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Welcome to SCOPH!

 

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The Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH) brings together medical students from all over the world to learn, build skills, cooperate, explore and share ideas when it comes to addressing all issues related to public health, including global health issues, health policies, health promotion and education, activities.

 

History

Medical students of the IFMSA formed the Standing Committee on Students Health (SCOSH) in 1952, driven by a strong will to take an active part in preventing and making policies concerning health problems. During the following years, the wide variety of activities led to the change of SCOSH to Standing Committee on Health (SCOH) in 1963. In 1983, the name of the Committee changed once more to Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH). In the past decades, SCOPHeroes have been implementing, maintaining and improving a wide variety of community based projects on a local, national and international level. Through these activities we are approaching our vision of a healthy society and we are developing our own potential of being a complete and skillful health professional.

 

Vision

The Standing Committee on Public Health aims to become a reference as training and learning pillars for medical students, in order to create future public health qualified leaders who are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to work on a local and an international level.

 

Mission

The Standing Committee on Public Health promotes the development of medical students worldwide regarding public health issues through an international sharing knowledge network, projects management, community based learning, capacity building, advocacy and access to external learning opportunities.

 

Objectives

-Disease prevention within our society.

-Health promotion and education within our society.

-Raising awareness about global public health issues within medical students and our society.

-Advocating for health policies as the voice of worldwide medical students.

 

 

 

 

Main Topics

 

Health Promotion: recognized as the key element for community health change. SCOPHians perform different activities to raise awareness, educate and train general population on several health issues to prevent from Communicable to noncommunicable Diseases, to adopt healthy lifestyles addressing risk factors but also caring about the environment.

 

Social & Environmental Determinants of Health (SDH): are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.

 

Universal Health Coverage: SCOPHians are advocating in their countries to have a positive impact on equal, accessible and affordable high-quality universal health care. Coming from the principle of achieving health for all (3rd Sustainable Development Goal), it is the duty of medical students to support this movement for a better healthcare quality as well as physical and mental health status.

 

Health in All Policies (HiAP): is a movement that advocates for a collaborative approach to improving health of all people by taking in consideration health when making decisions in sectors other than health such as tobacco, food, migration, urbanization, climate change etc. The goal of HiAP is to ensure that decisions makers are well informed about impact their policies can have on health and to incorporate importance of health in their decision making process.

 

Global Health, International Health and Public Health: With the expansion of international aid in health crisis, the sense of globalization and trade, the term of global health and international health have emerged and have taken a certain value compared to public health. Take a look at the table below, from Kaplan JP et al, the Lancet 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • MedSIN-Sudan and SCOPH

    The Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH) in MedSIN-Sudan is one of the biggest Standing Committees with the largest number of members.

    Public Health is defined as "the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promoting of healthy lifestyles and prevention, leading to prolonging life expectancy through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.” Environmental, behavioral, and occupational health are also important aspects in public health beside the traditional definition of health "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or disability”.

    The name of the committee developed from SCOH (Standing Committee on Health), through the years to become SCOPH in 1982, by Mohyeldin Mohamed Ali from Sudan who was the director at the time.

    SCOPH aims to increase the awareness educate and train medical students to become actively involved in public health issues and their situation at both a national

     

     

     

     

    and international level. It also aims to help people in fighting diseases and solving their problems associated with public health.

    It is clear that Public health issues are so broad, including a lot of diseases and community problems that can’t be covered at one time so in SCOPH-Sudan we always set our priorities according to the severity and effect of the health issue in the country. We do a diversity of activities in all of those issues to reach the goals of our standing committee (raising awareness and advocating) starting by our medical students; giving them all the information and skills needed to convey the message to the people of the community and to support them as much as we can. At the same time we work on advocacy and lobbying (collecting signatures, writing policies …etc.) aiming for a better health services.

