Issue 7 March 2010
was founded in May 1951 and is run by medical students, for medical students, on a non-profit basis. IFMSA is officially recognised as a nongovernmental organisation within the United Nationsâ€™ system and has official relations with the World Health Organisation. It is the international forum for medical students, and one of the largest student organisations in the world.
Imprint Editor in Chief Jesus Mateos del Nozal, Spain Editors Iwona Kalinowska, Poland Iza Ene, Romania Design/Layout Alexander Werni, Austria Proofreading Jonny Currie, United Kingdom Elly Pilavachi, United Kingdom Melhim Bou Alwan, Lebanon
The mission of IFMSA
is to offer future physicians a comprehensive introduction to global health issues. Through our programs and opportunities, we develop culturally sensitive students of medicine, intent on influencing the transnational inequalities that shape the health of our planet.
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Introduction by Projects Support Division Director email@example.com
Dear IFMSA Members! Here is the new Project’s Bulletin. The IFMSA Magazine, first published in August Meeting 2006, will be focusing on projects. First we will be examining the IFMSA projects, including an overview of their regulation and promotion, as well as information from all the official IFMSA projects including their contact details, for more information on the IFMSA projects check out our website www.ifmsa.org. Two articles from our IFMSA Initiative Projects, Think Global and the Tobacco Initiative Project, will be published. In the second half, we will be writing about the IFMSA projects awards; these are given out twice a year at the General Assemblies. There are awards for the three best Project Presentations, Project Fairs and the Rex Crossley Award. You are welcome to participate for next time, and I suggest you read the candidates articles for the Rex Crossley Award for the best IFMSA project at the March Meeting 2010. Jesus Mateos del Nozal IFMSA Project Support Division Director 2009-10
Contents IFMSA Official Project Regulation and Promotion
IFMSA Official Projects
Project Awards Info
Project Awards AM09
REX CROSSLEY Award Competition MM10
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Regulation and Promotion
IFMSA Official Project Regulation and Promotion
Within the IFMSA the term “projects” refers to activities in any field of interest of medical students, in concordance with the IFMSA principles, aims and policy statements. This includes projects, events, workshops, surveys, networks and campaigns. The projects and their coordinators rights, include: —— obtaining priority in their promotion within the IFMSA network, and our partner organizations, —— being able to display project information on the IFMSA website and the official projects database, —— receiving recommendation letters from the Executive Board, —— being supported in grant application and fundraising and, —— having one or two places secured for project representation at each General Assembly (depending the
category), —— moreover transnational and initiatives projects can choose to utilize the IFMSA banking system. Speaking about promotion I will focus in the activities held during each General Assembly Project Fair, and the Project Presentations where the IFMSA official projects, and projects running in NMOs, have an opportunity to present and promote themselves. —— The Project Fair is an event where project representatives can bring posters, leaflets, brochures, stickers and any other kind of promotional material about their activities. —— The Project Presentations are three sessions where some projects have the cahnce to show a promotional presentation about their project.
The IFMSA has three categories for projects. The list of all IFMSA official Projects is in the last page of this bulletin, and in http://www.ifmsa.net/ public/projectselect.php —— IFMSA Endorsed Projects are organized by a single National Member Organization, or a partner organization. —— IFMSA Transnational Projects are organized by more than one National Member Organization, or in collaboration between at least one NMO and another organization. —— IFMSA Initiatives are projects or series of projects centrally co-coordinated under the responsibility of the IFMSA Executive Board who elect the project coordinator. The process to gain IFMSA recognition is regulated by the bylaws (point 10.5.1); for endorsed projects the candidature must be sent to the Executive Board at any time of the year, for transnational and initiative projects the deadline is 1st December for March Meeting, and 1st May for August Meeting respectively. After that process the Project Proposal Reviewing Committee reviews the proposals, and advises the General Assembly that makes the final decision. The process to maintain IFMSA recognition is based on two half-year reports by the 1st of December, and 1st of May, update the project information on the IFMSA projects website and to comply with the constitution and bylaws of the Federation.
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Nick Watts firstname.lastname@example.org So you’re interested in Global Health, hey? Then this may just be the place for you! Heard of the Milennium Development Goals? Wondered why people are making such a big fuss about them? And why does everyone always go on about women’s health? (hint: the answer’s not just about equality) Think climate change, extreme poverty and hunger, mass migration, violent conflict, access to healthcare, globalisation, THINK GLOBAL! We’re committed to providing students with reliable and relevant information on Global Health. But
TOBACCO INITIATIVE PROJECT Christos Chronis email@example.com Do you like smoking? We – really – don’t. We think it’s an unhealthy and antisocial habit and we would all be better off without it! We here at SCOPH, care about public health, its protection and preservation. We care so much that we created the Tobacco Initiative Project. It’s a project to help empower individuals like Y O U, inform and prevent young people from becoming entangled in the “grey” world of smoking. We believe that a smoke-free society is a step towards a world of democracy and social equality. We aim
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we’re so much more than just that! In the coming year, we’ll be: running Think Global workshops at GAs and Regional Meetings around the world; developing a website with books, videos, articles on all the issues in global health under the sun; we’re releasing an International Survey on Global Health – expect to find it at your doorstep (inbox) shortly and we’re developing manuals and resources for your NMO to use, such as guidelines for how to get Global Health into your curricula or prepared Global Health workshops you can deliver. Think there’s something we’ve
missed? Tell us! Have a great Global Health Project your NMO runs, or just want to get involved? Then sign on to the Think Global Yahoo Server (thinkglobalteam), or email Nick Watts and tell us about it!
to render passive smoking a phenomenon of the past. We believe in the right of every person to have fun without having to tolerate the carelessness of a businessperson or a smoker in venues that right now smoking is prevalent. Check out some of our forthcoming events this year: Training Workshops for our Anti-Tobacco “Soldiers”; creation of anti-tobacco leaflets; smoke-free parties; anti-Tobacco Marathon; anti-Tobacco Exhibitions and many many more, some of them could even be your own ideas! If you share our
ideas and have more of your own, join us in our endeavor, empower our actions with your sparkling personality in a friendly and fun environment that promotes group work through individuality. Together, we can make the world, a tobacco-free place!
IFMSA Official Projects INITIATIVE PROJECTS (2)
You find a more detailled description on page 5. Think Global Nick Watts, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tobacco Initiative Project Christos Chronis, email@example.com
The aims for all future healthcare professionals to have an understanding of global health. Think Global works with students involved in the IFMSA and provides them with opportunities to learn about global health in the context of their clinical and extracurricular activities. These opportunities include global health workshops and theme events at IFMSA General Assembly and regional meetings. Students attending this training are encouraged to organize global health events in their own countries.
