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Press release For immediate release: March 18th 2014 Press contact: Fredrik Johansson, vpe@ifmsa.org

Medical students adopt declaration on health in the post-2015 The 63rd General Assembly of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) in Tunisia last week adopted a declaration on health in the post-2015. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have tackled some of the major development issues prevalent at the time of their writing. We are now coming towards the end of a long consultation process to formulate new goals with sustainable development in mind. ”We believe that health should also be considered a central development issue for policy makers to address”. IFMSA President, Joško Miše (Croatia) Over the course of this General Assembly, the IFMSA has come together to learn more about the process that has taken place so far to discuss the Post – 2015 development agenda. Invited guests from the World Health Organization, UNFPA, UNAIDS and many other organizations attended in Tunisia to follow the process. ”We are indeed very pleased with the outcomes of this week of hard work and we thoroughly believe that we have found our place, as an international youth organization, within it”. IFMSA Secretary General, Salma M. H. Abdalla (Sudan) 1.3 million medical students from 110 countries around the world agreed to: • Advocate for working towards Universal Health Coverage as the specific health goal within the development agenda as it addresses the need to have health as a right for all • Promote human rights and address the needs of vulnerable and marginalized populations as a central theme across all development goals proposed • Stand as a youth organization in both a national and international capacity to address sexual and reproductive health and rights • Call on governments to commit to finish the unfinished Millennium Development Goals, including setting new ambitious targets to get to the end of the AIDS epidemic • Advocate to improve gender equality worldwide as a crucial component of improving global health as a whole • Engage with our governments and alongside partner youth organizations to ensure that young people and youth organizations play an important part of the policy making process in the new development framework to promote youth advocacy and inclusive health policy

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• Call on policy makers to adapt to the changing burden of disease in their strategies by addressing non-communicable diseases and neglected tropical diseases • Call on governments to ensure that the medical workforce is trained through transformative health care education to produce medical leaders to properly address health equity • Advocate for health equity with a focus on the social determinants of health to ensure a coordinated approach is taken to improve the lives of populations across the world • Explicitly highlight mental health as an important dimension of health and wellbeing • Work with all stakeholders to ensure that health systems are equipped to deal with disaster risk management and conflict • Encourage policy makers and stakeholders to reduce negative impacts of the environment on health and burden of disease • Call upon policy makers to work together to have better strategies in dealing with issues regarding intellectual property rights and patents There is endless potential for youth organizations to be one of the major bodies to help shape and mould the sustainable development goals. By committing to the above actions and by working together between our respective countries, we can attain the healthy future we want. The Hammamet Declaration is available in its entirety here. The IFMSA Hammamet Declaration represents the stance of the medical students of the world on health in the post-2015. [End]

The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) envisions a world in which all medical students unite for global health and are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to take on health leadership roles locally and globally. Our mission is to unite medical students worldwide to lead initiatives that impact positively the communities we serve. IFMSA represents the opinions and ideas of future health professionals in the field of global health, and works in collaboration with external partners. IFMSA builds capacity through training, project and exchanges opportunities, while embracing cultural diversity so as to shape a sustainable and healthy future.  

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