TOT workshop before IFMSA Gener Assembly so that these trainers can directly give these training sessions during the GA
trainers trained by professionals from policy organizations
a trainersteam that is specialized and well known for high-quality training in IFMSA advocacy
Cool! Would be grateful to learn more from you.
2-hour meeting for all interested, update from SWG, what is being done on NMO level?, how can individuals help?
Pre-GA workshops for training for advocacy for those who are interested.
minimum information packet, basic info about IFMSA, how to act towards externals, making a plan to achieve your goal during a conference
plan of action, universal to any conference, includes timeframe far before and after conference, includes bottom-up approach, includes follow-up, includes involvement of change agents
eg. To evaluate how much is being accomplished every year.
Outcomes (not outputs)
Where do you want IFMSA advocacy to be in 5, 10, 20 years - how is IFMSA going to get there.
How were these advocacies developed?
Are there advocacies that we can replicate and expand?
Do these campaigns really reach those we intended to reform, i.e. government, business sector? Or we just share this within our ranks (thus becoming an educational and not a truly advocacy activity)?
Our choice of areas will reflect IFMSA's, key ideals and principles, Do we really adhere with the WHO definition of health - "not merely the absence of disease" - or will we focus on the symptoms and not the root causes of ill health?, desired extent and limitations of political involvement, Do we choose to remain "neutral" in all issues, or frame ourselves as one with governments, or manifest ourselves as an international body for the people?, I'd suggest that we'd be best to engage with politics, but keep 'health' and 'future generations' as our background., Great point and how does one be 'neutral' and advocate at the same time?, Are we ready to challenge governments, international bodies, and the private sector?, Why not?, Can we make goverments and international bodies look through our perspective into global health issues ?, Interesting concept. Perhaps we may start off with aligning ourselves with influential organisations that have a similar perspective to our own., knowledge and skills, Are we ready to venture into issues beyond what is taught in the medical curriculum but greatly affects health - politics, economics, environment?, Is this already been taught in some medical curriculums?
In my mind, this isn't quite the role of the SWG? As the next branch suggests, the IFMSA will very much choose this themselves based on what people are excited about at the time., Second
Training/Pre-GA's, Policy Statement, presentations during the GAs, offer of equal support for campaigns currently running that could use a few extra voices.
Nick: from my experience with this in the part, i've found that it's best to keep a pretty open definition of this for people in the IFMSA. We tried this a few years ago and found that it was too difficult to make definitions that would be applicable to all cultures, and no one was ever really happy with it. As such, we stuck pretty close to 'structured communication', with issues around medical education being something we're all familiar and comfortable with., May we come up with a definition of 'structured communication'?
Renzo, could you share this document on the server?
Yes. The IFMSA has been ready for a very long time - it's not as big a step as many people make it out to be.
We are already involved in 'politics' in one sense of the word!
Do you mean what methods of evaluation can a campaign run by the IFMSA use, or how do we evaluate the success of a group of people trying to make 'advocacy' more prevalent in the organisation?
Great question and I agree that evaluation is important for ourselves and any potential sponsors. However perhaps the endpoint of advocacy is sometimes 'intangible' and it may be many years down the line before we see results.
I think we can evaluate this by asking every NMO to submit how many campaigns were carried out and what were the outcomes before every GA.Thus , we can have a feedback about advocacy in every NMO,if there is any changes that took place after the campaign and disucss with them what are the obstacles they faced.
We already have SCORP - does the standing committee adequately address this issue, to the point of substantially contributing to the struggle for human rights?, Also we already have transnational projects such as GO SCORP where an NMO campaigns members from other countries can be invited to participate and be trained to spread the concept of campaigning to their own countries. This can be one of many ways to train members internationally.
How effective is IFMSA's involvement in the Cancun negotiations? What opportunities are available for possible IFMSA participation in South Africa 2011? Beyond the climate negotiations?, I can answer that! (Nick) - You can split action at a conference into 3 categories: a) Influence on the actual negotiation track, b) Capacity Building, c) Education/Raising Awareness - You'll get much more of this when I write the report on it, but very shortly, here's an example of our successes:, a) Through sustained work over a period of about 8-9 months, we managed to write about 1/3rd of the text in FCCC/LCA/2010 around Article 6 on 'education, training and public awareness'. I'd hazard a guess that the IFMSA's never as a success that's that substantial, at that level of governance. It involved a large degree of coordination, and perseverance on the part of a number of people, but it's a pretty good example of how incredibly influential we can be!, b) We went to a large amount of effort to strengthen relationships with some key actors. Again, this came from work that's been in the making for 2+ years. As a result, we're in the process of forming an official relationship with the WHO (which for an NGO like the IFMSA, is unprecedented), and have been placed as the central coordinating body for the NGOs interested in Health under the FCCC, c) This was more about the blog, and our use of social media throughout the conference. The idea being communicating to the IFMSA that what we're talking about is actually a lot easier than people think. It's about giving people a case-study to work off., Durban 2011 - Opportunities are phenomenal for the IFMSA and the Health community here, we're really excited about this
WHO reform, mushrooming of non-state actors, etc. These are some of the emerging global health issues today but we are not discussing about it yet. As inheritors of the present global health situation, we should participate in this very important dialogue.
32 years after Alma Ata, there is still no "health for all." In 2008, WHO released a report on the "social determinants of health," identifying some of the biggest causes of health inequity. Should IFMSA deal on this root issue instead of focusing solely on "band-aid" projects that alleviate the symptom but not eradicate the cause?
We have tobacco initiatives in the IFMSA. What did we do? How effective are they? Did we really make a dent in the tobacco issue? Can we say that the changes we are seeing today are partly because of our efforts or not at all? What lessons can be applied to other "unhealthy lifestyles"?
Mental health issues amongst medical students, stigma in seeking support, burnout, rigorous systems and unsupportive educational environments
Advocating for the role of medical students to be advocates in a local and national level.
can someone explain why this might be a good idea? (i missed TOM2, so i'll be following up with the TO as well =) )
And more emphasis on what?
We can ask every NMO To investigate the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in their countries and write them down in a list such that they can start making campaigns that target these causes in their own countries.