Created with the aim of uniting medical students worldwide against the tobacco menace, aiding and strengthening efforts to raise awareness and fight against tobacco’s social and health effects, and conduct of the tobacco industry itself. The activities during on May 31st at the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) are the biggest event throughout the year in Tobacco Control. The NMOs develop their own campaign according to the needs and opportunities of their country.
TRANSNATIONAL PROJECTS (34) ACTION Project Akihiro Kuno, Takahiro Hirayama firstname.lastname@example.org A one week training, organized every year in another Asian country. The main aims of ACTION (Asian Collaborative Training on Infectious Disease, Outbreaks, Natural Disaster and Refugee Management) Project are to increase and develop healthcare students’ awareness of infectious diseases and role of healthcare professions in Infectious Diseases Relief and to build human resources – trained and motivated doctors, who can work to relieve people who are influenced by infectious diseases.
Anti TB Campaign Huzeifa Gabir email@example.com The aim is to raise awareness on tuberculosis, and establish an international strategy among the medical students worldwide to respond to the return of the disease, and to motivate the IFMSA members to become involved in the global initiative adopted against Tuberculosis. The IFMSA Anti-Tuberculosis Campaign is a tool for IFMSA to coordinate numerous initiatives that already exist on TB and promote the organization of new ones within its National Members Organizations.
Awareness Strategies for Pollution from Industries (ASPIS) Maria Kalampogia, Theodora Athanasopoulou firstname.lastname@example.org The aims are to inform and raise awareness of decision makers on environmental issues. With the participation of medical students of different countries in all the stages of the project, ASPIS has aimed to inform the young health professionals about current health-related environmental issues, bring up fruitful and productive thinking through seminars, round tables and discussions about the future of the implication of human activity on health and activate medical students not only towards the prevention of environmental induced disease, but also towards environmental pollution itself.
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Calcutta Village Project Vincenzo Bertino email@example.com CVP works in order to fundraise and to widespread knowledge about IIMC, the Indian NGO working in the Calcutta south rural areas we’re supporting. The CVP works to fundraise, manage the rotation of the medical students going to Calcutta and widespread the knowledge of the project and the idea of the international cooperation. IFMSA volunteers can collaborate going to Calcutta, where they can e.g. attend nursing work, follow the medical examinations with the local doctors.
Daisy Project – Margarita Alice Lazaridou, Grigoris Svarnas Alice.firstname.lastname@example.org The project is comprised by a central activity which is attended by all participants and 4 peripheral activities which are optional according to the students’ preference. The expected outcome includes e.g.: the exposure of medical students to the real working conditions in the field of community-based medicine and the application of theoretical knowledge in order to deal with public health problems and the development of skills concerning the communication with the patients and their relatives.
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First Gynecological Consultation Marcin Bobiński email@example.com The project is addressed to the young girls attending the high schools or the last classes of the secondary schools (age 14-18) who mostly have not done first gynecological consultation. The aim is to share with young girls knowledge about “First Gynecological Visit” by itself, “Early Prevention of Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer” and the reproductive health problems that they may face beginning from the second decade of their lives. Ghana Health and Education Initiative Diana Rickard firstname.lastname@example.org The aims are to build the capacity of local communities to improve their own level of health and education through sustainable and participatory programs. GHEI’s education programs respond to the needs and desires of the local community. We run supplementary courses for bright young students and have constructed facilities that the whole community can access to improve their knowledge and skills.
Healthy Diet Project Nabil Ali Nasr, Lamia Abu Ghazaleh email@example.com Since eating behaviors during childhood track into adulthood and thus contribute to long term risks of health problems and chronic diseases, the project will be targeting mainly the primary school children. By changing many of the wrong habits the school children may have, we hope we will be able to play an active role in limiting the alarming rate of spread of many of the chronic diseases in our region! Hepatitis Awareness Campaign Nabil Ali Nasr firstname.lastname@example.org This project acts at multiple stages, facing both HCV and HAV. The project aims to increase awareness about hepatitis. It is divided into two parts: the first part deals with HAV and the target population are school students, the second part deals with HBV & HCV and the target population are nursing schools and faculty students. Influence of Studying on Students’ Health Mohammad Shalaby email@example.com The aim of the Influence of Studying on Students’ Health Project is to determine the level and causes of deterioration of health among medical and non-medical students (in further phases) as a result of stress-related factors, to develop programs to reduce or even prevent it; making target people more professional in facing stress.
Curriculum Database Covaliu Bogdan, Andreea Dragoi firstname.lastname@example.org Started by students working within the Standing Committee on Medical Education. Its aim is to help medical students easily find information about the different ways of studying and teaching medicine in faculties and countries around the world.
FGM Awareness Project Rana Salem, Khalda Abuelgasim email@example.com The aims is to see a world free from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), to prevent further mutilations and to protect all the girls all over the world from this inhuman act, while respecting their reproductive and human rights. They received training from UNICEF on giving Peer Education sessions about FGM, and PE from the MOH (Ministry of Health), organized workshops and trainings to train their members and their fellow medical students about FGM risks.
IFMSA Campaign on Malaria Abdalla Khalil firstname.lastname@example.org The aims are to raise awareness and visibility on Malaria and its numerous threats worldwide, and hopes to establish an international strategy among medical students to respond to its many challenges and motivate them to be involved in global initiatives adopted against Malaria. Through cutting edge strategies e.g. gathering information, providing assistance, organising fundraising activities, the IFMSA Campaign on Malaria hopes to be an excellent tool and resource to coordinate the efforts of medical students worldwide in helping to reduce the burden of Malaria. International Student Network on Ageing and Health Timothy Croquer Buque timothy.crockerbuque@googlemail. com An umbrella project that is concerned with the elders, trying to raise awareness among medical students, doctors and the general population. The two main pillars of ISNAH are information dissemination (this focuses on promoting awareness among health care professionals) and Curriculum Development. Innovative Approaches Promoting Adolescent Health and Development Ahmed Ibrahim email@example.com The aims are to quantify risk taking behaviors among medical students in the EMR and to develop approaches for improving adolescent health. Started with a survey that involved many universities in the countries involved.
