IFMSA Delegation at the World Health Summit 2021

The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) was present at the World Health Summit (WHS) 2021, which took place from the 24th until the 26th of October in Berlin. 

The WHS is one of the world’s leading strategic forums for global health, bringing together the most important minds from politics, academia, civil society and the healthcare industry to discuss joint opportunities and responsibilities in the field of global health.  

The WHS 2021 focused on topics such as global strategies for pandemic control and prevention, the role of Germany, Europe and WHO in global health, vaccine equity, and climate change and health. More on program and speakers.


We were represented at the event with a delegation of 4 people: 

  • Inês Viva, Head of Delegation, IFMSA Vice-President for External Affairs 
  • Mădălina Elena Mandache, IFMSA Liaison Officer for Medical Education Issues
  • Laura Plešnar, IFMSA Regional Director for Europe 
  • Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, IFMSA Liaison Officer to Students Organizations 

IFMSA Vice – President for External Affairs had the opportunity to participate as a panellist in the “Launch of the Report – The Lancet & Financial Times Commission – Governing Health Futures 2030: Growing up in a Digital World,” which included 431 unique participants from 44 countries. In addition, we also had the opportunity to participate on the topic of “Health Inequalities & Youth: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond”, which included 73 unique participants from 18 countries. Since WHS was a hybrid event, all the sessions can be accessed online at Session recordings.

Moreover, the IFMSA Delegation took this opportunity to meet with their partners in person, discussing current and future collaborations. At the same time, whilst attending the sessions we had the chance to ask questions to the speakers and to voice the work we have been developing in our Standing Committees such as the Basic Research Competencies Framework, the IFMSA global survey to assess the exposure of medical students worldwide to research education and research opportunities, Meaningful Student Engagement and many other initiatives.

Following the event, the M8 Alliance Declaration was released, which you can read in detail here.

For further information please contact the IFMSA Vice-President for External Affairs at [email protected] 

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