honoured with the election of Dr. S. Oludayisi Odutan as the vice president of MWIA for Africa and the Near East Region. Thus, Dr. Oludaisi Odutan became the first black medical woman to hold an executive position in MWIA. MWAN was represented at this Congress by Female Doctors from Ibadan, Lagos, Benin, and Ile-ife. The delegates were led by the National President, Dr Irene Ighodaro.

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.[/show_more]

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