Kenya Village Project Hank Selke, Tabrez Rajani volunteercoordinator@ volunteerkenya.org The aim is to fight HIV/AIDS, provide primary school education, encourage microenterprise development for women and provide healthcare for the people of Western Kenya without regard to religion, politics, ethnicity or nationality. Volunteers are able to travel to Kenya at any time of the year. Kumba Village Project Fabrizio Albarello firstname.lastname@example.org Created in 2003. It is a program that aims to contribute in the resolution of problems related to health and education in the city of Kumba and its rural territory. According to the interventional context of the program, two projects we developed: a Clinical Activity Project in the urban area called Kumba town, a Health Education Project in the rural area around Kumba in a small village called LobangĂ¨ which belongs to the district of Konye. Marrow Jonathan Gaughran, Lucy Craven email@example.com
Marrow is a volunteer student organisation based in 32 medical schools across the United Kingdom (UK), as well as in Netherlands, Finland and Germany. Marrow helps to take back lives from leukaemia by organising donor recruitment clinics in universities across the UK and by raising the charitable funds needed for these lifesaving activities. Students run the entire clinic, from welcoming others to counselling potential donors and taking their blood.
Mr and Ms Breastestis Walaa El Bedewy firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a reproductive neoplasm prevention project that aims to assess medical studentsâ€™ and public knowledge on Reproductive Neoplasms, Educate medical students on Reproductive Neoplasms, foster interdisciplinary and multi-sector approach to prevention / health promotion, in order to develop a coherent response to current global cancer burden. Northern European Co-operation of Sex Education Projects Marleen Vergagen email@example.com The aim is to improve the exchange of knowledge and co-operation between countries running sex education projects organized by medical students by organizing a conference once a year. In order to fulfill this aim a yearly conference is held in one of the participating countries, lasting four days. Every country is asked to send 5 participants, non-member countries are invited so send two persons as observers. NESCE includes 12 Northern European countries. Organ Donation Iris Rodijk, Ahmad Yakan firstname.lastname@example.org One of the major goals of this project is to educate medical students about the process of organ donation and organ transplantation. Medical students which receive certain education about this issue are more likely to have a positive approach to the organ donation process, and will be capable of providing their parents, friends and communities with all the information needed while deciding to become organ donors.
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Orphanage Initiative in Romania Line Pedersen, Sorana Martini email@example.com The target group of the project are children from 3 to 18 years, living in state institutions. During the school year, Romanian medical students try to have weekly activities with the children in one or two institutions in their city. During the summer holiday students from all over the world apply to join the project. They help the Romanian students and play with the children, participate in workshops and trips and other activities.
Residency Database Nestor Rodriguez Urgelles Maria Papadopoulou firstname.lastname@example.org The whole idea is about the construction and the renewal of a Residency Database, where every medical student and young doctor will be able to find information about the residency system and financial state of many countries, and the application procedure for a residency position in these countries. The importance of this project lies to the fact that a continuous growing number of medical scientists from all over the world desire to specialize or sub-specialize
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Rex Crossley Award Anca Chelariu Raicu, Iza Ene email@example.com It is an IFMSA project meant to recognize and bring to attention the work and the achievements of the best projects of IFMSA. The most interesting thing about RCA is that it is a project itself, a project which comes to fill a great gap in IFMSA, that of giving impulse and momentum to the most interesting and far-reaching international initiatives of the medical students. The RCA is awarded twice a year, during General Assemblies of the IFMSA. Scientific Opportunities Database Cosmin Paducel, Ivan Koychev firstname.lastname@example.org The main aim is to keep informed all the medical students from all over the world about the opportunities of studying around the world. We are collecting information about congresses, conferences, trainings, workshops, seminaries, summer schools, scientific meetings. SCORA Twinning Tina Sojat, Pero Markunovic email@example.com It is a cooperation of SCORA teams involved in peer education from 2-3 different NMOs through training and twinning during 3-4 days. Training offers experience and methods exchange, gain of facilitating skills and group discussions in order to develop own strategies in handling delicate teenage issues. Twinning means making new friends and future collaborators through familiar environment in small groups, hosting guest participants in their homes and bringing together different cultures through time spent intensively together.
SCORA-Xchange Ionut-Marcel Cobec firstname.lastname@example.org Our exchange aims to provide medical students with both theoretical knowledge and practical work concerning HIV/AIDS. This is achieved through lectures and direct contact with HIV infected children and with people living with AIDS. 3 weeks of clinical work in contact with the infected children and every day seminaries about the HIV infection presentation and discussion with the exchange students about the situation in theire home countries and evaluation of the exchange. Smile X Diana Tashkova, Alessandro Raffaele email@example.com A clown therapy project run by medical students all over the world. Our aim is to create a less stressed atmosphere inside our hospitals, between patients and medical stuff in order to improve all the treatment processes and to face the well know whit coat fear. More over we try to offer medical students more tools and techniques to approach our patients in a more relaxed way, finally again at the centre of the medical process. Smoking-ologist Ahmed Magdy Kassem firstname.lastname@example.org It is a project that is integrating the concept of Role-play Simulation in its activities and interventions. The participants will reflect on the role profile of a doctor who is a smoker (Smokinologist) in an artificial social setting where smoking is a medical specialty (Smoking-ology), implying that the smoker doctor promotes smoking. Such concept will expose the participants to firs-person experience of personalities, motivations and backgrounds of doctors who are smokers.
Peace Test Ema Djihic, Esther Vroegue email@example.com It is a human rights and peace education project. It is based on an internationally conducted survey that uses a questionnaire that qualitatively measures youths’ attitudes towards human rights, violence, war and multiculturalism. There are several methods by which people can even unintentionally separate their actions from inborn and learned moral regulations. Medical students conduct the survey, combine it with human rights and peace education, and publish the results.
in a medical field outside his/her own country and they face a lot of difficulties in finding the proper source of information.
Sudan Village Concept Project Aman Abdelgadir Yousif, Tarig Eltahir firstname.lastname@example.org The project aims to create a perfect village in which every thing is available and in the best way with all the facilities and infrastructure and medical support.
Teddy Bear Hospital Tina Kurent, Andrei Dumitrescu email@example.com Teddy Bear Hospital aims to help young children between ages of 3-6 to lose their fears of doctors and hospital environments in a friendly and playful way. It is achieved by setting up a hospital for teddy bears. Children are invited to attend our hospital with their teddy bear and together with a teddy doctor (medical student) they try to heal their ill friend. At the same time the project provides an opportunity for medical students to learn more about pediatrics and gives them a chance to work with children.
