Are you passionate about a specific issue in global health? Then Activities are for you. Activities are student led nationally coordinated projects focused tackling a specific area of health inequality. Activities are a core part of the Medsin network and are the home of some of the networks biggest successes. Activities adopt a unique way of tackling health inequalities, some focus on action in their communities while others advocate for change - often they do both! If you're interested in a particular area of global health then check out the relevant activity’s page below and find out how you can get involved directly with them. Many will have projects you can take up on the local level or any number of ways to contribute on the national level! Finding out how to have an impact on global health is only and email away!
If you have any queries, can’t find an activity that suits your interest, would like help in setting up a new activity or are involved with an organization that would like to become an affiliated Activity of Medsin UK, then contact our Activities Director Joseph McArthur on firstname.lastname@example.org
Crossing Borders is an international network of students whose mission is to remove barriers to healthcare for refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. We work to improve the health of refugees and asylum seekers through practical action, education, awareness raising and campaigning.
Healthy Planet UK is a nationwide network of health students in the UK dedicated to education, action and advocacy around climate change and health. In order to mobilise future members of the health profession - and others - in response to climate change, we work on several key areas:
- Education, including non-formal training and peer-to-peer teaching and work to get more teaching on these subjects into medical schools' curricula.
- Policy and advocacy at both national and international levels, both on climate policy and NHS policy related to healthcare sustainability
- Internationalisation - linking up with young people interested in climate & health around the world, working to share resources and build capacity.
- Local action - this is integrally linked to the other two, but incudes action days, films screenings, events with children and young people and other awareness-raising activities and stunts
PharmAware aims to maximise good practice and ethical interactions between healthcare professionals and pharmaceutical companies to enhance patient care. Alongside this they aim to educate and campaign on various international pharma issues.
Sexpression educates young people in sex and relationship issues and aims to empower them to make informed choices about their reproductive health. Healthcare students deliver interactive and informal sessions to small groups, creating a relaxed environment to learn about sexual health and broach sensitive topics.
To achieve our vision: "A society in which young people are able to access reliable information about relationships, sex and sexuality; where youth are free from STI, and unwanted pregnancy; and where they are empowered to make individual, informed decisions regarding their bodies and their health" we are now advocating for mandatory Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in schools.
Students for Kids International Projects 'SKIP' is a healthcare-student led UK-based registered charity, which supports child welfare in communities throughout the developing world. SKIP aims to develop and maintain sustainable, community-based projects aimed at improving the health, education and welfare of vulnerable children. We also aim to develop globally and culturally aware students who can advocate for local and international health progress. We currently have 10 branches in universities across the UK.
The Student Stop AIDS Campaign is made up young people who believe the world’s response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic is insufficient and unacceptable. They work to ensure there are zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS related deaths.
Many important medicines and public health technologies are developed in academic laboratories. Their accessibility in poor nations is profoundly affected by the research, patenting and licensing decisions made by universities. We are a group of university students who believe that our universities have an opportunity and a responsibility to improve global access to public health goods. We have two main campaign focuses:
Improving access to drugs developed through publicly funded research - by ensuring such drugs are allowed to be sold generically in the developing world
Improving research into 'Neglected Diseases' that affect predominatly the poor - by influencing local university research priorities
Homed exists in order to stand against the inequalities and injustices faced by those who are homeless, believing theses issues are often the very cause of homelessness. We are present at many universities; acting locally on volunteer projects, educating each other and standing as a voice for a better future- especially in the delivery of healthcare. To us, homelessness isn't just sleeping on the streets, it encompasses anything that falls short of a standard of living adequate for mental and physical health. The problem is huge but from soup to campaigning, we believe in making a difference in however small a way.
Minds for Health is an independent voluntary organisation which aims to tackle mental illness and poverty in low and middle income countries. We work with partner organisations in developing countries to create new services, improve access to essential mental healthcare and act upon the social causes and consequences of mental illness. In the UK we campaign, raise awareness, support research and offer volunteering opportunities. By involving future health workers and researchers we hope to reduce global inequities in resources for mental health.