    SCOPH follows a number of different approaches when it comes to health education these include, Public lectures,  games and plays, interactive session that consists of photos, text, movies and music, Focus group discussions, Distribution of IEC materials (posters, pamphlets, booklets) and Mass media program’s.

     

     

     

  • SCOPH projects

     

    IFMSA campaign in malaria (ICOM):

    Malaria is by any measure one of humanity’s most ancient and persistent global health scourges. It is believed to be the world’s deadliest tropical parasitic disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Today Malaria is found throughout the tropics and causes more than 300 million acute illness and at least one million deaths annually.

    Malaria and Sudan:

    According to the annual statistical report of the FMOH, 17.4 -44.8% of all outpatient clinic visits for malaria, 9.6 36.3% of all hospital admissions are a consequence of malaria, and malaria is a leading cause of reported deaths, contributing to10-15% of total deaths that occur at hospital level. Case fatality rate is high ranging between 0.9 to 6.9%. It is increasing every year due to poor case management, low awareness and the emergence of drug resistance. A total of 7 – 10 million US$ is needed every year to control malaria for at least 10 years period.

    The aim of this project is to:

    1. Educate medical students about malaria

    2. Educate and raise awareness about malaria in the community.

    3. Empower medical students to become active participants in achieving efficient malaria control

    4. Collaborate with similar NGOs or Government Initiatives working in malaria control.

    This campaign falls in to the IFMSA program (communicable diseases).

    Anti TB campaign:

    Tuberculosis continues to be a major public health concern throughout the world, particularly in the developing countries as Sudan. Nearly one-third of the global population (two billion people) is infected with TB and is at risk of developing the disease (World Health Organization, 2016).

    We are confident that medical students, as the future physicians of this planet, have an important role to play as they can be the hands and the voices of the larger health campaigns.

    The aim of this project is to;

    1. Design and implement training activities for medical students to provide health education to community.

    2. Establish a prevention campaign within school

    and the community especially to highly venerable groups.

     

     

     

     

     

    3. Collaboration with similar NGOs or Government Initiatives working in TB prevention.

    This campaign falls in to the IFMSA program (communicable diseases).

    Youth against tobacco (YAT):

    Tobacco remains the leading cause of death and preventable illness for many years. According to survey made by CDC 2008-2014: more than 4.6 million students reported as current tobacco users (use tobacco products not only smoking):

    • 1 in every 4 high school students, 25% of high school student are tobacco users.

    •1 in every 13 middle school students, 7.6%of middle school students are tobacco users.

    •14% of them are females.

    • Every 9 of 10 tobacco users started their first cigarette by the age 18 years old.

    The aim pf this project is to:

    1. Educate and encourage young people to take healthy choices, and right decisions, to quit tobacco using.

    2. Write and publish booklets on why and how to quit smoking.

    3. Advocate for steps that make it harder for youth to use tobacco, such as raising cigarette prices and enforcing laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco to children.

    This campaign falls in to the IFMSA program (healthy life style and non-communicable disease).

    Mental health aid (MHA)

    According to the World Health Organization, approximately 450 million people worldwide suffer from a Mental or behavioral disorder. The United Nations recognizes mental health as a human right essential for Wellbeing and social development yet there are millions of people, particularly in developing countries, who Lack access to basic mental health services.

    The aim of this project is to:

    1. Educate medical students about mental health.

    2. Educate and raise awareness about mental health in the community to eradicate stigma and help affected individuals.

    3. Empower medical students to become active participants in mental health aid.

    This campaign falls in to the IFMSA program (mental health).

     

  • this term

    community with the maximum knowledge about TB and all its aspects, covering university student and the community espisially

     highly venerable populations.

    2. World day celebration.

    Let’s talk – Sudan

    On 10 October 2016, World Mental Health Day, the WHO started the campaign “depression: let’s talk” with the main goal that more people with depression, in all countries, seek and get help.

    At the core of the campaign is the importance of talking about depression as a vital component of recovery. The stigma surrounding mental illness, including depression, remains a barrier to people seeking help throughout the world.