Uganda Village Project Alison Schroth Hayward firstname.lastname@example.org It is an international public health organization working to promote and advocate for long term community health and development solutions based on grassroots needs in the Iganga District of Uganda. Main areas of focus are healthcare (with speSmile X cial attention to malaria, obstetric fistula, and eyesight), orphan support, and clean water. Workshop in Peer Education for Medical Students in Lebanon Yorg Azzi, Marcin Bobinski email@example.com Peer Education is not a sustainable project in LeMSIC-SCORA. Peer Educators are few and graduate quickly with no handover or training of new recruits. This is compounded by the security and political situation. Therefore, this project was started so that IFMSA-Poland SCORA members
would give a yearly workshop in peer education to the LeMSIC-SCORA members. IFMSA-Poland members
also bring in new training techniques learned from YPEER and other sources unavailable to LeMSIC-SCORA. This workshop may take place in Lebanon or Poland, with the ultimate aim of a sustainable Peer Education program in LeMSIC-SCORA.
This Projects Bulletin is an IFMSA publication ÂŠ Portions of this Projects Bulletin may be reproduced for non political, and non profit purposes mentioning the source provided. Notice: Every care has been taken in the preparation of these articles. Nevertheless, errors cannot always be avoided. IFMSA cannot accept any responsibility for any liability. The opinions expressed in this Projects Bulletin are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of IFMSA. Teddy Bear Hospital
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ENDORSED PROJECTS (7) Child Abuse Prevention Project Huma Humayun Khan, Saba Javed firstname.lastname@example.org
EQUIP Kim Le, Chuck R. Vrasich email@example.com
EQUIP is a national campaign to engage students in medical supply
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Maternal and Child Health Project Mehreen Zamir, Saadia Wahid firstname.lastname@example.org The main aims of the project are to aid the Pakistan Health system in its goal of reducing the Maternal Mortality rate in Pakistan by one third by 2010 by ensuring access to skilled birth attendants and institutional deliveries, to train medical students in basic Maternal and Child Health Problems including their diagnosis and treatment and to inculcate a spirit of counseling patients amongst the health community of Pakistan. P2 (Physician x Pharmacist) Collaborative Project Ghaisani Fadiana, Kalman Wijaya email@example.com The main aims are to promote collaboration and partnership between future physician and future pharmacist all over the world through global health-related joint activities. They are provided supporting tools (handbook, guidelines, etc) which also contains research-based survey results about current healthcare students’ statistics and data. Reproductive Health Education Project for Adolescents in School Abhisek Jaisawal firstname.lastname@example.org The major goals are to obtain a baseline data on the existing knowledge, attitude and practice of ado-
lescents in schools on reproductive health issues, improve this knowledge to an acceptable standard and then create mechanisms for sustaining the project at the project sites locally so that local teachers are able to conduct school health education on their own in future. Sexpression Amena Shelleh email@example.com It’s a medical student project aimed at educating about sexual health and relationship advice in the local area. The aims of this projects are creating opportunities to discuss sexual matters in an open, non-judgmental environment; promoting individual self-esteem and empowerment; encouraging respect for personal beliefs and values; facilitating informed decision-making and autonomy regarding sex; ensuring that young people have the skills to access sources of confidential advice. Substance abuse and dependence Ana Vilotijevic, Bojan Sekeres firstname.lastname@example.org The goal of the project is to raise awareness about dependence disorders and to raise the knowledge and skills that will enable young people to face challenges and pressures of society, as well as good organizing of their by-time. Main reason for this project initiation was a lack of effective and continuous educational programmes for medical students in the fields of prevention, education, and research of dependence disorders.
The aim is to expose and sensitize future medical professionals to the issue of Child Sexual Abuse and work for the advocacy and alleviation of the issue on a national or even an international level. The project involves training a group of medical students from Khyber Medical College, Peshawar and King Edwards College, Lahore with regards to Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. As a follow-up of the training, the medical students will proceed to organize activities for children at local schools regarding child abuse, keeping within our social and cultural norms.
recovery and donation to the developing world. Formerly a transnational project, EQUIP is being revived, starting as a pilot project within AMSAUSA. Together with REMEDY, EQUIP aims to increase awareness of medical surplus, the number of equipment recovery programs and the utility of donated supplies.
Project Awards Info There are three awards for IFMSA projects: Project Fair, Project Presentation and Rex Crossley. See below the winners of the last General Assembly, congratulations to all of them and I suggest you get in contact with them. I want to introduce you to the new system of IFMSA Project Awards called since now Rex Crossley Awards that include three categories:
—— Project Presentation Competition —— Project Fair Competition —— Best Project Competition For the first and the second prize you have to send the candidature, and prepare something interesting. During the General Assembly all the projects stands and presentations will be evaluated by a committee formed by Rex Crossley Coordinators and other projects people.
For the third prize you have to fulfil one report, and the best candidates have to write an article for the Project Bulletin. The best one will win the award to the best IFMSA Project. Finally all the prizes are given during the Closing Ceremony, so don´t forget to attend.
Project Awards AM09 Rex Crossley Award
Best Project Presentation
Best Project Fair
1st Price National Health Week FGMSA (Ghana) Olumide John Kolawole email@example.com
1st Price IF Volunteer team IFMSA-Taiwan Yu-Ju Kuo firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Price EQUIP AMSA-USA Kim Lee email@example.com
2nd Price Fashion Show Against Anorexia and Bulimia IFMSA-Mexico Gabriela Lugo noph_ifmsa_mexico@yahoo. com.mx
2nd Price DAPHNE IFMSA- Poland Agnieszka Kuświk firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Price AIDS Scratching cards ANEMF (France) Myrtille Prouté email@example.com
3rd Price Public health and reasearch papers contest IFMSA-Spain MariPaz Guerrero Molina firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Price Orphanage Initiative in Romania FASMR (Romania) Irina Preda email@example.com
3rd Price Seed of Hope Hospital IFMSA-Taiwan Heng-Hao Chan firstname.lastname@example.org
REX CROSSLEY Award Competition MM10 >> 12
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Health in Rural Uganda Uganda Village Project, a grassroots nonprofit collaborating with communities on effective health and development programs. Alison Hayward email@example.com
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populations most in need, working together with communities to identify their most pressing issues, and formulating effective interventions to address those issues are the tenets of the Healthy Villages initiative. Uganda Village Project’s Healthy Villages Initiatives, a seven year program that covers 12,842 households and 70 villages, works at a villageby-village level to address the most pressing healthcare concerns of each community. In each of our Healthy Villages, we: —— Provide preventative education, trainings and workshops on pressing healthcare concerns such as malaria, safe water, hygiene and sanitation, and obstetric fistula —— Collaborate with local partners to provide preventative healthcare options such as STD or HIV testing, immunizations, or birth control —— Create referral networks whereby local health centers or community health workers alert UVP if a patient requires specialty care beyond its own capacity (such as cataract removal, obstetric fistula repair, or tubal ligation), and UVP arranges for the patient to receive this healthcare at a specialty site
—— Construct one or more shallow wells as needed, in partnership with the villagers and the District Water Office —— Provide subsidized water treatment products and malaria nets to households, both through direct sales and through setting up supply chains for both products in each village —— Create Village Health Teams which function as ‘model citizen’ households for health and sanitation behaviors and improvements, as educators, and as primary healthcare contacts for the community —— Implement regular evaluations of progress in each initiative. Addressing health is pivotal to alleviating poverty in rural Uganda; improving rural health and healthcare access leads to a better quality of life and reduces preventable health care costs. According to Guardian News and Media, “Eighty per cent of Uganda’s doctors are in urban areas, yet 80% of the Ugandan population lives in rural areas”. In the same way, large multinational NGOs are concentrated in population centers and do not reach those most in need. The Uganda Village Project is a nonprofit that uses a structured but versatile approach to community health and development initiatives designed to reach remote villages suffering from extreme poverty.
