Welcome to SCORA!
Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS is gathering passionate individuals who are committed to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights and are passionate about creating positive change in their local communities.
The medical students of the IFMSA formed the Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS (SCORA) in 1992, driven by a strong will to take an active part in interventions concerning HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and to support people living with HIV/AIDS through working to decrease stigma and discrimination. Through SCORA medical students across the globe work to increase awareness concerning reproductive health and other related issues. In 2014, the name of SCORA has changed to Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS as it is more adequate in terms of topics and problems that SCORA is targeting in its actions.
A world where every individual is empowered to exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights equally, free from stigma and discrimination.
To provide our members with the tools necessary to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights within their respective communities in a culturally respected fashion. This has been accomplished through building the skills and the knowledge about, providing trainings on Comprehensive Sexuality Education other respective reproductive health issues, exchanging ideas and projects, as well as drafting policies and working with our external partners in order to create change in local, regional and international level.
- To raise awareness on topics related to HIV/AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health.
- To decrease the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.
- To raise awareness and increase knowledge about facts, scientific research, global agreements and documents concerning sexual and reproductive health.
- Promote positive sexuality and healthy sexual life.
- Advocating for policies concerning sexual and reproductive health and represent medical student worldwide
- Collaborate and facilitate joint actions concerning medical education, public health and human rights.
- Provide tools for capacity building for future healthcare professionals in terms of sexual and reproductive health and rights
SCORA Focus Areas
1. Comprehensive Sexuality Education: SCORA is highly committed to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health through education. We have great experience in training new peer educators through International Peer Education Trainings and Advanced Peer Education Trainings. A great network of peer educators are working together organizing regional Sexual Education conferences.
2. Maternal Health and access to safe abortion: Our aim is to raise awareness among our members about maternal and newborn health issues including family planning, access to antenatal care and ending stigma and discrimination towards abortion collaborating with our external partners ? Medical Students for Choice and Ipas to train medical students as advocates for access to safe abortion.
3. Sexuality and gender identity: IFMSA is promoting positive sexuality and is one of the first youth organizations officially committed, by accepting Policy Statement to end stigma and discrimination in access to healthcare of LGBT+ individuals.
4. Gender Based Violence: SCORAngels are committed to fight against violence including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), sexual harassment and domestic violence. We are cooperating with the Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace (SCORP) on actions to end human trafficking conducting sessions during our regional and international meetings. Campaigns are centralized on March 8th ? International Womens Day.
5. HIV and other STIs: IFMSA is the part of The PACT which is a coalition of youth organizations to end AIDS epidemic in the Post-2015 Agenda. We are collaborating with Y+, ?The Global Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS to conduct together campaigns for the most important SCORA International Days ? World AIDS Day on December 1st and International AIDS Candlelight Memorial day (third Sunday of May).
Examples of recent achievements
Collaboration with Ipas: IFMSA has been collaborated successfully with Ipas in conducting workshops in all regions of IFMSA on access to safe abortion. Both have also worked together in the production of a training manual for health students and professionals in this field of work.
International Peer Education Trainings: For many years now, SCORA has overviewed the organization of International Peer Education Trainings (IPET), trainings that targets medical students who would like to develop their skills as peer educators especially having in mind international cooperation for Comprehensive Sexuality Education.
Online campaigns: SCORA has helped organized online campaigns for IFMSA to celebrate important international days, such as the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) and International Day of Pink campaign.
Change of the name: In August Meeting 2014, SCORA has updated its name from “Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS” to “Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS” to better reflect the vision and mission of the standing committee.
To find SCORA related documents, such as publications, regulations and manuals, please click here (link to be available shortly).
Related Policy Statements
- Gender Equity (March 2015)
- Breastfeeding (August 2014)
- Early Childhood Development (August 2014)
- Abolishing Child Marriage (August 2014)
- Ending Discrimination to better the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals (March 2014)
- Access to Safe Abortion (March 2014)
- Violence against Women (August 2013)
- The Preliminary IFMSA Declaration on Womens Empowerment (August 2013)
- Comprehensive Sexuality Education (March 2013)
- Meaningful Youth Participation beyond ICPD 2014 (March 2013)
- Marriage Equality and Health (March 2013)
- Female Genital Mutilation (March 2013)
To view all IFMSA Policy Statements, click here.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education
Maternal Health and access to safe abortion
Main External Partners
- The PACT
- Medical Students for Choice
- Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH)
- UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/ AIDS)
- UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund)
International Team 2015-2016
Regional Assistant for Africa: Afolabi Oluwatoyosi ([email protected])
Regional Assistant for Americas: Carlos Acosta ([email protected])
Regional Assistant for Asia-Pacific: Fahim Abrar Hossain ([email protected])
Regional Assistant for Eastern Mediterranean Region: Sarah Elsayed ([email protected])
Regional Assistant for Europe: Anna Zahlut ([email protected])
Liaison Officer for Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues: Michalina A. Drejza ([email protected])
Director for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Carles Pericas Escale ([email protected])
Join Us Online
If you are a medical student that want to get involved and learn more Subscribe to ifmsa-scora mailing list by sending a blank email to [email protected].
You can also join our Facebook Group: IFMSA-SCORA.