    Talking about depression, whether with a family member, friend or medical professional; in larger groups, for example in schools, the workplace and social settings; or in the public domain, in the news media, blogs or on social media, helps break down this stigma, ultimately leading to more people seeking help.

    We in the Standing committee on public health believe full heartedly in the message of this campaign and plan to work to achieve its main goal in abolishing the stigma surrounding depression and mental illness.

    ICOM campaign

    The IFMSA Campaign on Malaria (ICOM) aims to raise awareness and visibility on Malaria and its numerous threats, and hopes to establish a national strategy among medical students in Sudan to respond to its many challenges and motivate them to be involved in initiatives adopted against Malaria. Through gathering information, providing assistance, promoting anti-Malaria activities, organizing fundraising activities, providing manpower, establishing research initiatives and ultimately sharing success stories and challenges.

    Youth against tobacco

    Tobacco remains the leading cause of death in the community for many years and the number of tobacco users is in rapid increase, it is one of the risk factors for many diseases which affect the community, we need to stop tobacco prevalence. So As a social responsibility we need to work on raising community awareness about tobacco and to spread the truth about tobacco to create a world free of tobacco.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    During this term of 2016-2017 the SCOPH national team aims to build capacity and expand on the health issues and topics covers by the committee, while also maintaining and improving the approach taken on the existing initiatives.

    Climate change and health

    Health is a very broad and complex subject and so is climate change, and when put together they bring even more aspects to consider. This workshops goal is to make medical students aware of the concept of climate change and its impact on health so we can find a way to help medical student be the next generation of health care professionals, who are fully equipped with the necessary knowledge they need.

    Community outreach program

    The underlying mission of public health is to improve the conditions and behaviors that affect health so that all people can attain it. Public health education is one of the most effective methods to prevent diseases and promote health; delivering and effective message to the community has always been our primary concern in SCOPH, so we intent to reach 5000 members of the community for health education.

    Global surgery

    Global Surgery is a current hot topic on the global health agenda, and is part of IFMSA’s Program on Health Systems. More specifically, this field encompasses many of IFMSA’s Global External Focus Areas, being primary health care, humanitarian actions and sustainable workforce, among others.

    Given the widespread need for access to safe and affordable surgical, anesthetic and obstetric care, as well as the cost-effectiveness and growing awareness of the implementation thereof, this is the ideal time to act upon this cause.

    Anti TB campaign

    TB is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Sudan. We as medical students who believe that prevention is better than cure; we must build awareness about this disease and limit its spread.

    1. Health education:

    This campaign is designed to supply the

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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The Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH) brings together medical students from all over the world to learn, build skills, cooperate, explore and share ideas when it comes to addressing all issues related to public health, including global health issues, health policies, health promotion and education, activities.

 

History

Medical students of the IFMSA formed the Standing Committee on Students Health (SCOSH) in 1952, driven by a strong will to take an active part in preventing and making policies concerning health problems. During the following years, the wide variety of activities led to the change of SCOSH to Standing Committee on Health (SCOH) in 1963. In 1983, the name of the Committee changed once more to Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH). In the past decades, SCOPHeroes have been implementing, maintaining and improving a wide variety of community based projects on a local, national and international level. Through these activities we are approaching our vision of a healthy society and we are developing our own potential of being a complete and skillful health professional.

 

Vision

The Standing Committee on Public Health aims to become a reference as training and learning pillars for medical students, in order to create future public health qualified leaders who are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to work on a local and an international level.

 

Mission

The Standing Committee on Public Health promotes the development of medical students worldwide regarding public health issues through an international sharing knowledge network, projects management, community based learning, capacity building, advocacy and access to external learning opportunities.

 

Objectives

-Disease prevention within our society.

-Health promotion and education within our society.

-Raising awareness about global public health issues within medical students and our society.

