Medical students as determinants of health

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Presentation delivered in the subplenary "Looking to the next generation of health activists" during the Third People's Health Assembly, July 10, 2012, Cape Town, South Africa

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Medical students as determinants of health

  1. 1. Medical Students as Determinants of Health The Role of IFMSA in Global Health Equity Ramon Lorenzo Luis Rosa Guinto, MD Regional Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Founding Coordinator, Global Health Equity Initiative International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA)Third People’s Health Assembly, July 10, 2012, University of the Western Cape
  2. 2. • An independent, non-governmental and non-political federation of medical students associations throughout the world• Founded in May 1951• 108 National Member Organizations• 101 countries in six continents• More than 1 million medical students worldwide• Recognized by WHO and United Nations
  3. 3. Mission Our mission is to offer future physicians a comprehensive introduction to global health issues. Through our programming and opportunities, we develop culturally sensitive students of medicine, intent on influencing thetransnational inequalities that shape the health of our planet.
  4. 4. Picture of Presidents inJakarta MM2011
  5. 5. IFMSA Small Working Group onHealth Inequities
  6. 6. Country Initiatives• Georgia • United Kingdom• Uganda • Philippines• Quebec • Norway• Peru • Taiwan
  7. 7. IFMSA Global HealthEquity Initiative • Institutional voice for global health equity within IFMSA • Accessible clearinghouse of information and capacity- building tools • Dynamic forum for exchange and dialogue • Key platform for advocacy and campaign for global health equity
  8. 8. Next Steps• Lancet - University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health• Third People’s Health Assembly in Cape Town, July 6-11, 2012• August Meeting 2012 in Mumbai, India – “Universal Health Care – The Time is Now!”
  9. 9. Transformative scale-up of medicaleducation – integrate SDH thinking
  10. 10. The 21st century physician as championof social determinants approach to health
  11. 11. “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause andprevention of disease.” Thomas Alva Edison
  12. 12. The Power of Medicine "Medicine… has the obligation to point out problems and to attempt their theoretical solution…The physicians are the natural attorneys of the poor…” Dr. Rudolf Virchow Father of Social Medicine
  13. 13. The Power of Young People“The youth arethe hope of the Fatherland.” Dr. Jose Rizal National Hero of the Philippines
  14. 14. Fathers of Social Medicine
  15. 15. Health for All!Alma Ata, USSR, 1978 Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2008 Thank You Very Much!

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