For potential partners:

During more than 60 years of IFMSA existence, we have managed to gain experience in promoting our partners, their brands and the great support which they provide to medical students around the globe. Every year thousands of students participate in our meetings and programmes. We are always pleased to welcome our partners at these events, in order to familiarise the participants with our partners and the opportunities they provide for medical students.

There are several possibilities of cooperating with IFMSA. This can be done through official partnerships, mutual presence at meetings, providing traineeships and internships, and much more! Reaching as much as five regions, 125 countries and over one million members, IFMSA offers partners a prime chance to reach internationally minded medical students.

IFMSA also collaborates with its international partners on several global health advocacy initiatives related to conferences and processes of mutual interest.

If you are interested in being IFMSA’s institutional partner, please contact our Vice-President for External Affairs at [email protected]. If you are interested in being a sponsor of IFMSA, contact our Vice-President for Public Relations and Communication at [email protected] and view our Sponsorship Prospectus.

The United Nations (UN)

IFMSA has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations through the Economic and Social Council. IFMSA works closely with several of the UN institutions, such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UNRWA and UNAIDS.

The World Health Organization (WHO)

IFMSA has been a non-state actor in Official Relations with the World Health Organization since 1969 and both have collaborated on several projects, including campaigns, internships and educational materials, such as training manuals.

The World Medical Association (WMA)

The collaboration with the World Medical Association (WMA) has been one of the most successful and rewarding and includes internships of IFMSA students in WMA and joint advocacy work. The agreement was recently formalized in May 2015 between the two organizations.


The IFMSA is in official partnerships fostered by a Memorandum of Understanding or Terms of Reference with the following organizations:

United Nations Partners:

UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East)

UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/ AIDS)

WHO related initiatives:

Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH)

Global and International organizations:

Global Health Strategies

Medical Education

World Federation of Medical Education (WFME)

Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)

Training for Health Equity Network (THEnet)



Public Health

World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)

Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA)

International Youth Health Organization (YHO)

IOGT International

Trainee Association of ESCMID

Medical Associations

World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)

Student and Youth Organizations

Federación Latinoamericana de Sociedades Científicas de Estudiantes de Medicina (FELSOCEM)

International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO)

World Health Students Alliance (WHSA)

World Healthcare Students’ Symposium (WHSS JWG)

International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF)

International Association of Dental Students (IADS)

International Veterinary Students Association (IVSA)

Informal Forum of International Students Organizations (IFISO)

Federation of African Medical Students’ Associations (FAMSA)

International Student Surgical Network (InciSioN)

Human Rights and Peace

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Students (IPPNW Students)

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Center for Research and Training in Disaster Medicine, Humanitarian Aid, and Global Health (CRIMEDIM)

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS



Youth Voices Count

Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network

Y+ (Global Network of Young People Living with HIV)

Women Deliver

Regional partners:

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

European Sting



European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA)

Asian Medical Students’ Associations International (AMSA)

Pacific Medical Students’ Associations (PMSA)


IFMSA also works in collaboration with many other organisations, through conjoint advocacy strategies, to development of opportunities for medical students and creation of youth-oriented projects.

United Nations Partners:

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

WHO related initiatives:

WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research

WHO Department of Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health

WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on Non Communicable Diseases

WHO Global Health Workforce Network – Youth Hub

WHO Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products

Global and International organizations:

Global Health Center at the Graduate Institute Geneva

Global Health Now

Medical Education:

Western Pacific Association for Medical Education (WPAME)

South East Asia Regional Association for Medical Education (SEARAME)

Panamerican Federation of Associations for Medical Schools (PAFAMS-FEPAFEM)

Association for Medical Education in Eastern Mediterranean Region (AMEEMR)

Association for Medical Schools in Africa (AMSA)

The Network Towards Unity for Health (TUFH)

UNESCO Chair in Bioethics

Right2Research Coalition



Public Health:

The Union


NCD Alliance

NCD Child

Young Professionals – Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN)


STOP TB Partnership


Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Human Rights and Peace:

The Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action

End Child Detention

Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS:



International Papillomavirus Society

Regional organizations:

European Youth Forum

European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)


Find the organisations that support IFMSA in achieving our mission.

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