-Advocating for health policies as the voice of worldwide medical students.

 

 

 

 

Main Topics

 

Health Promotion: recognized as the key element for community health change. SCOPHians perform different activities to raise awareness, educate and train general population on several health issues to prevent from Communicable to noncommunicable Diseases, to adopt healthy lifestyles addressing risk factors but also caring about the environment.

 

Social & Environmental Determinants of Health (SDH): are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.

 

Universal Health Coverage: SCOPHians are advocating in their countries to have a positive impact on equal, accessible and affordable high-quality universal health care. Coming from the principle of achieving health for all (3rd Sustainable Development Goal), it is the duty of medical students to support this movement for a better healthcare quality as well as physical and mental health status.

 

Health in All Policies (HiAP): is a movement that advocates for a collaborative approach to improving health of all people by taking in consideration health when making decisions in sectors other than health such as tobacco, food, migration, urbanization, climate change etc. The goal of HiAP is to ensure that decisions makers are well informed about impact their policies can have on health and to incorporate importance of health in their decision making process.

 

Global Health, International Health and Public Health: With the expansion of international aid in health crisis, the sense of globalization and trade, the term of global health and international health have emerged and have taken a certain value compared to public health. Take a look at the table below, from Kaplan JP et al, the Lancet 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • MedSIN-Sudan and SCOPH

    The Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH) in MedSIN-Sudan is one of the biggest Standing Committees with the largest number of members.

    Public Health is defined as "the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promoting of healthy lifestyles and prevention, leading to prolonging life expectancy through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.” Environmental, behavioral, and occupational health are also important aspects in public health beside the traditional definition of health "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or disability”.

    The name of the committee developed from SCOH (Standing Committee on Health), through the years to become SCOPH in 1982, by Mohyeldin Mohamed Ali from Sudan who was the director at the time.

    SCOPH aims to increase the awareness educate and train medical students to become actively involved in public health issues and their situation at both a national

     

     

     

     

    and international level. It also aims to help people in fighting diseases and solving their problems associated with public health.

    It is clear that Public health issues are so broad, including a lot of diseases and community problems that can’t be covered at one time so in SCOPH-Sudan we always set our priorities according to the severity and effect of the health issue in the country. We do a diversity of activities in all of those issues to reach the goals of our standing committee (raising awareness and advocating) starting by our medical students; giving them all the information and skills needed to convey the message to the people of the community and to support them as much as we can. At the same time we work on advocacy and lobbying (collecting signatures, writing policies …etc.) aiming for a better health services.

    SCOPH follows a number of different approaches when it comes to health education these include, Public lectures,  games and plays, interactive session that consists of photos, text, movies and music, Focus group discussions, Distribution of IEC materials (posters, pamphlets, booklets) and Mass media program’s.

     

     

     

  • SCOPH projects

     

    IFMSA campaign in malaria (ICOM):

    Malaria is by any measure one of humanity’s most ancient and persistent global health scourges. It is believed to be the world’s deadliest tropical parasitic disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Today Malaria is found throughout the tropics and causes more than 300 million acute illness and at least one million deaths annually.

    Malaria and Sudan:

    According to the annual statistical report of the FMOH, 17.4 -44.8% of all outpatient clinic visits for malaria, 9.6 36.3% of all hospital admissions are a consequence of malaria, and malaria is a leading cause of reported deaths, contributing to10-15% of total deaths that occur at hospital level. Case fatality rate is high ranging between 0.9 to 6.9%. It is increasing every year due to poor case management, low awareness and the emergence of drug resistance. A total of 7 – 10 million US$ is needed every year to control malaria for at least 10 years period.

    The aim of this project is to:

    1. Educate medical students about malaria

    2. Educate and raise awareness about malaria in the community.

    3. Empower medical students to become active participants in achieving efficient malaria control

    4. Collaborate with similar NGOs or Government Initiatives working in malaria control.

    This campaign falls in to the IFMSA program (communicable diseases).

