Policy Statements

Policies represent the stance or position of Students for Global Health (SfGH) on key global health topics. Our policies aim to:

  • officially recognize the collective beliefs of SfGH,
  • outline our recommendations for action
  • how we intend to contribute or achieve our policy aims.

They speak for all of us and are used by official representatives for advocacy work and campaigns. Policies are useful educational tools, with thoroughly researched position papers in highly accessible language designed to maximize public engagement with global health issues.

Any SfGH member, branch, affiliate or the national committee can write and propose a policy. Policies must be collectively voted on at our General Assemblies, which are held twice a year, before they are adopted. They are then valid for 3 years and would have to be re-proposed and re-voted on once expired. 

If you’d like more information on this or tools for writing great policy statements, please email our Policy and Advocacy Director.

We are also bound to policies adopted by the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) General Assembly! As a National Member Organisation of the IFMSA we are very active in policy creation. You can view them here: IFMSA.org

Please find a list of our current/valid policies below:

Access to Legal and Safe Abortion in the UK (AW/2018)

Access to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (SGA/2017)

Air Pollution (SGA/2018)

Antimicrobial Resistance (AW/2018)

Domestic Abuse (SGA/2017)

Drug Use and Policy (AW/2017)

Ending Fossil Fuel Investments (SGA/2018)

Ethical Electives (SGA/2017)

Female Genital Cutting (SGA/2017)

Health Through Peace (SGA/2017)

Homelessness and Health (AW/2018)

Human Trafficking and Health (SGA/2017)

Neglected Tropical Diseases  (SGA/2018)

National Health Service (NHS) (SGA/2017)

Nuclear Disarmament (AW/2017)

Refugees and Asylum Seekers (AW/2019)

Student Health Partnerships (SGA/2016)

The Responsibilities of UK Universities in Access to Medications, Vaccines and Diagnostics (AW/2018)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SGA/2018)

Vegetarianism and Veganism (SGA/2017)

Widening Participation in Medical Education (SGA/2017)