National General Assembly
On February 2627, 2016, ifmsa-Iraq held its largest national meeting to date. The first National General Assembly (NGA) in ifmsa-Iraq’s history was purely organized by the efforts of
medical student volunteers. An organizing committee of 22 members with the help of the Team of Officials, Executive Board and Supervisory Council for the term 2015 2016
helped to put together an unforgettable experience for over 250 ifmsa-Iraq members coming from all over Iraq to participate in the event. What was a dream for years since
ifmsa-Iraq’s establishment, turned into a reality on two unforgettable days in the spring of 2016. The NGA was organized under the theme of the Social Determinants of
Health: Displacement and Health. It also brought together medical students, medical professors, governmental and nongovernmental representatives to actively discuss the issue of
the Iraqi Displaced and their health, and ways to collaborate to achieve better health care services for all.
- Provide a networking platform to all the participants and their peers from other medical schools around the country, national policy makers and specialists in both educational and health sectors in Iraq.
- Involve as many as possible of the Iraqi medical students in organizing their 1st national assembly which concerns some medical and social issues of extreme importance in their field.
- Reinforce the role of Iraqi society in finding resolutions for some common health problems that risk our everyday life by publishing useful outcomes of this event and making them available for any national policy maker while also aiming to provide awareness for the Iraqi public.
- Expose more students to the work of ifmsa-Iraq and spread the word on the available opportunities within the organization.
- Discuss the theme of Social Determinants of Health and the main procedures which should be followed to reach appropriate resolutions for them.
- Empower and train medical students in the five focus areas of the organization: public health,medical education, sexual & reproductive health, human rights and peace, professional and research exchanges.
- Provide trainings on a variety of topics including leadership, communication skills, public speaking, debate, time management, conflict resolution, creative thinking, evaluation and
feedback, project management and design and problem analysis.
- Provide framework to the projects that meet ifmsa-Iraq’s vision which can then help all the Iraqi medical students to start planning and then implementing their own projects.
The two day event included
- Opening Ceremony: Lectures and panel discussion on the theme topic, Social Determinants of Health.
- cebreakers and energizers.
- 5 Standing Committee Sessions: Public Health, Medical Education, Human Rights and Peace, Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV.AIDS, Exchanges.
- 11 Training sessions: Body language, Public Speaking, You and Your Patient, Personal Strategic Planning, Creative Thinking, Time Management, Team Building, CV Writing, Project Design using BMC, Human Rights)
- Presidential Session
- Closing Ceremony
Baghdad, AlMansour Hotel
Sardar Group (Jaguar and Landrover)
AlMada for Media, Culture and Arts
AbuRafil for Sweets
The social determinants of health are identified by the World Health Organization as the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live and age, and the wider set of forces and
systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies, and political systems.
Considering the country’s current situation and the recent Iraqi crisis that forced over 3 million people to flee their homes, the need to focus on displacement as one of the major social determinants of health is ever so necessary.We, as Iraqi medical students and ifmsa-Iraq members acknowledge this situation and reckon that IDP’s health must be addressed in more collaborative manner among stakeholders of health professionals, government, and nongovernmental parties. It is vital that we consider
effective longterm solutions instead of temporary, immediate response. We also realize the importance of sustainable efforts in establishing a health care system that is more resilient and able to adapt to the country’s rapidly changing conditions.
1. Regular epidemiological surveillance of the IDPs’ health problems is indicated for better
control and management.
2. Regular visits of a psychiatrist (and psychology) team is recommended to support the
psychological break down of the IDPs especially women.
3. Provision of primary heath services, and a more organized referral system.
4. All partners working to support the IDPs should work on providing more medicines to
cover the need for it in the IDPs camps and other scattered in the cities.
5. More coordination with the humanitarian agencies themselves and the government is
needed to help them play a more effective role in supporting the IDPs and filling the
gaps in providing health services to the IDPs.
6. Special attention should be directed towards domestic violence against women
andchildren by raising awareness of the family and community about its negative impact
using the assistance of trained social workers.
7. Providing more information on IDP’s health and dealing with crises in general in the
8. The government should pay more efforts through its plans to increase the services
provided to IDPs.
To everyone who made this NGA possible. From our dear doctors, to the Public Health
Directorate in the Iraqi Ministry of Health, to the organizing committee themselves who worked
tirelessly to make the NGA a reality despite of the situation. ifmsa-Iraq recognizes your
contribution and thanks you for it. Be sure that your work will continue to inspire many
generations to come.