    Anti TB campaign:

    Tuberculosis continues to be a major public health concern throughout the world, particularly in the developing countries as Sudan. Nearly one-third of the global population (two billion people) is infected with TB and is at risk of developing the disease (World Health Organization, 2016).

    We are confident that medical students, as the future physicians of this planet, have an important role to play as they can be the hands and the voices of the larger health campaigns.

    The aim of this project is to;

    1. Design and implement training activities for medical students to provide health education to community.

    2. Establish a prevention campaign within school

    and the community especially to highly venerable groups.

     

     

     

     

     

    3. Collaboration with similar NGOs or Government Initiatives working in TB prevention.

    This campaign falls in to the IFMSA program (communicable diseases).

    Youth against tobacco (YAT):

    Tobacco remains the leading cause of death and preventable illness for many years. According to survey made by CDC 2008-2014: more than 4.6 million students reported as current tobacco users (use tobacco products not only smoking):

    • 1 in every 4 high school students, 25% of high school student are tobacco users.

    •1 in every 13 middle school students, 7.6%of middle school students are tobacco users.

    •14% of them are females.

    • Every 9 of 10 tobacco users started their first cigarette by the age 18 years old.

    The aim pf this project is to:

    1. Educate and encourage young people to take healthy choices, and right decisions, to quit tobacco using.

    2. Write and publish booklets on why and how to quit smoking.

    3. Advocate for steps that make it harder for youth to use tobacco, such as raising cigarette prices and enforcing laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco to children.

    This campaign falls in to the IFMSA program (healthy life style and non-communicable disease).

    Mental health aid (MHA)

    According to the World Health Organization, approximately 450 million people worldwide suffer from a Mental or behavioral disorder. The United Nations recognizes mental health as a human right essential for Wellbeing and social development yet there are millions of people, particularly in developing countries, who Lack access to basic mental health services.

    The aim of this project is to:

    1. Educate medical students about mental health.

    2. Educate and raise awareness about mental health in the community to eradicate stigma and help affected individuals.

    3. Empower medical students to become active participants in mental health aid.

    This campaign falls in to the IFMSA program (mental health).

     

  • this term

     

    During this term of 2016-2017 the SCOPH national team aims to build capacity and expand on the health issues and topics covers by the committee, while also maintaining and improving the approach taken on the existing initiatives.

    Climate change and health

    Health is a very broad and complex subject and so is climate change, and when put together they bring even more aspects to consider. This workshops goal is to make medical students aware of the concept of climate change and its impact on health so we can find a way to help medical student be the next generation of health care professionals, who are fully equipped with the necessary knowledge they need.

    Community outreach program

    The underlying mission of public health is to improve the conditions and behaviors that affect health so that all people can attain it. Public health education is one of the most effective methods to prevent diseases and promote health; delivering and effective message to the community has always been our primary concern in SCOPH, so we intent to reach 5000 members of the community for health education.

    Global surgery

    Global Surgery is a current hot topic on the global health agenda, and is part of IFMSA’s Program on Health Systems. More specifically, this field encompasses many of IFMSA’s Global External Focus Areas, being primary health care, humanitarian actions and sustainable workforce, among others.

    Given the widespread need for access to safe and affordable surgical, anesthetic and obstetric care, as well as the cost-effectiveness and growing awareness of the implementation thereof, this is the ideal time to act upon this cause.

    Anti TB campaign

    TB is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Sudan. We as medical students who believe that prevention is better than cure; we must build awareness about this disease and limit its spread.

    1. Health education:

    This campaign is designed to supply the

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    community with the maximum knowledge about TB and all its aspects, covering university student and the community espisially

     highly venerable populations.

    2. World day celebration.

    Let’s talk – Sudan

    On 10 October 2016, World Mental Health Day, the WHO started the campaign “depression: let’s talk” with the main goal that more people with depression, in all countries, seek and get help.

