In Prague, on?November 17th 2014, International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), International Association of Dental Students (IADS) and International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) have signed the declaration of World Health Students Alliance (WHSA).
The declaration marks the beginning of implementing a collaboration which aims to strengthen interdisciplinary healthcare-related advocacy; to commonly contribute to the advancement of health; and to develop and implement improved health policies together with multisectorial stakeholders. We understand that it is important to have a common action on challenges that are now present in our society.?The Alliance has a reach-out capacity of over 1.8 million health students in more than 100 countries worldwide.
November 17th, 2014 was then chosen as the date to start the Alliance, in order to honour students being the key agents of change, to underline their responsibility for communities that surround them and to commemorate the past and present efforts of all students worldwide. The location is not accidental as well, since 75 years ago historical events happened in Prague, which since 1941 we commemorate as International Students day.
Modern health care is highly specialised discipline which calls for synergic cooperation of various healthcare professionalists together in order to improve health of patients and thus of populations around the world. Hence, the founding members of the WHSA are confident the Alliance will serve this purpose as a tool of effective and collaborative work to answer this need for the best interests of the patients.
In order to foster collaboration and empower their future efforts, the three organizations decided to unify and form an alliance to help accomplish their visions.?We hope that through this united effort, the knowledge and competence of healthcare students worldwide will be acknowledge for the advancement of global health.