Policy Statements

Policies are thought to be the tool of governments to enact their beliefs into the public sphere, but policies are used by many organisations to officially recognise the collective belief of their organisations, outline their recommendations for action and how they intend to contribute to this change.

Students for Global Health is no different! At our General Assemblies, we collectively vote in and adopt policies that can be written by any SfGH member and proposed by a branch, an affiliate or the national committee. They speak for all of us and are used by official representatives for advocacy work and campaigns.

They are also useful educational tools, with thoroughly researched position papers in highly accessible language designed to maximise public engagement with global health issues.

They are 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! Some overlap or complement each other, and National policies supercede those of the IFMSA if they were to oppose each other! You can view them here: IFMSA.org

Spring General Assembly 2018

Sustainable Development

Neglected Tropical Diseases

Ending Fossil Fuel Investments

Air Pollution

Autumn Weekend 2017:

Nuclear Disarmament

Drug Use and Policy

Spring General Assembly 2017:

Access to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Domestic Abuse

Ethical Electives

Female Genital Cutting

Health Through Peace

Human Trafficking and Health

National Health Service (NHS)

Vegetarianism and Veganism

Widening Participation in Medical Education

Autumn Weekend 2016:

Spring General Assembly 2016:

Widening access to safe menstrual hygiene

Autumn Weekend 2015:

Global access licensing framework
Homelessness and health
Social determinants of lesbian gay bisexual trans queer intersex and asexual health
The United Kingdoms responsibility for refugees
Widening participation in medical education increases the number of individuals from low-socioeconomic backgrounds in medicine


 

Expired policy statements:

Spring General Assembly 2015:

Access to legal and safe abortion in the UK
Gender equity within the healthcare profession
Open access open education and open data (update)
Opposing the transatlantic trade and investment partnership- TTIP
Prioritising sugar in the obesity epidemic

August General Assembly 2014:
Ending fossil fuel investments to protect health and tackle climate change
Health equity in a devolved United Kingdom

Spring General Assembly 2014:
Access to orphan drugs in the National Health Service should not be dictated by cost
Assuring access to medical and humanitarian aid in Syria
Ethical electives
Post-2015 Agenda
Student health partnerships