    At the core of the campaign is the importance of talking about depression as a vital component of recovery. The stigma surrounding mental illness, including depression, remains a barrier to people seeking help throughout the world.

    Talking about depression, whether with a family member, friend or medical professional; in larger groups, for example in schools, the workplace and social settings; or in the public domain, in the news media, blogs or on social media, helps break down this stigma, ultimately leading to more people seeking help.

    We in the Standing committee on public health believe full heartedly in the message of this campaign and plan to work to achieve its main goal in abolishing the stigma surrounding depression and mental illness.

    ICOM campaign

    The IFMSA Campaign on Malaria (ICOM) aims to raise awareness and visibility on Malaria and its numerous threats, and hopes to establish a national strategy among medical students in Sudan to respond to its many challenges and motivate them to be involved in initiatives adopted against Malaria. Through gathering information, providing assistance, promoting anti-Malaria activities, organizing fundraising activities, providing manpower, establishing research initiatives and ultimately sharing success stories and challenges.

    Youth against tobacco

    Tobacco remains the leading cause of death in the community for many years and the number of tobacco users is in rapid increase, it is one of the risk factors for many diseases which affect the community, we need to stop tobacco prevalence. So As a social responsibility we need to work on raising community awareness about tobacco and to spread the truth about tobacco to create a world free of tobacco.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

The Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH) brings together medical students from all over the world to learn, build skills, cooperate, explore and share ideas when it comes to addressing all issues related to public health, including global health issues, health policies, health promotion and education, activities.

 

History

Medical students of the IFMSA formed the Standing Committee on Students Health (SCOSH) in 1952, driven by a strong will to take an active part in preventing and making policies concerning health problems. During the following years, the wide variety of activities led to the change of SCOSH to Standing Committee on Health (SCOH) in 1963. In 1983, the name of the Committee changed once more to Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH). In the past decades, SCOPHeroes have been implementing, maintaining and improving a wide variety of community based projects on a local, national and international level. Through these activities we are approaching our vision of a healthy society and we are developing our own potential of being a complete and skillful health professional.

 

Vision

The Standing Committee on Public Health aims to become a reference as training and learning pillars for medical students, in order to create future public health qualified leaders who are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to work on a local and an international level.

 

Mission

The Standing Committee on Public Health promotes the development of medical students worldwide regarding public health issues through an international sharing knowledge network, projects management, community based learning, capacity building, advocacy and access to external learning opportunities.

 

Objectives

-Disease prevention within our society.

-Health promotion and education within our society.

-Raising awareness about global public health issues within medical students and our society.

-Advocating for health policies as the voice of worldwide medical students.

 

Main Topics

 

Health Promotion: recognized as the key element for community health change. SCOPHians perform different activities to raise awareness, educate and train general population on several health issues to prevent from Communicable to noncommunicable Diseases, to adopt healthy lifestyles addressing risk factors but also caring about the environment.

 

Social & Environmental Determinants of Health (SDH): are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.

 

Universal Health Coverage: SCOPHians are advocating in their countries to have a positive impact on equal, accessible and affordable high-quality universal health care. Coming from the principle of achieving health for all (3rd Sustainable Development Goal), it is the duty of medical students to support this movement for a better healthcare quality as well as physical and mental health status.

 

Health in All Policies (HiAP): is a movement that advocates for a collaborative approach to improving health of all people by taking in consideration health when making decisions in sectors other than health such as tobacco, food, migration, urbanization, climate change etc. The goal of HiAP is to ensure that decisions makers are well informed about impact their policies can have on health and to incorporate importance of health in their decision making process.

 

Global Health, International Health and Public Health: With the expansion of international aid in health crisis, the sense of globalization and trade, the term of global health and international health have emerged and have taken a certain value compared to public health. Take a look at the table below, from Kaplan JP et al, the Lancet 2009

 

 

  • MedSIN-Sudan and SCOPH

    The Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH) in MedSIN-Sudan is one of the biggest Standing Committees with the largest number of members.