Rex Crossley MM10
The Uganda Village Project has been working in the rural Iganga District of Uganda for the past 6 years. Founded on the Village Concept developed by the World Health Organization, our target is to work with communities on prioritizing and addressing needs to improve health and eradicate poverty. Our home district, Iganga, is one of the most marginalized in Uganda, and is by and large ignored by large multinational nongovernmental organizations. Enter Uganda Village Project: a nonprofit that runs on the motivation, passion, and energy of international students working together with Ugandan students to reach remote villages and make sustainable, lasting change. Our main strategy for addressing community-level concerns, the Healthy Villages initiative, is an innovative concept involving collaborative work with the Ugandan government, diverse local nonprofits and community groups, and the communities themselves. Focusing our efforts on
National Health Week 2009 Prevent Malaria; Save a Mother and a Child.
Rex Crossley MM10
John Godswill Gyasi Banin firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual National Health Week is an initiative of the Federation of Ghana Medical Studentsâ€™ Associations that brings the medical student closer to the community and affords the medical student an invaluable opportunity to bring his/ her knowledge and acumen to bear on improving the life of the ordinary Ghanaian. During Health Week, Medical Students all over Ghana (FGMSA) are given one week off lectures and ward sessions so they can travel to districts across Ghana and engage in a one week intensive health education campaign. Students are trained as volunteers in pertinent health issues and then dispatched to the various districts/ regions to embark on a farreaching health education campaign. Collaborators over the years have been the Ministry of Health, The Ghana Health Service and interested corporate entities. Malaria continues to be a major health challenge in many parts of SubSaharan Africa, Ghana, very much, inclusive. According to the 2008 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey, malaria is responsible for up to 50% of in-patient admission and 44% of out-patient visits remain malaria related. Among pregnant women in Ghana, 14% of out-patient visits, 11% of admissions and 9% of deaths are due to malaria and its myriad complications.
Though absolutely preventable and very curable, many pregnant women and children under five continue to die needlessly from malaria. Thus the theme for this edition was, Prevent Malaria; save a mother and a child. Activities lined-up for the weeklong celebration were as follows: Awareness walk in Accra and Kumasi, Grand-durbar and Launch of Health Week 2009, Departure of teams of volunteers to the various as-
signed districts and Health education/ campaign in the various districts. The focus of our message revolved around the following three thematic areas in terms of preventing malaria: the use of insecticide treated nets, improved health seeking behavior and effective case management of malarial illnesses and the importance of adhering to the full course of Intermittent Preventive Treatment for pregnant women. Teams of at least four students were stationed in each district and
their task was to carry the message to the general public. Volunteers did this by outreaches to High schools, Talk shows at workplaces and offices; health talks at antenatal clinics and child welfare clinics. Other means used were the use of information vans provided by the district assemblies and also through the use of local radio stations. By working in collaboration with the District Health Management Teams in the various districts, we managed to effectively carry our message on malaria in pregnancy and children to the communities. Other achievements of the project included the following: distribution of 100 Insecticide Treated Nets and 100 insect repellent creams to Pregnant Women attending antenatal The La general Hospital; distribution of about 10, 000 K-O TAB retreatment drugs for the mosquito nets nation-wide; demonstration of how to retreat mosquito nets. It is our firm believe that through the celebration of Annual National Health Week, we have made our contribution to helping Ghana achieve her Millennium Development Goals. We hope to build more partnerships in the future with other NMOs and agencies to make Health Week more meaningful and effective.
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The Sexuality of Disabled Children Malgorzata Zochowska email@example.com
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That is how the project “The Sexuality of Disabled Children” came to existence. Most of mentally disabled do not speak, do not understand and fail to memorize verbal draft. The best way of forming their attention is using games, illustrations and repetition of the same action over and over again. Educators have the possibility to take part in children’s school day – playing with them, helping them with reading, writing and painting. Thanks to such activities, both educators and disabled children feel more freely with each other, so that the lessons are more effective and we can build the pleasant and friendly atmosphere together.
How do we educate the disabled children? Sometimes we just start a random discussion during a casual lesson at school. We ask about differences be-
tween man and woman and whether they can identify themselves with a particular gender. Usually we use some games, for example a game called “Pancake”. One person is a pancake and others put fictitious jam, raisins, sugar on him. Playing this game we can show them, which parts of the body can be touched. Furthermore we provide parents and teachers with written materials and brochures containing information about the subject and addresses of the gynecological clinics, where they can go with a disabled girl, to encourage them to participate in their children sexual education. As a result, the educators get the best reward – the smile of happier children who are not longer are punished for their sexuality.
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Try to recall your adolescence the time of surprising body changes; the time, when friends begin to be most important; the time, when you fall in love for the very first time… It were hard, though very interesting days in your life, weren’t they? But not everyone remembers this period the same way as you. For mentally disabled people adolescence can be the most traumatic part of their lives. They don’t understand, what happens with their bodies and how to react on that. They don’t know, how to deal with sexual urge. And they have no one to ask for help! Students from IFMSA-Poland found a solution to this problem. During “Summer Trainings with Disabled”, when there were episodes of socially unacceptable sexual behaviors, IFMSA students simply talked privately with this particular teenager and explained how he/she should control his/her emotions in everyday peer-topeer situation. Participants were surprised how great results they achieved. They realized, that the most important reason for problems of disabled’s sexuality is the lack of information among the disabled.
