Barcelona Global Health Summer School 2014 “Health by System: The Role of Health Systems and the Path to Universal Health Coverage”

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Dear IFMSA friends,

We would like to invite you all to the Barcelona Global Health Summer School 2014 “Health by System: The Role of Health Systems and the Path to Universal Health Coverage” that will take place from the 13th to the 18th July 2014 in Barcelona, Catalonia – Spain. This course is organized by AECS-Catalonia, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations – IFMSA, ISGlobal and the Catalan Health Science Academy, in collaboration with the University of Barcelona.

As you might know, at the international level, the discourse on Universal Health Coverage is gaining traction while, at the same time, the global financial crisis has caused a reduction in access to health in some areas.

The 2014 Barcelona Summer School aims to provide a fundamental understanding of health systems in the context of the goal of Universal Health Coverage, as well as special topics of interest to students and young professionals in the fields of health sciences, social sciences, political science, law or economics.

Faculty for the course are drawn from public, international and global health academic programmes and research institutions in Spain and Europe, including the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.

It is crucial that students and young professionals studying and working in health-related fields understand the evolution of health systems, the goals and challenges presented by Universal Health Coverage, and how they can work for equitable access to health.

Applications are accepted until 9th June 2014. Candidates will be notified of acceptance through email not later than the 16th June 2014. Interested candidates should complete the online registration form:

At the bottom of this message, you will find the brochure that includes all the important information and the program as well as a short document with information you can use.

You’re invited also to visit our facebook page and add your “like!”: and also to follow us on twitter at @BarcelonaGHSS #healthbysystem

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or

We are really looking forward to receive your applications!

Best wishes,

On behalf of the Barcelona Global Health Summer School 2014 Organizing Comittee


Brochure of the Global Health Summer School 2014

World No Tobacco Day


Tobacco use continues to be the leading global cause of preventable death. It kills nearly 6 million people and causes hundreds of billions of dollars of economic damage worldwide each year. Most of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, disproportionally affecting some of the world’s most vulnerable populations and creating costs many nations cannot afford. Over the course of the 21st century, tobacco use could kill a billion people or more unless urgent action is taken.


Each year, the World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day, on May 31, focuses global attention on the deadly toll of tobacco use and the need for countries to take strong action to address this entirely preventable epidemic.


We, IFMSA, recognize that the spread of tobacco epidemic is a global problem with serious consequences for public health such as social, economic and environmental. Therefore, we join the WHO and other public health organizations in calling on governments to raise taxes on tobacco products, which is the single most effective way to reduce tobacco use and save lives. When tobacco prices go up, smoking and other tobacco use goes down, especially among vulnerable groups such as youth, pregnant women and low-income smokers.

We support measures to eliminate tobacco use by youth, to regulate tobacco products, to eliminate exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, and to deter tobacco use in the population through legislation, regulation, litigation, media advocacy and education.

The world’s first public health treaty – the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) – provides nations with a powerful tool to reduce tobacco’s devastating toll.  The treaty obligates nations to implement proven strategies to reduce tobacco use, including tobacco tax increases, 100 percent smoke-free laws, large, graphic health warnings and comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. IFMSA calls its’ National Member Organizations and members to actively work towards implementation of FCTC and WHO report on tobacco use 2011 through activities such as “leading by example” up to influencing governments on tobacco ban policies.

IFMSA and its’ members can potentially be one of leading international youth movements towards prevention of tobacco use and preventing associated illnesses taking into consideration young and medical nature of its members.


IFMSA Tobacco Control Policy Statement

Students and Young doctors conjoined in Primary Health Care – The Future of PHC starts now!

The 7th and 8th of February will be remembered as historic days in the development of Family Medicine in Europe. In those days, the 1st Vasco da Gama Movement Forum was held in Barcelona with more than 160 participants and 40 speakers!

The title of the forum was “One Strong Voice for the Family Doctors of the 21st Century”. The programme was focused on the topics of the future of Family Medicine, like Emergency Medicine and Out-of-Hours Services, Mobility, Career Development, Research Skills and Emerging Technologies and had the presence of important personalities from WONCA such as the WONCA President Elected Dr. Amanda Howe and the WONCA Europe President Professor Job FM Metsemakers.

President Elected Dr. Amanda Howe at the joint opening ceremony of the 1st VdG Movement Forum and the XVIII Jornadas de Residentes de la semFYC (© Dr. Raquel Bravo)


IFMSA had the opportunity to have an active participation during all the Forum and it even organized a workshop with more than 40 participants with the topic “Medical Students in Primary Health Care – Opportunities and Prospects”, being coordinated by Agostinho Sousa (IFMSA Liaison Officer for Medical Education issues) and Sebastian Huter (AMSA-Austria).

During the workshop we discussed how to improve Primary Health Care education in Medical Schools and their curriculum; how to raise medical students interest in PHC; how to improve the access to exchanges in PHC in Basic Medical Education and how to improve the access to exchanges in residents in General Practice/Family Medicine. After discussion we agreed on the key messages:

– There is the need for a big commitment in the learning and teaching in communities and not only in central hospitals

– Better support for mobility of students and young professionals

– Improved collaboration between students and professionals related to Primary Health Care.

IFMSA Workshop Group Picture: “Medical Students in Primary Health Care – Opportunities and Prospects”


IFMSA is committed in promoting even more the importance of PHC and a new way of teaching that approaches the students to their communities, find new ways of expanding the IFMSA exchanges to more PHC settings and support other initiatives of young professionals related to their mobility, such as the Hippokrates Exchange.

IFMSA would also like to congratulate the amazing Organizing Committee of the 1st Vasco da Gama Movement Forum and the Vasco da Gama Movement for the invitation to participate in this important forum of discussion!

Organizing Committee of the 1st VdGM Forum

With best regards,

Ivana di Salvo, IFMSA Liaison Officer for Research and Medical Associations

Agostinho Sousa, IFMSA Liaison Officer for Medical Education issues

Sebastian Huter, Member of the Austrian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) and the Young General Practitioners of Austria (JAMÖ)