,,Health is human physical, social and mental well-being. Health protection and prevention are fundamental human rights. EMSA public health aims to unite European medical students for a healthy society”.
There are some diseases you have to face as a doctor again and again. You treat obese patients having diabetes, tobacco addicts that got a lung cancer or people with a chronic pancreatitis that used to drink a lot of alcohol. Public health focuses on preventing those widespread diseases by education, empowerment and health promotion on every possible level. We create a framework of specific projects for you to get active and to work on those issues that interest you the most while having the chance to collaborate with link-minded people across Europe.
As a decision of EMSA General Assembly a new public health pillar was created in September of 2011, in Leiden, Holland. Promotion of health education, information about communicable and non communicable diseases, popularization of healthy lifestyle, disease prevention, information campaigns in youth are the main objectives of EMSAs public health pillar. We will also focus on health systems, primary health care, health promotion, environmental influences on health, health determinants and all the issues that are essential for physical and social health.
EMSA public health priorities:
- Health systems
- Diseases prevention
- Health determinants
- Environment and health
Public health covers of many aspects. But because of European Medical Students Associations’ activity mainly intended for students, we focused attention on the issues that are actual and urgent for young people.
These themes are: communicable and non communicable diseases, tobacco use, food safety, vaccines and immunization, physical activity, alcohol used, air quality, climate changes, urban health, patient safety, Primary health care, obesity, mental health, urban health, water and sanitation, gender, millennium development goals, social determinants.
European Week of Public Health
A European Public Health event will be organized in the first week of April in anticipation of the World Health Day, 7 April 2012. This event will reunite the medical students in Europe that wish to organize projects and conferences on topics relating to public health such as:
- Primary healthcare
- Disease prevention
- Health determinants
- Active and healthy ageing
- Healthy lifestyle - Physical activity and sport competitions
World Cancer Day
Conferences, workshops and awareness campaigns will be organized throughout Europe on the occasion of the World Cancer day of February 4th.
Mental Health Day
Mental health is a basic human right and as such the medical students of Europe will engage in projects that target social exclusion, mental health disability and mental health promotion and prevention of disorders such as depression or professional burnout particularly in the medical profession, especially surrounding the 10 October Mental Health Day.
A European opportunity to collaborate on patient law and to conduct a situational analysis on the topic of patient safety on the national and regional level so as to create projects that will be shaped based on the particularities of national legislation and the needs on the national and regional level.
Climate Changes Influence on Health
Conferences that reunite expert speakers in the field of medicine, public health and climate change in events organized European-wide on the occasion of the World Climate Change Day on 5 June.
Vaccines and Immunization
Awareness and public health campaigns on hepatitis vaccination for medical students and medical professionals in general.
The project can include a scientific part that would consist in the mapping of relevant vaccination needs in the region.
Prevention campaigns among high school students or general population that will aim to promote awareness on hepatitis and other blood or sexually transmitted diseases.
The Little Sanitarians
A project that engages medical students in the act of teaching primary school children basic sanitary education principles such as hygiene, anatomy and physiology, first aid, nutrition, anti-tobacco, environment, physical activity and rest, road safety and abuse and violence
EMSA Medical Mission
A project that engages medical students to provide medical assistance in the rural areas were access to healthcare services is problematic.
This project allows medical students to further develop their clinical practice and as a result of the projects Statistics about the disease.