IFMSA-India to host the 61st General Assembly of IFMSA for the first time in India, in Mumbai

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  • (1888PressRelease) August 08, 2012 - International Federation of Medical Students Association - India (IFMSA - India), today announced that it will be hosting the 61st General Assembly (GA) - August Meeting, for the first time in India at Mumbai on 9th August. The theme for GA - August Meeting 2012 would be based on India's Vision of 2020 - 'Universal Health Care ~ The Time is Now'. IFMSA's General Assembly in India will be attended by more than 1000 delegates from 114 countries making it the largest International Medical Students Meet in India since Independence, setting a record with Limca Book of Records. The inauguration ceremony on 9th August will witness dignitaries like Mr. Suresh Shetty, State health Minister, her Royal Highness Princess Diya Kumari, Former Envoy to UN Dr. Shashi Tharoor, VIPs from WHO, UN, UNESCO and Vice Chancellors of Medical Universities.

    IFMSA India, which was earlier Medical Students' Association of India (MSAI), was fully adopted into the IFMSA as IFMSA-India on March 6th, 2012. IFMSA-India is the only candidate NMO in the history of IFMSA who will be organizing the General Assembly so soon after coming on board, as a member nation.

    "It is a matter of immense pride and gratitude for IFMSA - India, to host a medical students meet of this caliber", said Esha Gupta - General Secretary "India is a perfect place for IFMSA 61st theme discussion, universal health care, as the country now experiences a gradual transition towards provision of easily accessible and affordable health care to all Indians by 2020. In India primary healthcare is accessible but people from socio-economic background have very little access to secondary and tertiary healthcare. In US the recent Healthcare Reform, makes healthcare accessible to all. In India also in Southern State Rs. 10 insurance was initiated by Dr Devi Shetty Prasad which gave coverage of upto Rs. 20,000. We are looking at similar model nationally to ensure secondary and tertiary healthcare access to all", she further added.

    Speaking about the agenda for the 61st GA, Ms Sushmitha Kothapallii - Vice President - International Affairs stated, "We are taking up 9 different policies up for discussion during this GA and looking forward to an aggressive discussion and passing of motions which will bring a positive change in the healthcare scenario in India and world." She further added saying, ""One of the Policy Statements which talks about Equal access to Healthcare, regardless of sexual Orientation and Gender Identity was taken up for motion in the 60the GA in Ghana but wasn't passed due to objection from many. This motion calls for equal health access to one and all. In some of the countries if a person of different sexual orientation (eg: Gay or a Lesbian) goes to a doctor, it is compulsory for the doctors to report them to authorities, who then punish them in some case even to death. We Medical students call for a change of this law and are looking at passing this motion at the IFMSA 61st GA in India".

    9 IFMSA Policy Statement which are being taken up for discussion include Decade of Action for Global Road Safety, Disaster and Emergencies, Universal Health Coverage, Equal Access to Health Care Regardless of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Mental Health, Discrimination of person with disabilities, Education of Medical Students for Rational Use of Prescription Drugs, Tobacco Control and equal access to IFMSA exchange Program.

    IFMSA is also organizing a pre-General Assembly workshop where delegates from 20 different countries will visit the slums of Mumbai and prepare a report understanding the healthcare model. "The idea is to encourage Global Health equity. Countries like Philippines want to understand the model in slums in India and implement it in their country as the healthcare scenario is not very good. We will be visiting the healthcare Centre in the slums, speaking with slum dwellers and making our report with suggestions which will be presented to the WHO", informed Sushmitha.

    IFMSA India with the 61st General Assembly is also taking up the cause of building 5 E-toilets (Automatic Toilets) for Girls Child in Government schools. "Statistics suggests that 60% of the dropouts in schools is due to no proper sanitary for Girls. We are building 2 E-toilets in Kerela and 3 in Maharashtra in association with Dr. Tharoor's NGO. We are also landscaping the surrounding area to encourage the habit of using toilets amongst students and cleanliness of the area", shared Sushmitha

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