    Public Health is defined as "the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promoting of healthy lifestyles and prevention, leading to prolonging life expectancy through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.” Environmental, behavioral, and occupational health are also important aspects in public health beside the traditional definition of health "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or disability”.

    The name of the committee developed from SCOH (Standing Committee on Health), through the years to become SCOPH in 1982, by Mohyeldin Mohamed Ali from Sudan who was the director at the time.

    SCOPH aims to increase the awareness educate and train medical students to become actively involved in public health issues and their situation at both a national and international level. It also aims to help people in fighting diseases and solving their problems associated with public health.

    It is clear that Public health issues are so broad, including a lot of diseases and community problems that can’t be covered at one time so in SCOPH-Sudan we always set our priorities according to the severity and effect of the health issue in the country. We do a diversity of activities in all of those issues to reach the goals of our standing committee (raising awareness and advocating) starting by our medical students; giving them all the information and skills needed to convey the message to the people of the community and to support them as much as we can. At the same time we work on advocacy and lobbying (collecting signatures, writing policies …etc.) aiming for a better health services.

    SCOPH follows a number of different approaches when it comes to health education these include, Public lectures,  games and plays, interactive session that consists of photos, text, movies and music, Focus group discussions, Distribution of IEC materials (posters, pamphlets, booklets) and Mass media program’s.

     

     

     

     

  • SCOPH projects

     

    IFMSA campaign in malaria (ICOM):

    Malaria is by any measure one of humanity’s most ancient and persistent global health scourges. It is believed to be the world’s deadliest tropical parasitic disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Today Malaria is found throughout the tropics and causes more than 300 million acute illness and at least one million deaths annually.

    Malaria and Sudan:

    According to the annual statistical report of the FMOH, 17.4 -44.8% of all outpatient clinic visits for malaria, 9.6 36.3% of all hospital admissions are a consequence of malaria, and malaria is a leading cause of reported deaths, contributing to10-15% of total deaths that occur at hospital level. Case fatality rate is high ranging between 0.9 to 6.9%. It is increasing every year due to poor case management, low awareness and the emergence of drug resistance. A total of 7 – 10 million US$ is needed every year to control malaria for at least 10 years period.

    The aim of this project is to:

    1. Educate medical students about malaria

    2. Educate and raise awareness about malaria in the community.

    3. Empower medical students to become active participants in achieving efficient malaria control

    4. Collaborate with similar NGOs or Government Initiatives working in malaria control.

    This campaign falls in to the IFMSA program (communicable diseases).

    Anti TB campaign:

    Tuberculosis continues to be a major public health concern throughout the world, particularly in the developing countries as Sudan. Nearly one-third of the global population (two billion people) is infected with TB and is at risk of developing the disease (World Health Organization, 2016).

    We are confident that medical students, as the future physicians of this planet, have an important role to play as they can be the hands and the voices of the larger health campaigns.

    The aim of this project is to;

    1. Design and implement training activities for medical students to provide health education to community.

    2. Establish a prevention campaign within school

    and the community especially to highly venerable groups.

    3. Collaboration with similar NGOs or Government Initiatives working in TB prevention.

    This campaign falls in to the IFMSA program (communicable diseases).

    Youth against tobacco (YAT):

    Tobacco remains the leading cause of death and preventable illness for many years. According to survey made by CDC 2008-2014: more than 4.6 million students reported as current tobacco users (use tobacco products not only smoking):

    • 1 in every 4 high school students, 25% of high school student are tobacco users.

    •1 in every 13 middle school students, 7.6%of middle school students are tobacco users.

    •14% of them are females.

    • Every 9 of 10 tobacco users started their first cigarette by the age 18 years old.

