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With 100 days(ish) to go- how is the post-2015 agreement looking? (Part 1)

It is now just over 100 days until the UN convenes its special summit in late september to make the final decisions on the post-2015 agreement due to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). With that in mind, how is the agreement looking and what ...READ MORE

Applications now open for IFMSA Delegations to Regional HIV Conferences!

Are you passionate about access to treatment for HIV-positive people? Would you like to experience an international meeting on AIDS and promote the voice of students and young people? Fancy being part of an inspirational group of people, speaking up for ...READ MORE

From inside the occupation...#edinburghunifossilfree

The last 7 days I have been sitting, dancing, and sleeping inside a university management building at Edinburgh University. After a three year long campaign which revealed the majority of Edinburgh Uni students and staff were in support of fossil fuel ...READ MORE

MSF and Innovation

Innovation is one thing. Innovation when brought into the global health setting is a very different story. A better story. With the potential to influence more lives than previously perceived. Innovation doesn’t necessarily mean new, but it does mean ...READ MORE

Achieving the vision of ethical electives

This is the fourth and final post of a four-part blog series on medical electives, written by Gemma Bowsher, Medsin’s Policy and Advocacy Director. The blogs will be published in the days leading up to Medsin’s general Assembly in April where ...READ MORE

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With 100 days(ish) to go- how is the post-2015 agreement looking? (Part 1)

Posted by Nathan Cantley

Fri, 29 May 2015

It is now just over 100 days until the UN convenes its special summit in late september to make the final decisions on the post-2015 agreement due to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). With that in mind, how is the agreement looking and what cogs are left to be put in place? So where are we with the goals and targets? As it stands the post-2015 ...READ MORE

Applications now open for IFMSA Delegations to Regional HIV Conferences!

Posted by Medsin Aberdeen

Thu, 28 May 2015

Are you passionate about access to treatment for HIV-positive people? Would you like to experience an international meeting on AIDS and promote the voice of students and young people? Fancy being part of an inspirational group of people, speaking up for the marginalised on the world stage?   Then... join an IFMSA delegation to a Regional HIV ...READ MORE

From inside the occupation...#edinburghunifossilfree

Posted by Eleanor Dow

Tue, 19 May 2015

The last 7 days I have been sitting, dancing, and sleeping inside a university management building at Edinburgh University. After a three year long campaign which revealed the majority of Edinburgh Uni students and staff were in support of fossil fuel divestment, the university refused to commit to divesting from any fossil fuel extraction companies. Instead they ...READ MORE

MSF and Innovation

Posted by Alexandra Oti

Tue, 12 May 2015

Innovation is one thing. Innovation when brought into the global health setting is a very different story. A better story. With the potential to influence more lives than previously perceived. Innovation doesn’t necessarily mean new, but it does mean a new way.   It means using an already established piece of software in the Ebola setting, ...READ MORE

MSF Scientific Day: Ebola Research from the Field

Posted by Gemma Bowsher

Fri, 8 May 2015

Overwhelmed, delayed, limited – these are the words MSF used to describe the Ebola response and this sense has permeated the talks here today at MSF scientific day. The reports are unsurprisingly catastrophic.   Talks started by recounting the difficulties in controlling the epidemic and the difficulties provoked by coercive public health measures historically rooted in a ...READ MORE

MSF Scientific Day: Multi-disease Epidemics - Lessons from Ebola

Posted by Gemma Bowsher

Fri, 8 May 2015

Findings on Infectious Diseases at the MSF scientific day are chastening. Proceedings started with a wake up call from Jeremy Farrar, Oxford Professor of Tropical Medicine and Director of the Wellcome Trust who rightly highlighted the 8 month delay between MSF declaring a state of emergency, and the WHO following suit. He identified a 42 day window for taking control of disease epidemics, a ...READ MORE

MSF Scientific Day: Medical Research from the Frontline

Posted by Gemma Bowsher

Fri, 8 May 2015

MSF leads the calls for accessible and affordable outcomes at its annual scientific conference.    MSF has come together this week for its annual scientific day to reflect on innovation and research in humanitarian contexts. Reflecting on Ebola, Syria and the usual public health suspects of HIV and TB, the NGO community continues to highlight failures in access and providing ...READ MORE

Is changing student attitudes going to be the biggest problem we'll encounter when trying to make our electives ethical?

Posted by Joanna Marsden

Mon, 4 May 2015

Before attending SGA this year, I had always had a vague idea of going to India for my elective in the back of my mind. However since attending SGA I’ve had a change of heart, partially due to the multitude of ethical issues brought up, but also because the SGA Ethical Electives stream had really made me think about what I wanted from my elective, something I had never considered ...READ MORE

Are you Medsin's next Secretary?

Posted by Felicia Yeung

Mon, 4 May 2015

The Medsin-UK secretary’s role is primarily two-fold: supporting the National Committee in its communications and information-storing, whilst also communicating regularly with the network. Within the National Committee, the Secretary produces the minutes of National Committee meetings and ensures their availability to the network. Storing of meeting reports, documents, archives and ...READ MORE

Are you Medsin's next Director of Branch Affairs?

Posted by Felicia Yeung

Mon, 4 May 2015

The Director of Branch Affairs (DBA) can be one of the most rewarding positions on National Committee - it is a role that requires passion and hard work, but can produce profound changes in the network that will last for years to come. The role of the Director of Branch Affairs will typically be to support our network of over 30 Medsin Branches in the country, as well as to deputise for ...READ MORE

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