Monday, August 24, 2015

International Federation of Medical Students Association Launched

Over 750 students from above 100 countries participated in the 64th August Meeting General Assembly of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) that took place in Ohrid, Macedonia under the theme of Migration of Health Workers.

The opening of the General Assembly was marked with the historic launch of a new online platform for IFMSA, which can be visited The United Nations Youth Envoy, Ahmad Alhendawi, stated his appreciation of the work done by IFMSA in the process of the sustainable development goals and the definition of the post-2015 agenda.

IFMSA represents 129 national member organizations (NMOs) from 121 countries around the world.

The Federation adopted a new set of Constitution and Bylaws, which guide the Federation internal work after an extensive review process. This aligns with the transition to the new structure of the Federation to better match the needs and priorities of medical students worldwide.

In regards to policy, eleven (11) new policy statements were adopted and/or renewed. Those include, but are not limited to the following topics: control of emerging infectious diseases, global road safety, environmentally sustainable healthcare facilities, hazardous and harmful use of alcohol, non communicable diseases, post-2015 future development goals, tobacco control, universal health coverage, trade and health. Those policy statements will support IFMSA global health advocacy in the highest levels. They will shortly be available online

To support medical students initiatives, the Federation has doted itself of ten (10) new programs, complementing the first set of programs adopted during March Meeting .Those programs addressed issues that are seen as important for medical students: children health and rights, communicable diseases, environment, ethics and human rights, health systems, HIV/AIDS and other STIs, human resources, mental health, sexuality and gender identity, and gender based violence.

Additionally, the meeting allowed national member organizations to elect the next Team of Officials, who will lead the Federation in the term of 2015-2016. Dr Emily Spry was elected as honorary life member. During her term as IFMSA President in 2003-2004, Dr Emily Spry increased the reach of IFMSA at the external level, providing numerous new opportunities for medical students. She led the implementation of the first IFMSA Strategic Plan, set the bases of the training division and served on the Supervising Council for four consecutive years.

IFMSA-Mexico has elected as the host of the 65th August Meeting General Assembly to take place in Cancun in August 2016.

The meeting has also allowed professional and research exchanges officers to sign over 13.000 contracts in approximately 1000 countries for the next season. IFMSA exchanges favours, intercultural understanding and allows medical students to explore health care delivery and health systems in different social and economic settings. Topics-based sessions were also held in the fields of public health, sexual and reproductive health, medical education, and human rights and peace.

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Contact: Claudel P-Desrosiers
IFMSA Vice-President for External Affairs
Phone: +1.438.831.0594

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