Medics worldwide: news from the IFMSA
- By: Emily Spry
At the recent meeting of the World Health Organization Executive Board meeting, the United States stirred up controversy by once again blocking anti-obesity proposals aimed at fighting non-communicable disease burdens across the world. The United States was accused of bowing to pressure from the American sugar barons by the leader of the initiative.1 The international federation of medical students' associations (IFMSA) was there to support emphasis on the need for youth friendly health services in a paper on reproductive health. The proposals will be considered for final adoption by all member states at the World Health Assembly in May (see www.ifmsa.org/scora).
A weekend conference in London will look at both sides of some controversial global health issues. Should pharmaceutical companies be forced to drop their prices to increase the poor world's access to drugs? Can Britain's arms industry really be blamed for what the weapons are used for? Does international