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Medical Students in the spirit of culture of peace
an article by Diana Stefanova Tashkova

Founded in 1951, The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) is one of the world’s oldest and largest independent organization representing associations of medical students worldwide. It currently maintains 108 National Member Organizations from more than 100 countries across six continents with over 1,2 million young activists and it is cultivating a global network of activists. One of its aims is to expose all medical students to humanitarian issues, providing them with the opportunity to educate themselves and to facilitate partnerships between the physician in training community and international organization working on health, education and social issues.

The spirit of IFMSA

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By Professional and Research medical exchanges students from six continents promote cultural understanding and co-operation amongst youths and all health professionals. Numerous of exchange programs are realized between colleagues from the whole world which aim is to introduce the student to the health care challenges at the host country and how to treat patients in different cultural settings. The standing committee of Human Rights and Peace(SCORP) is committed to areas as human rights, access to education , migration, discrimination, equality, mobility, orphanage initiative, poverty.

There is a the standing committee of Public Health (SCOPH) where future doctors are fighting against chronic disease, infectious diseases, malaria, climat change, awareness strategies for pollution from industries, peace test, sexuality of disabled children, regional integration, environment.

Medical students are also involved in the edition of magazines” PeriSCOPE”-sharing experience of international clerkship programs,SCORAlicios- which themes concerne the field of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS,Morning SCOPHian- Public health, etc.

The spirit of IFMSA has always been a spirit of culture of peace and all the actions are powered by enthusiasm, comprehension and tolerance.


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Is there a renewed movement of solidarity by the new generation?,

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from Javier Collado Ruano, Director of Edition at Global Education Magazine, on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity.

Solidarity is a trans-dimensional phenomenon that goes beyond the ontological essence of human nature. In fact, when we analyze the connections between the microcosm and the macrocosm, we perceive that human beings are not involved in chaos and arbitrariness, but belongs to the large network of interdependencies, complementarities and reciprocities that constitute life. The emergence of life on Earth, around 3,8 billion years ago, was a complex process of exceptional natural phenomena, inherent in all living systems. A process which is expressed through unlimited creativity: mutation, gene exchange, and symbiosis. From a cosmo-biological perspective, we can understand a new conceptual dimension of life, where all living beings share same basis of genetic code: the twenty amino-acids and four phosphatic bases. In fact, the diversity of living beings is caused by the combination of this cosmo-bio-genetic basis.

This trans-dimensional perspective has a deep ecological and spiritual sense for our worldview because the human evolutionary adventure is the latest stage of life on Earth. The modern human being is a vertebrate animal, mammal, belonging to the primates, which emerged 200,000 years ago. In recent centuries he has imposed its anthropocentric, industrial and capitalist vision to the detriment of Pachamama (and Indigenous goddess known as earth mother). We consume around 120% of the natural resources that Earth Mother regenerats annually. Our consumer behavior is immersed in a fatalistic dynamic with a destiny to climate change (deforestation, loss of biodiversity, ozone, etc.), and our own self-destruction as a species.

There is an urgent need to get beyond the cognitive fallacy that the mental structures of social Darwinism and capitalist postulates of the 19th century have historically constituted, because they only understand natural and social systems as warmongers and competitive processes whereby species diverge from each other. . ...more.

This report was posted on 6th of Novermber, 2012.