Medics worldwide: news and opportunites from the IFMSA
- By: Emily Spry
A preventable disease: More than 600 medical students from more than 80 countries spent a week in Ohrid, Macedonia. They heard about the impact of violence on health from Alex Butchart of the World Health Organization and other speakers from the Global Campaign to Prevent Violence. The issue was brought alive by a moving performance by Israeli actress Naomi Ackerman. Her one woman show is based on interviews with survivors of domestic violence and relates a common story of this worldwide blight on women's health and wellbeing. See pictures and report of the meeting at www.ifmsa.org/news/meetings/AM2004_report.pdf
Stop TB: One in four affected worldwide: Another big issue at the meeting was the global epidemic of tuberculosis. Ignored for many years as it was virtually wiped out in the West, this treatable disease still ravages much of the world and is re-emerging in the developed world with deadly consequences. See www.stoptb.org.