Medsin is a student network and registered charity tackling global and local health inequalities through education, advocacy and community action. We have a vision of ‘a fair and just world in which equity in health is a reality for all’ and believe that the students of today are critical to bringing about an equitable and healthy world of tomorrow. There are over 30 branches at universities across the UK. Medsin is also the official UK representative at International Federation of Medical Students Associations.
Here at Medsin-KCL, we offer students the chance to engage in both local and global issues through lectures, debates, film viewings (‘Medsinemas’), a book club, and by actively supporting our projects. Our current affiliated projects include Project Zimbabwe, Healthy Planet, and HOMED.
Project Zimbabwe sends a team of students to Botswana and Zimbabwe every summer to deliver sexual health education. Throughout the year, they aim to raise awareness of the challenges faced by the Zimbabwean health system, while establishing links between students, and in learning and research between Zimbabwe and the UK.
Healthy Planet focuses on education in climate change and health, and helps to teach on the KCL MBBS4 global health day, as well as running a ‘Climate Change & Health’ SSC.
HOMED members volunteer at a local homeless shelter once a month; we are currently working together to try and increase that to every fortnight. Activities include clothes swaps and jumble sales as fund raising events.
We also endeavor to continue working with past Medsin-KCL projects, such as Sexpression-KCL and KCL Marrow, both of which have developed into successful autonomous campaign societies.
Most recently, Medsin-KCL hosted the annual Medsin Global Health Conference 2012, entitled ‘CONFLICTED: The War for Health.’ GHC12 was a success, with 300 delegates attending from across the UK, as well as a handful from Europe. Over the two-day conference, students learned about and discussed issues surround the causes and health effects of conflict, and the humanitarian and developmental responses. Highlights included the keynote speech by Dr. Robin Coupland, medical advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and having Simon Hughes, our local MP (and deputy leader of the Lib Dems) as a panelist at the Global Health Question Time, which allowed delegates to participate by submitting questions via a live Twitter feed. There were also over 55 different workshop offered by a mix of external groups, such as Merlin and MedAct, as well as by Medsin students themselves.
For more information about Medsin, please visit http://www.medsin.org
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