Carabook The little book every medical student should have.
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Victoria Lanvin firstname.lastname@example.org
The Carabook is a pocket sized guide for medical students at the hospital. It holds an explanation for the clinical exam in every specialty, paraclinical and biological exams, and tips to understand how the hospital works. The hospital is a scary place, especially when you are a medical student. In France, students start working in the hospital during their third year of medical studies, and often their knowledge in semiology don’t exceed the basics, they have to learn “on location”. It is also frequent, regardless of the year of study, for a student to be put in a very uncomfortable position when faced with a temporary memory loss, especially when the professor in chief is around. This is why ANEMF decided to create a pocket sized booklet that would sum up the rudiments of semiology, with a chapter for every specialty, in order to be useful no matter witch department the student would be in. It would be a reminder for a thorough clinical exam in every specialty. The goal was double. The first one was to give the students a tool that would help them daily “surviving” at the hospital and avoid be able to
understand every clinical situation, even at the beginning of the medical course. The second was to make those students take full profit of the experience of working at the hospital. They could compare in real time the theoretical notions learned in books and the real-
ity of the hospital, thanks to explanations of great quality and a handy size. Once these goals were identified, the members of ANEMF had to find professors and high quality authors
that would write the text. It was a high priority that the content of the booklet was verified, trustworthy and well explained. A partnership with the National Pedagogic Association for the Teaching of Therapeutic (APNET) made it possible, and renowned professors wrote and proofread the text. In order to have a Carabook for every medical student, it was decided to print one book for every third year student, every year. The Carabook could then be useful on the first day at the hospital, and kept in the blouse pocket for the rest of the medical course. This represented 7 000 booklets and a budget of 10 000 €. Financial partners were able to pay in exchange of publicity in the booklet. ANEMF now sends every year 7000 Carabooks to its local associations, who give out these guides to all of their third year students. Throughout the years, the Carabook became a reference among the medical students, who learned to be in the hospital with this guide in their pocket. And even though guides such as the Carabook are ANEMF’s most important budget expense, it is also one of ANEMF’s most useful service to its students.
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ACTION Project Asian Collaborative Training on Infectious Disease, Outbreaks, Natural Disaster and Refugee Management. Taiko Nakazawa email@example.com
The Asian Collaborative Training on Infectious Diseases, Outbreak, Natural Disaster and Refugee Management (ACTION) is aimed at providing healthcare students from Asia-Pacific most of the essential knowledge and skills required to prevent, cure or relieve, and rehabilitate victims of infectious diseases and natural disasters. Every year, we organize one week training in another Asian country. During this training, participants will acquire the basic skills and knowledge through the lectures, small working groups, plenary, and field trips. Students around the world will also benefit from the outcome of the training as all follow-up activities will be disseminated through the IFMSA’s global networks.
The aim of ACTION - Project is : —— To increase and develop healthcare students’ awareness of infectious diseases and role of healthcare professions in Infectious Diseases Relief. —— To build human resources – trained and motivated doctors, who can
work to relieve people who are influenced by natural disasters. —— To motivate trained healthcare student’s to spread their knowledge on natural disasters and infectious diseases in their own country.
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MARROW Fighting to take back lives from leukaemia.
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Jonathan Gaughran firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year thousands of people are diagnosed with leukaemia and other diseases of bone marrow. For many a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant may be their only cure - only 30% of patients find a match. MARROW is the UK’s student run voluntary organisation which holds donor recruitment clinics and fundraises for this cause. Since its establishment in 1998, MARROW has grown from strength to strength through its association with the UK’s largest national bone marrow register, The Anthony Nolan Charity. MARROW’s primary activity is the organising of clinics where potential donors can access information about bone marrow donation and join the register should they wish. These clinics are entirely student-led and consist of counselling potential donors about the implications of being on the register, and for those who decide to join, the collection of a small blood sample. As students are generally young, healthy, and represent a broad cross section of ethnicities,
they are the perfect potential bone marrow donors. As such, it is MARROW’s ultimate aim to provide every student with the opportunity to join the bone marrow register. It cost €135 to place a donor on the bone marrow register. In order to assist Anthony Nolan, MARROW
groups regularly hold fundraising events. As well as local events such as bake sales and bag packing, groups around the country have worked together to hold highly successful National events such as funruns, cycling and mountain climbing challenges. Currently Marrow consists of 32 groups throughout the UK. In order to support each group and provide a contact link with Anthony Nolan, a National committee is elected each year. This committee aims to support each MARROW group by running regional AGMs in addition to a National AGM.
These meetings provide opportunities for the whole network to meet up, along with representatives from Anthony Nolan in order to discuss current recruitment policy and share best practice. Marrow’s International position is growing since becoming an IFMSA transnational project in 2006. With MARROW groups currently running in the UK, Netherlands, France, Finland and Germany, a key aim of MARROW UK is to encourage and support the establishment of MARROW groups in even more countries. In recognition of these efforts, MARROW was the proud winner of the Rex Crossley ‘Best Project in the World’ award at AM07 and AM08. MARROW is responsible for approximately one-third of the 6000+ potential donors recruited onto the register in the UK each year. In the last 10years more than 100 people who have signed up at Marrow-run clinics have gone on to donate bone marrow and potentially saved a life. A number we want to grow! BE A MATCH, SAVE A LIFE.
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Healthcare Professional Forum Helping medical student to find their professional orientation. Florence.Sauvanud email@example.com
their profession and formation. The HPF wanted to be human-sized and based on people exchanges. 5 students from the local committee worked during seven months to put these ideas into reality. They constructed it with the University and federations of Medical doctors. The city, the region, the university and private partners helped to finance the project. Many tools of communication were developed and 150 stakeholders from various fields invited. This led us to the first HPF edition, the 11 and 12 march 2009, were 1500 students participated for free to: 8 round tables, 6 conferences and 30
The day after this first opus, the project was presented in an ANEMF’s congress to the 35 French committees. They recognized the utility of HPF for their students too. Therefore, ANEMF, in collaboration with the HPF’s first team proposed to coordinate the national diffusion of the project, offering tools of formation and communication (www.fms-info.org). March 2010, one year after, three committees present their Healthcare Profession Forum, with local adaptations. In 2011, seven French associations want to include it. If you’re interested too, the ANEMF team stays at your entire disposal to detail the project and its methodology.
