Program Coordinator: Natasha Irfan
Contact us: [email protected]
Communicable diseases are a broad group of diseases that are prevalent throughout the world and present a significant challenge to healthcare systems, medical students, and communities in general. Though there has been a major effort to eradicate and improve outcomes of communicable diseases in the last 15 years, there is still an undeniable need to address these issues in a different manner.
Communicable diseases have been shown to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality internationally, especially in low-income regions. Although well-known communicable diseases like TB, malaria, and hepatitis, are the major long-term focus of both governments and non-governmental organizations, many communicable diseases still receive infrequent and insufficient action. Notably, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), which includes 17 different diseases, are by definition neglected, despite affecting more than 1.4 billion people around the world.
The aims of this program are to educate medical students and people in general about Communicable Diseases (CDs) and to strengthen student-driven interventions focusing on CDs in order to reduce the negative health impact of communicable diseases worldwide. To reach these goals, medical students and people, in general, need to be educated about communicable diseases and the prevention strategies.
Medical students need to be educated regarding specific advocacy strategies, Antimicrobial Resistance, and the link between veterinary health and human health. Once educated, the IFMSA will support advocacy work, student-led initiatives, and partnerships with other stakeholders to utilize learned skills in affecting change.