Call for Article submissions to the MSI 40

  1. Background: Call for Article submissions to the MSI 40.

  2. Important Information

    1. Sections: There will be 8 sections (Theme, RCA and 6 Standing Committee Sections)

    2. Theme of GA: “Science, Technology, and Innovation for Sustainable Health Care”

    3. Word Limit: 1500 words for Theme and 750 words for SC sections. Longer articles will not be accepted.

    4. Checklist: your submission needs to conform to the checklist contained in this email

    5. Rules of submission: to send to publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com with the proper coding and name of article.

  3. Submission Agreement: read and ensure that your submissions conform to it.

  4. Deadline: 1st June 2019, 23:59 PST

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Dear IFMSA members,

We hope that you are doing fine. With this email we would like to open the call for Article submissions to the Medical Students International Edition 40 (MSI 40). Please find the information below:

  1. Background: MSI is IFMSA’s biannual magazine, which focuses on global health perspective brought by medical students worldwide. It is published both in print and online, in relations to March and August General Assemblies, and each edition has a specific theme. Previous issues are available here.

  2. Content: the call will be open for all sections of the magazine, namely:

    1. August Meeting 2019 Theme: “Science, Technology, and Innovation for Sustainable Health Care” (max. 1500 words)

    2. Rex Crossley Awards Articles (to be selected by VPA in a separate call)

    3. Six Standing Committee sections (max 750 words)

      1. Standing Committee on Medical Education (SCOME)

      2. Standing Committee on Professional Exchange (SCOPE)

      3. Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH)

      4. Standing Committee on Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights incl. HIV&AIDS (SCORA)

      5. Standing Committee on Research Exchange (SCORE)

      6. Standing Committee on Human Rights & Peace (SCORP)

  3. Checklist: When submitting an article, please make sure to review the following checklist:

    1. Format & Length: Your article in Word or Google docs format. Please do not send in articles in PDF format. Please do not exceed the word limit.

    2. Image Quality: Images should be of high resolution (at least 300 dpi), in JPEG or PNG formats. Please do not insert images into the article files, but attach them separately to your email. You can send up to 3 images (excluding authors’ pictures)

    3. Data: Author’s full name and Local Committee. [max. 5 authors]

    4. Photo: Author’s head shot in high resolution (at least 300 dpi) and in JPEG or PNG formats. Up to 2 pictures of the main authors.

    5. References (if applicable): should respect the Vancouver style

  4. Deadline: 1st June 2019, 23.59 PST

  5. To Remember:

    1. Destination: send to publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com

    2. Subject Line: Add [MSI40] and [section name] depending on the section you would like it to be published under, followed by your full article name. You do not need to write anything else other than those things. Full list of section names:

      1. [Theme]

      2. [SCOME]

      3. [SCOPE]

      4. [SCOPH]

      5. [SCORA]

      6. [SCORE]

      7. [SCORP]

  6. Submissions Agreement:

    1. Submission does not guarantee that the articles and attached material will be accepted or published;

    2. Your submission will be screened to ensure that it meets minimum inclusion criteria. If it does, it may be reviewed by editors revising content to enhance its relevance, consistency, usability or to conform with IFMSA Publications standards;

    3. If your submission has more than one author, names of all co-authors will be featured in the magazine. However, only the headshots of the first two authors will be featured in the magazine due to space and layout limitations. Please take that into consideration and list authors in the order you’d like them to be featured in. A maximum of 5 authors is accepted;

    4. Write your references in Vancouver Style;

    5. Bear in mind the word limit of the article;

    6. IFMSA and IFMSA-Pakistan will not be held liable for any breach of copyright laws and the sender will be held responsible. When you submit any text or pictures, we will assume that you are the author and sole owner of the submitted material. We will also assume that you are giving MSI, IFMSA and IFMSA-Pakistan permission to use them for the purpose of publication and representation toward external partners.

    7. DISCLAIMER:

      By sending your submission, you may willingly providing your personal information (Name, LC, email, photography) to IFMSA and IFMSA-Pakistan. This information is only there to allow us to carry out the selection process and to publish the article in our outlets, and will not be used for any other purposes. The personal data provided will be stored until 30th October 2021, or anonymised in case of further storage. Your name and country will still be featured in the publication which is published online and shared with members. If you want us to remove your personal data before, you can request that by sending an email to publications.ifmsapakisatan@gmail.com. The personal data will be accessible by the IFMSA and IFMSA-Pakistan Teams of Officials and will be shared publicly through our magazine. The selected articles will be announced and featured in the related documents and emails. Not providing this information means your submission cannot be considered. If you would like to know more about how we manage your data, please visit ifmsa.org/privacy.

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question.

Posted in MSI

Call for Content Editors and Content Designers for INKPILL 2.0

Summary


Background: Call for three Content Editors (CE) and two Content Designers (CD) for INKPILL 2.0

What you need to do:

– Read the full content of the call

– For CE: Submit a Sample of Writing

– For CD: Submit Portfolio (Proof of Proficiency/past work using the InDesign program to create publications)

 

By following these requirements:

— Email to publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com
— Format of documents: Portable Document Format (PDF)
— Add [INKPILL EDIT] in front of your subject line, followed by your full name and LC

Deadline: 17th April 2019

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Dear LC Presidents,
Dear IFMSA members,


I hope that you are doing well.

