Medics worldwide: news and opportunities from the IFMSA
- By: Jana Kammeyer
Village concept projects—The “village concept” promotes community development initiatives as well as student capacity building. Projects based on the village concept are called village concept projects. They are voluntary, non-political, and non-governmental projects, which aim to provide sustainable improvement in the living conditions in underprivileged communities at village level as well as to develop the capabilities of students. Key aspects for these initiatives are the full participation of the local communities and students from different cultures and disciplines. Project activities interlink sectors, such as education, agriculture, health, water and sanitation, forestry, and environment. The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) is organising projects in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Ugandan village concept project, is an initiative of IFMSA-USA and is recruiting students and professionals to implement projects designed to understand, promote, and advocate for improved community health in the Uganda district (email firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ifmsa-usa.org/UVP).