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IFMSA Delegation to WHO EURO Meeting

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IFMSA Delegation to WHO EURO Meeting

Please read the attached letter from the IFMSA Regional Director for Europe, Birk Bähnemann

“I am pleased to announce that IFMSA has been invited to participate in the 68th regional committee of WHO/Europe, which will take place from the 17th to the 20th of September in Rome, Italy.

What is the Regional Committee?

If you’ve heard of the World Health Assembly, this is sort of like that. The Regional Committee – or RC – is a decision making body of the WHO European Region, where members of the region decide on how to move forward with health issues in Europe. The RC is a significant affair, and its outcomes reverberate through decision-making circles all over Europe. NB! The WHO European Region is comprised of more countries than the IFMSA European Region. Countries such as Kazakhstan are also included in the WHO EURO region.

During this RC, members will discuss the following topics:

  1. The European Health Report 2018;
  2. Implementation of the roadmap to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, building on health 2020, the European policy framework for health and well-being, and review of the joint monitoring framework;
  3. Advancing public health in the WHO European Region for sustainable development;
  4. Can people afford to pay for healthcare? New evidence on financial protection in Europe;
  5. Action plan to improve public health preparedness and response in the WHO European Region;
  6. Strategy on the health and well-being of men in the WHO European Region;
  7. Implementation of the Regional Framework for Surveillance and Control of Invasive Mosquito Vectors and re-emerging Vector-borne Diseases 2014-2020: lessons learned and the way forward;
  8. Vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization: realizing the full potential of the European Vaccine Action Plan;
  9. Countries at the centre: the strategic role of country offices in the WHO European Region;
  10. Impact of WHO reform on the work of the WHO European Region;
  11. Accreditation of regional non-State actors to the WHO Regional Committee for Europe;
  12. Report on WHO high-level meetings (Health Systems Respond to NCDs & Health System for Prosperity and Solidarity)

In addition, a number of informative side-events shall take place. The matron of the RC is Mary, the Crown Princess of Denmark.

How to apply for the delegation?

  • Fill out this form
  • Submit a signed and stamped candidature form (attached)
  • Complete both actions by 23:59 GMT on the 8th of August at the latest

The delegation shall be chosen by the Regional Director in collaboration with the RD-elect and will be announced by the 15th of August at the latest.

What are we looking for in a delegate?

The delegates shall assist in all preparations for and execution of activities at the Regional Committee. This includes preparing statements, helping with negotiations, attending and reporting from relevant side-events and much, much more. Hence, the people we are looking for roughly correspond to this list:

  • Responsible, hard-working individuals
  • Ideally with some experience in external representation
  • Ideally with some expertise in one of the topics to be discussed (listed above)
  • An applicant that has a clear plan on how to follow-up on their experience in the delegation
  • An applicant with some IFMSA experience

In choosing the delegation, IFMSA will seek to ensure a gender and sub-regional balance. We would also like to encourage less experienced participants to apply – knowledge transfer is a goal in and of itself for us.

To find out more about what it’s like to be an IFMSA delegate, please consult the attached manual.

How much does it cost?

Participation in the RC is free, with some meals offered, but participants will have to cover their flights and accommodation themselves. Whereas we cannot offer any financial support, last year IFMSA successfully sought cheap accommodation for the delegation and shall attempt the same this year. Please also note that depending on your country, you may need a visa to enter Italy, so make sure you have enough time to apply for the visa, should you be selected.”

Delegate’s Manual


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