Once these problems identified, all remaining was to find a solution! In 2008 appeared the first idea of a huge forum with three objectives: Accompany students in first year of medical study in their orientation and reorientation. Help medical students to build their own professional project presenting lots of specialities. Invite professionals, pedagogic responsible and advanced students to present
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March 2010, the National Association of Medical Students of France opens in Toulouse, Lyon and Strasbourg the 2nd edition of its youngest project: the Healthcare Profession Forum (HPF). To understand what this forum is and how it spared among French medical Faculties, we’ll go back in time in Strasbourg, 2007. At this time, students elected in the University council put forward two problematic: —— 50 000 students are in competition in the first year of medical study. 20% of them will access either to medicine, odontology, Mide-Wife or physiotherapist schools. 40 000 of them fail, have to find another orientation and are at loose ends because they did not have “B plan”. —— Each year, 7 000 student in sixth year of medicine have to choose their medical speciality. Despite of the clerkships, they don’t know the entire panel of medical professions. Therefore, many of them do not have constructed their professional project and some specialities are missing young doctors.
stands animated by 53 stakeholders (nurses, ergo therapists, dietician, but also student in politics, economics, etc...) presenting their formation and profession to first year students. 93 discussion tables and 13 conferences with more than 45 medical doctors and advanced student presenting their field of practice and the formations to access it to medical students. 95% of the students recognized it helped to construct their professional project. At the cloture ceremony, the present associations, institutions and partners recognized the utility of this initiative.
First Aid Trainer (F.A.T.) Do you want to become… F.A.T.? Maria Kalampogia-Polychroni firstname.lastname@example.org
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First Aid Trainer is a new project of HelMSIC, organized for the first time in Athens, on May 13&26 2009. As it could be easily assumed by its name, the aim of the project is the training of medical students in acting as instructors of First Aid themselves to their community members.
The idea for F.A.T. was born from the sad observation that hundreds of the lives lost because of cardiac arrest in Greece could have been saved, if the people of the victim’s environment were familiar with the basic First Aid techniques like CPR. Unlike in most advanced countries, in Greece First Aid is not taught at school, resulting in poor knowledge among the public. Even among medical students, the knowledge of basic First Aid skills is sometimes inadequate. Alarmed by these sad facts, we decided to take initiative in our field:
the medical education and the contribution of medical students to the public. In order for our intervention to have substance and duration, our goals were to: achieve the advanced level of knowledge on First Aid necessary for the medical students; offer opportunities to practice; create train-
ers for the public and motivate the students to always be kept posted on the latest developments and maintain their skills acute In this direction the F.A.T. Project was born, a 2-day seminar on First Aid including BLS and ALS techniques, addressed to both clinical and pre-clinical medical students. Each day the training is separated in two parts: a short theoretical part that contains lectures on guidelines and relative subjects and a practical and more extensive part, where the students are separated in smaller groups and practice individually in techniques such as CPR, use of Automatic External Defibrillation and intubation, after a demonstration from the instructors. After the educational part is completed, they are tested on stimulations of real-life incidences to prove their knowledge and capacity. If they complete the challenge successfully they are certified First Aid Trainers and have the chance to teach in at
least one class of the First Aid Course of the University. The project was organised with the collaboration of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the intensive care unit of “Evaggelismos” University Hospital of Athens, under the training of Mr. Serafeim Nanas, Associate Professor of Intensive Care Medicine and his associates. The results that came up from the evaluation were, to our great satisfaction, very encouraging: 87% of the participants consider themselves able to offer effective help in case of emergency; 74% consider themselves capable trainers; 71% are interested in developing further activity as trainers and 97% would recommend the seminar to other medical students. So the first F.A.T. seminar came to an end, but our efforts do not stop here. Enforced by the great achievement of having fulfilled our goals, we continue on a strong and stable foundation in order to repeat the project every semester and establish it on a national and maybe someday even an international level. And do not forget…if you want to become F.A.T. do not hesitate to contact us!
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4 Life CPR and first education for lay population. Tamara Todorovic email@example.com
Project 4 Life contains goal-oriented education of lay population in the field of first aid. The aim of the project is to increase the response of a layman in the event of emergency, encourage the lay population to approach and properly handle urgent situations and also to promote first aid as an ethical, moral and legal responsibility of every individual. Why do we do it? In the countries of the European Union, the necessary first aid knowledge is usually obtained in first aid courses, which are
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How do we do it? Our biggest goal is to increase the level of CPR knowl-
edge in lay population. The team of more than 150 medical students from Medical Faculty of Maribor and Ljubljana tries to reach that goal by organizing charge-free first aid courses, which are held on different locations all over our country. Courses are
divided into theoretical and practical part, together lasting for about three hours. The purpose of the theoretical part is to refresh participants’ first aid knowledge and introduce to them the latest guidelines of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC). In the practical part, which represents the majority of the course, the participants are divided into four groups which complete the following first aid workshops: 1. CPR, 2. AED usage, 3. immobilization and caretaking of larger wounds and 4. variety of different grips, positions of the injured. The workshops are carried out by instructors – medical students, who demonstrate proper first aid procedures and ensure that every participant takes an active part in the learning process by trying the techniques themselves. In 2009 we organized 60 courses and educated more than 1500 people. The response of the participants was simply amazing and we consider it to be the greatest reward for our work. Proper handling of urgent situations should be a reflex and not an act of uncertainty or fear. To reach this level of knowledge and therefore increase the chances of survival of the injured, first aid knowledge should be regularly renewed. Project 4 Life offers that with charge-free first aid courses and promotion of first aid. Let’s not forget – knowledge saves lives. More info at www.zazivljenje.org/ en.
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mandatory for those who are applying for driving licenses. These courses should prepare us to properly handle urgent situations of any kind – car accidents, wounds, heart attacks … But do they? Results of a recent survey in Slovenia show a catastrophic re-
sponse of the lay population in accidents of any kind: only one out of ten bystanders will approach and help the wounded. The main reason for this unresponsiveness is fear, and fear points to the lack of knowledge. The thing is, to make people more confident in their abilities and increase their responsiveness, CPR and first aid skills must be regularly renewed. This is why in March of 2007 Slovenian project 4 Life was born.