This post serves as a call for content editors for the INKPILL 2.0

Please find the content of the message below:

Background: As has been the tradition for the past years, IFMSA-Pakistan publishes its official magazine – INKPILL – annually, and we are now beginning the production and distribution process of the upcoming edition.

Content Editors: Content Editors are people who will be responsible for reviewing articles that have been approved for publication to ensure that they meet the high standards we expect from an IFMSA-Pakistan publication. They will mostly be analyzing the articles’ semantics, ranging from its grammar, punctuation, spelling, all the way to ensuring the consistency of its quality. We are calling for 3 content editors.

 

Content Designers: Content Designers are people who will be responsible for designing the layout of INKPILL 2.0. With the InDesign program, you will be in charge of designing the proofread articles and compiling it to the final document that we will send to print and publish online. We will be calling for two designers at this moment.

 


Application Process:

Sample of Writing: must be no more than one page/750 words (only for Content Editor applicants)

Portfolio: At least 3 posters/documents/infographics (only for Content Designer applicants)


Submission: Email to publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com in .pdf format before the deadline. No late submissions will be considered.

Subject Line: [INKPILL EDIT] in front of your subject line, followed by your full name and LC


Deadline: 17th April 2019


Thank you for your attention!


Looking forward to reading your applications and counting on your support to ensure the words of medical students can have a suitable platform through INKPILL.



Warmest Regards,

 

Khair ul Barayya

PubSDD IFMSA-Pakistan

 

3rd Call for Article Submissions to INKPILL 2.0

Summary:

  1. Background: 3rd and final Call for Article Submissions to INKPILL 2.0

  2. Important Information

    1. Sections: There will be 7 sections (Theme, and 6 Standing Committee Sections)

    2. Theme of INKPILL 2.0: “Universal Health Care (UHC)”

    3. Word Limit: 1500 words for Theme and 750 words for SC sections

    4. Checklist: your submission needs to conform to the checklist contained in this blogpost

    5. Rules of submission: to send to publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com with the proper coding and name of article.

  3. Submission Agreement: read and ensure that your submissions conform to it.

  4. Deadline: 14th April 2019, 23:59 PST

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Dear LCs,

Dear members

We hope that you are doing fine. With this post we would like to reopen the call for Article submissions to INKPILL 2.0. Please find the information below:

  1. Background: INKPILL is our annual magazine, which focuses on health perspectives brought by activitites conducted by medical students across Pakistan. It is published online on issuu and our website. The previous issue is available here.

  2. Content: the call will be open for all sections of the magazine, namely:

    1. Theme: “Universal Health Care (UHC)” (max. 1500 words)

    2. Six Standing Committee sections (max 750 words)

      1. Standing Committee on Medical Education (SCOME)

      2. Standing Committee on Professional Exchange (SCOPE)

      3. Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH)

      4. Standing Committee on Sexual & Reproductive Health incl. HIV/AIDS (SCORA)

      5. Standing Committee on Research Exchange (SCORE)

      6. Standing Committee on Human Rights & Peace (SCORP)

  3. Checklist: When submitting an article, please make sure to review the following checklist:

    1. Format: Your article in Word or Google docs format. Please do not send in articles in PDF format

    2. Image Quality: Images should be of high resolution (at least 300 dpi), in JPEG or PNG formats. Please do not insert images into the article files, but attach them separately to your email

    3. Data: Author’s full name and LC. [max. 5 authors]

    4. Photo: Author’s head shot in high resolution (at least 300 dpi) and in JPEG or PNG formats

    5. References (if applicable): should respect the Vancouver style

  4. Deadline: 14th April 2019, 23.59 PST

  5. To Remember:

    1. Destination: send to publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com

    2. Subject Line: Add [INKPILL2.0] and [section name] depending on the section you would like it to be published under, followed by your full article name. You do not need to write anything else other than those things. Full list of section names:

      1. [Theme]

      2. [SCOME]

      3. [SCOPE]

      4. [SCOPH]

      5. [SCORA]

      6. [SCORE]

      7. [SCORP]

  6. Submissions Agreement:

    1. Submission does not guarantee that the articles and attached material will be accepted or published;

    2. Your submission will be screened to ensure that it meets minimum inclusion criteria. If it does, it may be reviewed by editors revising content to enhance its relevance, consistency, usability or to conform with IFMSA-Pakistan Publications standards;

    3. If your submission has more than one author, names of all co-authors will be featured in the magazine. However, only the headshots of the first two authors will be featured in the magazine due to space and layout limitations. Please take that into consideration and list authors in the order you’d like them to be featured in. A maximum of 5 authors is accepted;

    4. Write your references in Vancouver Style;

    5. IFMSA-Pakistan will not be held liable for any breach of copyright laws and the sender will be held responsible. When you submit any text or pictures, we will assume that you are the author and sole owner of the submitted material. We will also assume that you are giving INKPILL and IFMSA-Pakistan permission to use them for the purpose of publication and representation toward external partners.

