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.
What do we do?
We have over 30 branches in universities across the UK, which run local educational events, debates and campaign stunts. We also have many nationally run activities, some of which are long-term campaigns on issues such as the dangers of Big Pharma, health impacts of climate change and health rights of asylum seekers; and others are local or international community action projects such as SKIP (Students for Kids International Project) and Sexpression (promoting UK sexual health education). Medsin also runs 2 national conferences per year, bringing together 300-400 students to be informed, angered and inspired into action on a particular area of global health.
At a national level, we advocate on many current health and development issues and have an active global health education working group. We publish a magazine twice a year and offer a wide range of training around running student organisations and advocacy. We also collaborate with numerous external partner organisations in health and development in the UK, representing the voice of students; and internationally are the UK member of the IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Student Associations), attending their biannual meetings. We also engage in high level global advocacy, sending delegations to events such as the UN COP17 climate talks in Durban in December 2011.
How is Medsin structured?
The day to day running of Medsin is overseen by the National Committee, comprising students from all over the country. They are supported by the Board of Trustees, who are legally responsible for the charity Medsin-UK. The highest decision making body of the network is the General Assembly, which meets twice a year and is made up of representatives from every local branch and every affiliated activity. Branches, which have their own committees on a local level, are grouped into geographical regions, each of which is supported by a Regional Coordinator. For lots more info on the structure of Medsin, you can delve into our Constitution and Bylaws (in the Resources section)!
How can I get involved?
If you are a student who is passionate about global health equity, there are numerous ways of getting involved with Medsin, ranging from plugging into your local branch or attending a conference to joining a national working group or activity. Check out the ‘Get Involved’ tab for lots more info.