Peace Test An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind… does it? Ema Dzhic and Esther Vroege firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
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The PeaceTest, an educational project conducted yearly, world wide. It is based on a survey measuring youths’ attitudes concerning human rights, violence, war and multiculturalism. The main goal is to provoke the youth to reflect on problems that are related to these sensitive issues and engage them in discussion. Our field is measuring attitudes that prevail among the youth, raising awareness among the general public and measuring changes in attitudes and the reasons behind these changes! Mass violence is a major public health problem! Prevention is better than cure is what they say. There has been an increased focus on investigating processes involved in the escalation of violence and environments and attitudes stimulating acts of violence. Medical leaders (and leaders in general) are eager to learn how deadly conflicts can be prevented. The Peace Test survey - consisting of 20 statements is developed in the US and based on moral disengagement theory- stating that it becomes easier to commit an act of violence when it can be morally
justified, when there is uncertainty as to who carries the responsibility or when there is no direct need to face the consequences. Therefore, the Peace Test questionnaire is designed to measure the processes of moral disengagement! Survey, composed of 20 items that evaluate the students’ behavior towards war, violence, conflict resolution, human rights, and ethnical
differences. Each of the statements is evaluated by the student accordingly to his/her degree of agreement or disagreement: strongly agree, somewhat agree, not sure, somewhat disagree, and strongly disagree. The target group is usually 14-15 year old students. Medical students visit students, collect surveys, and analyze data information. PeaceTest lectures are given, questionnaires are filled out, data are gathered, students reached. Internationally, we are heading towards international data comparison, and to place differences in context with cultural, economical and historical differences. As more NMOs are involved each year, more and more PeaceTest lectures are given, questionnaires filled out, data gathered and pupils reached. The
PeaceTest questionnaire is already available in eight different languages: English, Maltese, Portuguese, Spanish, Finnish, Dutch, Japanese and German. And there is still room to grow, lots of room ☺! The PeaceTest is a unique project with many layers, each with a value of its own. Each lecture, each question and each meeting changes the lives of the people involved- both us medical students and pupils. Each questionnaire adds to a large pile of data, used to measure the attitude of the young over a longer period of time concerning sensitive human rights and peace topics. All countries that starts up the project and join us adds invaluable new faces, new experiences and the most important new data for comparison and its contribution to global image regarding human rights! An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Does it? Only you know the answer!
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IFMSA Official Projects ACTION Project Awareness Strategies for Pollution from Industries (ASPIS) Calcutta Village Project Children Abuse Prevention Project Curriculum Database Daisy Project – Margarita EQUIP Female Genital Mutilation Awareness Project First Gynecological Consultation Ghana Health and Education Initiative Healthy Diet Project Hepatitis Awareness Campaign Influence of Studies on Students’ Health (ISSH) IFMSA Anti-TB Campaign International Students Network on Ageing and Health (ISNAH) Innovative Approaches Promoting Adolescent Health and Development (IAPAHD) Kenya Village Project Kumba Village Project Marrow Maternal and Child Health Project Mr and Mrs Breastestis Northern European Cooperation of Sex Education Projects Organ Donation Orphanage Initiative in Romania 2 P (Physician x Pharmacist) Collaborative Project Peace Test Reproductive Health Education Project for Adolescents in School (RHEPAS) Residency Database Rex Crossley Award Scientific Opportunities Database SCORA Twinning SCORA Xchange Sexpression UK Smile X Smoking-ologist Substance abuse and dependence Sudan Village Concept Project (SVCP) The Teddy Bear Hospital Think Global Tobacco Initiative Project Workshops in Peer Education for Medical Students in Lebanon
Armenia (AMSP) Australia (AMSA) Austria (AMSA) Azerbaijan (AzerMDS) Bahrain (IFMSA-BH) Bolivia (IFMSA Bolivia) Bosnia and Herzegovina (BoHeMSA) Bosnia and Herzegovina - Rep. of Srpska (SaMSIC) Brazil (DENEM) Brazil (IFMSA Brazil) Bulgaria (AMSB) Burkina Faso (Burkina Faso) Burundi (ABEM) Canada (CFMS) Canada-Quebec (IFMSA-Quebec) Catalonia - Spain (AECS) Chile (IFMSA-Chile) China (IFMSA-China) Colombia (ACOME) Colombia (ASCEMCOL) Costa Rica (ACEM) Cote d’Ivoire (IFMSA Cote d’Ivoire) Croatia (CroMSIC) Czech Republic (IFMSA CZ) Denmark (IMCC) Ecuador (IFMSA-Ecuador) Egypt (IFMSA-Egypt) El Salvador (IFMSA El Salvador) Estonia (EstMSA) Ethiopia (EMSA) Finland (FiMSIC) France (ANEMF) Georgia (GeoMSA) Germany (BVMD) Ghana (FGMSA) Greece (HelMSIC) Grenada (IFMSA-Grenada) Hong Kong (AMSAHK) Hungary (HuMSIRC) Iceland (IMSIC) Indonesia (CIMSA-ISMKI) Iran (IFMSA-Iran) Israel (FIMS) Italy (SISM) Jamaica (JAMSA) Japan (IFMSA-Japan) Jordan (IFMSA-Jo) Kuwait (KuMSA)
Kyrgyzstan (MSPA Kyrgyzstan) Latvia (LaMSA Latvia) Lebanon (LeMSIC) Libya (LMSA) Lithuania (LiMSA) Luxembourg (ALEM) Malta (MMSA) Mexico (IFMSA-Mexico) Montenegro (MoMSIC Montenegro) Mozambique (IFMSA-Mozambique) Nepal (NMSS) New Zealand (NZMSA) Nigeria (NiMSA) Norway (NMSA) Oman (SQU-MSG) Pakistan (IFMSA-Pakistan) Palestine (IFMSA-Palestine) Panama (IFMSA-Panama) Peru (APEMH) Peru (IFMSA Peru) Philippines (AMSA-Philippines) Poland (IFMSA-Poland) Portugal (PorMSIC) Romania (FASMR) Russian Federation (HCCM) Rwanda (MEDSAR) Saudi Arabia (IFMSA-Saudi Arabia) Serbia (IFMSA-Serbia) Sierra Leone (MSA) Slovakia (SloMSA) Slovenia (SloMSIC) South Africa (SAMSA) Spain (IFMSA-Spain) Sudan (MedSIN-Sudan) Sweden (IFMSA-Sweden) Switzerland (SwiMSA) Taiwan (IFMSA-Taiwan) Tatarstan-Russia (TaMSA-Tatarstan) Thailand (IFMSA-Thailand) The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MMSA-Macedonia) The Netherlands (IFMSA-The Netherlands) Tunisia (ASSOCIA-MED) Turkey (TurkMSIC) Ukraine (IFMSA-Ukraine) United Arab Emirates (EMSS) United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Medsin-UK) United States of America (AMSA-USA) Venezuela (FEVESOCEM)
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