[WHA68] IFMSA Statement on Recruitment of Health Personnel

Statement made on May 22nd 2015 during the 68th World Health Assembly on Item 17.2: WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel

IFMSA welcomes the document A68/32 addressing the implementation of the code.

Whilst applauding the efforts of Member States and WHO, we, as future health professionals, raise a concern that current Code is mainly focused on regulating the migration of health personnels.

It is fundamental that member states apply Code article 3.6 and tackle fundamental factors that cause the migration such as poor or unsafe practice environments, poor education and excessive workload, sometimes over 100 hours per week.

We are facing mental and physical strains, harming our practice, decreasing patient safety and exponentially increasing the costs of healthcare systems, and sometimes even leading to suicide. Health workers and students must be protected from violence, discrimination and exploitation in the workplace, and be allowed to operate within a positive practice environment that guarantees occupational safety and health.

We urgently need evidence-based data on core factors leading to migration such as poor education, working environment, equitable distribution and retention of health workforce. We urge member states to increase the engagement of health workers, educators and students in the process of data collection and creation of national implementation strategies.

We highlight the problems in the efficient implementation of the Code as stated in the report and we urge the WHO Secretariat to acknowledge the value of the input from stakeholders in enforcing accountability in accordance with article 9.4.

Health in the emerging post-2015 development framework will remain aspirational unless accompanied by strategies involving transformational efforts on health workforce capability that don’t only focus on developing countries.

IFMSA commits to participate in the discussions related to the creation of a Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health and we encourage member states to have a more comprehensive discussion on dimensions of current health workforce crisis.

Without motivated health workers, there is no health care.

Medical Education at the EMR11

Earlier this month, almost 200 medical students from all over the East Mediterranean Region joined together for the annual regional meeting in the beautiful city of Cairo. Participants were divided into the standing committee sessions and I was lucky to have 18 wonderful people attending the SCOME sessions with me.

For a total of 14 working hours, EMR SCOMEdians discussed various issues, tackling different problems in the field medical education in the region. Even though most of the participants came from the EMR, there were various ideas presented different solutions to problems and wide range of creativity that can only be described as inspiring.

The sessions focused on different global topics in medical education, such as: programs, national activities done in different NMOs, the future work of SCOME, advocacy and work beyond the meeting. Through Small working groups, presentations and group discussions participants got the chance to expand on topics like global health education and Human resources for health. They also learned about the transition from projects to Programs in IFMSA. Discussions followed on the programs that SCOME is proposing in the March Meeting. EMR SCOMEdians also got to talk about meaningful student participation and advocacy which is an area of work that NMOs in the EMR have many problems with.

While the meeting was mainly for the countries of the EMR region, we were lucky to have participants from a wide variety of countries. Delegates from The Netherlands, Pakistan, and the United States joined students from countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Oman and many others which gave the session a lot of variety which helped offer a lot of different points of views and gave the sessions a sense of global atmosphere.

It was an absolute privilege for me to be able to facilitate the sessions in this regional meeting and while this meeting is over EMRians will meet again next year in the city of Amman, Jordan for the 12th EMR regional meeting and after this meeting I can only say that I am counting the days to see SCOMEdians come together again in Amman.

And for the last time I would like to say #Saba7o,

Abdulrahman Nofal

Building Bridges: a New Collaboration in the World of Medical Education

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IFMSA is delighted to invite you to take an active role in AMEEMR Conference 2015!

AMEEMR (Association for Medical Education in the Eastern Mediterranean Region) is one of 6 regional members of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), and one of the most important organizations for Medical Education in the EMR. AMEEMR will hold an international medical education conference with workshops, lectures, presentations and more

For the first time ever, IFMSA and AMEEMR will offer 25 international medical students the chance to attend the conference for free, with financial support for travel and accommodation. In exchange for that, these students are asked to assist in basic tasks, related to helping out with practical issues and assisting participants during the conference.

This amazing opportunity gives medical students the chance to participate in this conference, learn from wonderful professors and leaders of medical education in the region and in the world.

The meeting will be from March 20th – 24th, Sharm El Seikh, Egypt. However the first working day of the Students’ Taskforce will be March 19th. 

Application for the Student taskforce is opened to any Medical Student and if you are a medical student with the right motivation and enthusiasm for working in an international team of students, if you have a certain interest and/or background on medical education, if you have sufficient English skills and total respect for the rules and responsibilities of the Students’ Task Force then we urge you to use this opportunity and apply.

People from any country can apply and we will try to have students from different regions of the world. However, bear in mind that AMEEMR will only be able to support you with a maximum of 200 Euros for your flight expenses.

If you are a medical student from Egypt, don’t fill out this application, there will be a call from IFMSA-Egypt for the local student taskforce.

Excited yet? Want to apply? Awesome! Now fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ssfiemCorx6ZielLxv-hRVyywNz_AmWV3DMIgtjjROY/viewform?c=0&w=1

Deadline: January 30th 2015, 23.59h UTC! No applications after the deadline will be accepted.

For any questions you may have, please send an e-mail to lme@ifmsa.org.

Your SCOME-Team,
Ahmad Badr (SCOME Director), Abdulrahman Nofal (RA SCOME EMR) & Stijntje Dijk (Liaison Officer for Medical Education issues).