    The aim pf this project is to:

    1. Educate and encourage young people to take healthy choices, and right decisions, to quit tobacco using.

    2. Write and publish booklets on why and how to quit smoking.

    3. Advocate for steps that make it harder for youth to use tobacco, such as raising cigarette prices and enforcing laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco to children.

    This campaign falls in to the IFMSA program (healthy life style and non-communicable disease).

    Mental health aid (MHA)

    According to the World Health Organization, approximately 450 million people worldwide suffer from a Mental or behavioral disorder. The United Nations recognizes mental health as a human right essential for Wellbeing and social development yet there are millions of people, particularly in developing countries, who Lack access to basic mental health services.

    The aim of this project is to:

    1. Educate medical students about mental health.

    2. Educate and raise awareness about mental health in the community to eradicate stigma and help affected individuals.

    3. Empower medical students to become active participants in mental health aid.

    This campaign falls in to the IFMSA program (mental health).

     

     

     

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    During this term of 2016-2017 the SCOPH national team aims to build capacity and expand on the health issues and topics covers by the committee, while also maintaining and improving the approach taken on the existing initiatives.

    Climate change and health

    Health is a very broad and complex subject and so is climate change, and when put together they bring even more aspects to consider. This workshops goal is to make medical students aware of the concept of climate change and its impact on health so we can find a way to help medical student be the next generation of health care professionals, who are fully equipped with the necessary knowledge they need.

    Community outreach program

    The underlying mission of public health is to improve the conditions and behaviors that affect health so that all people can attain it. Public health education is one of the most effective methods to prevent diseases and promote health; delivering and effective message to the community has always been our primary concern in SCOPH, so we intent to reach 5000 members of the community for health education.

    Global surgery

    Global Surgery is a current hot topic on the global health agenda, and is part of IFMSA’s Program on Health Systems. More specifically, this field encompasses many of IFMSA’s Global External Focus Areas, being primary health care, humanitarian actions and sustainable workforce, among others.

    Given the widespread need for access to safe and affordable surgical, anesthetic and obstetric care, as well as the cost-effectiveness and growing awareness of the implementation thereof, this is the ideal time to act upon this cause.

    Anti TB campaign

    TB is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Sudan. We as medical students who believe that prevention is better than cure; we must build awareness about this disease and limit its spread.

    1. Health education:

    This campaign is designed to supply the

    community with the maximum knowledge about TB and all its aspects, covering university student and the community espisially

     highly venerable populations.

    2. World day celebration.

    Let’s talk – Sudan

    On 10 October 2016, World Mental Health Day, the WHO started the campaign “depression: let’s talk” with the main goal that more people with depression, in all countries, seek and get help.

    At the core of the campaign is the importance of talking about depression as a vital component of recovery. The stigma surrounding mental illness, including depression, remains a barrier to people seeking help throughout the world.

    Talking about depression, whether with a family member, friend or medical professional; in larger groups, for example in schools, the workplace and social settings; or in the public domain, in the news media, blogs or on social media, helps break down this stigma, ultimately leading to more people seeking help.

    We in the Standing committee on public health believe full heartedly in the message of this campaign and plan to work to achieve its main goal in abolishing the stigma surrounding depression and mental illness.

    ICOM campaign

    The IFMSA Campaign on Malaria (ICOM) aims to raise awareness and visibility on Malaria and its numerous threats, and hopes to establish a national strategy among medical students in Sudan to respond to its many challenges and motivate them to be involved in initiatives adopted against Malaria. Through gathering information, providing assistance, promoting anti-Malaria activities, organizing fundraising activities, providing manpower, establishing research initiatives and ultimately sharing success stories and challenges.

    Youth against tobacco

    Tobacco remains the leading cause of death in the community for many years and the number of tobacco users is in rapid increase, it is one of the risk factors for many diseases which affect the community, we need to stop tobacco prevalence. So As a social responsibility we need to work on raising community awareness about tobacco and to spread the truth about tobacco to create a world free of tobacco.