Welcome to SCORA!
Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS is a gathering of passionate individuals who are committed to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights and are arduous about creating positive change in their local communities.
The Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS was formed 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. It constitutes one out of the six Standing Committees of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association which serve as the Body of all Medical Students worldwide. SCORA with a large number of members-SCORAngels as they are called, have grown wide in its work, centered around five focus areas strongly related to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. In 2014, the name of SCORA changed from Standing Committee on Reproductive Health including AIDS to Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS as it is adequate in terms of topics and problems that SCORA is targeting in its actions.In 2019, the full name of SCORA was changed to Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS, to better reflect the work developed by the Committee and distinguish the differences between HIV and AIDS.
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 and AIDS and sexual and reproductive health.
- To decrease the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and 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 immense experience in training new peer educators through International Peer Education Trainings and Advanced Peer Education Trainings. This has subsequently lead to a network of peer educators who are actively working to organize events at local, national, regional and international level.
2. Maternal Health and access to safe abortion: Our aim is to raise awareness among our members about maternal and newborn health issues including topics like obstetric violence, family planning, access to antenatal care and ending stigma and discrimination towards abortion collaborating with our external partners like Ipas to train medical students as advocates for access to safe abortion.
3. Sexuality and gender identity: IFMSA promotes 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(physical, mental or social) 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.
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 and AIDS to conduct together campaigns for the most important SCORA International Days.
Examples of recent achievements
Collaboration with UNAIDS: Our collaboration with UNAIDS is mainly in the field of discrimination and stigma in healthcare, working jointly in their agenda on this topic. For the term 2017-2018, we’ve been awarded a grant that allowed us to enhance our work in the Zero Discrimination Agenda, developing a set of resources and providing support to multiple country-based initiatives and research projects.
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 target 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. In 2019, the name has been updated to include “Rights” and differentiate “HIV and AIDS”. Its current full name is “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS”.
To find SCORA related documents, such as publications, regulations, and manuals, please click here (link to be available shortly).
Related Policy Statements
- Abolishing Child Marriage (March 2017)
- Breastfeeding (March 2017)
- Ending Gender-Based Violence (March 2017)
- Ensuring Access to Safe Abortion (March 2017)
- Obstetric Violence and Humanized Birth (March 2017)
- Ending AIDS by 2030 (August 2016)
- Sexuality and Gender Identity (August 2016)
- Comprehensive Sexual Education (March 2016)
- Women’s Rights to Sexual and Reproductive Health (March 2016)
- Gender Equity (March 2015)
To view all IFMSA Policy Statements, click here.
- Comprehensive Sexuality Education
- Maternal Health and Access to Safe Abortion
- Sexual orientation and Gender Identity
- Gender-Based Violence
- HIV and other STIs
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 2018-2019
Regional Assistant for Africa: Tadala Ulemu ([email protected])
Regional Assistant for Americas: TBA ([email protected])
Regional Assistant for Asia-Pacific: Stephanie McKelvie ([email protected])
Regional Assistant for Eastern Mediterranean Region: TBA ([email protected])
Regional Assistant for Europe: Dario Rossini ([email protected])
General Assistants: Laura Lalucat ([email protected])
Liaison Officer for Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues: Eglė Janušonytė ([email protected])
Director for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Iheb Jemel ([email protected])
Join Us Online
If you are a medical student who wants 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.