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Mumbai to Organise World Medical Students’ Meet

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Road safety, mental health and equal access to healthcare facilities will be some of the important issues that will be discussed at the general assembly of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association, to be held in Mumbai.

The proposals discussed will be forwarded to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Medical Students Association of India joined the international federation just a year ago and for the first time, the assembly will be held in India or even in south Asia.

Abhijeet Sharma, vice-president of the association, said suggestions mooted at the assembly will be handed over to the WHO. The assembly will be attended by more than 1,000 delegates from 114 countries. The federation is organising a workshop, where participants from 20 countries will visit slums in the city on August 7.

Pratap Naidu, the association’s president, said, “Nine policies have been shortlisted for discussions. Discrimination against disabled, disasters and emergencies, tobacco control also are among the policies to be discussed.”

The federation is organising a pre-general assembly workshop, where participants from 20 countries will visit slums in the city on August 7 and prepare a report.

The association is currently working with an NGO to build at least five e-toilets in government schools in every state. The initiative was taken up to tackle the problems of drop outs among girl students in schools.

Pratap Naidu, the association’s president, also a medical student, said, “Nine policies have been shortlisted for discussions for the general assembly Discrimination against disabled, disasters and emergencies, tobacco control also are among the policies to be discussed.”

The federation is organizing a pre-general assembly workshop, where participants from 20 countries will visit slums in the city on August 7 and prepare a report.

The association is currently working with an NGO to build at least five e-toilets in government schools in every state. The initiative was taken up to tackle the problems of drop outs among girl students in schools. The association has taken up the project as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. The association is also tying up with the Indian Medical Association, as their students wing and tries to bring about the change required in the country.

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