    6. DISCLAIMER:

      By sending your submission, you may willingly providing your personal information (Name, LC, email, photography) to IFMSA-Pakistan. This information is only there to allow us to carry out the selection process and to publish the article in our outlets, and will not be used for any other purposes. The personal data provided will be stored until 13th August 2019, or anonymised in case of further storage. If you want us to remove your personal data before, you can request that by sending an email to publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com. The personal data will be accessible by the IFMSA-Pakistan Team of Officials and will be shared publicly through our magazine. The selected articles will be announced and featured in the related documents and emails. Not providing this information means your submission cannot be considered.

 

Should you require any help while writing the article or at any step of the process for the submission, please know that we are only an email away! Contact us at publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com

Call for Article Submissions to INKPILL 2.0

Summary:

  1. Background: Call for article submissions to INKPILL 2.0

  2. Important Information

    1. Sections: There will be 7 sections (Theme, and 6 Standing Committee Sections)

    2. Theme of INKPILL 2.0: “Universal Health Care (UHC)”

    3. Word Limit: 1500 words for Theme and 750 words for SC sections

    4. Checklist: your submission needs to conform to the checklist contained in this blogpost

    5. Rules of submission: to send to publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com with the proper coding and name of article.

  3. Submission Agreement: read and ensure that your submissions conform to it.

  4. Deadline: 31st March 2019, 23:59 PST

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Dear LCs,

Dear members

We hope that you are doing fine. With this post we would like to reopen the call for Article submissions to INKPILL 2.0. Please find the information below:

  1. Background: INKPILL is our annual magazine, which focuses on health perspectives brought by medical students across Pakistan. It is published online on issuu. The previous issue is available here.

  2. Content: the call will be open for all sections of the magazine, namely:

    1. Theme: “Universal Health Care (UHC)” (max. 1500 words)

    2. Six Standing Committee sections (max 750 words)

      1. Standing Committee on Medical Education (SCOME)

      2. Standing Committee on Professional Exchange (SCOPE)

      3. Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH)

      4. Standing Committee on Sexual & Reproductive Health incl. HIV/AIDS (SCORA)

      5. Standing Committee on Research Exchange (SCORE)

      6. Standing Committee on Human Rights & Peace (SCORP)

  3. Checklist: When submitting an article, please make sure to review the following checklist:

    1. Format: Your article in Word or Google docs format. Please do not send in articles in PDF format

    2. Image Quality: Images should be of high resolution (at least 300 dpi), in JPEG or PNG formats. Please do not insert images into the article files, but attach them separately to your email

    3. Data: Author’s full name and LC. [max. 5 authors]

    4. Photo: Author’s head shot in high resolution (at least 300 dpi) and in JPEG or PNG formats

    5. References (if applicable): should respect the Vancouver style

  4. Deadline: 31st March 2019, 23.59 PST

  5. To Remember:

    1. Destination: send to publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com

    2. Subject Line: Add [INKPILL2.0] and [section name] depending on the section you would like it to be published under, followed by your full article name. You do not need to write anything else other than those things. Full list of section names:

      1. [Theme]

      2. [SCOME]

      3. [SCOPE]

      4. [SCOPH]

      5. [SCORA]

      6. [SCORE]

      7. [SCORP]

  6. Submissions Agreement:

    1. Submission does not guarantee that the articles and attached material will be accepted or published;

    2. Your submission will be screened to ensure that it meets minimum inclusion criteria. If it does, it may be reviewed by editors revising content to enhance its relevance, consistency, usability or to conform with IFMSA-Pakistan Publications standards;

    3. If your submission has more than one author, names of all co-authors will be featured in the magazine. However, only the headshots of the first two authors will be featured in the magazine due to space and layout limitations. Please take that into consideration and list authors in the order you’d like them to be featured in. A maximum of 5 authors is accepted;

    4. Write your references in Vancouver Style;

    5. IFMSA-Pakistan will not be held liable for any breach of copyright laws and the sender will be held responsible. When you submit any text or pictures, we will assume that you are the author and sole owner of the submitted material. We will also assume that you are giving INKPILL and IFMSA-Pakistan permission to use them for the purpose of publication and representation toward external partners.

    6. DISCLAIMER:

      By sending your submission, you may willingly providing your personal information (Name, LC, email, photography) to IFMSA-Pakistan. This information is only there to allow us to carry out the selection process and to publish the article in our outlets, and will not be used for any other purposes. The personal data provided will be stored until 13th August 2019, or anonymised in case of further storage. If you want us to remove your personal data before, you can request that by sending an email to publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com. The personal data will be accessible by the IFMSA-Pakistan Team of Officials and will be shared publicly through our magazine. The selected articles will be announced and featured in the related documents and emails. Not providing this information means your submission cannot be considered.

 

Should you require any help while writing the article or at any step of the process for the submission, please know that we are only an email away! Contact us at publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com

Report of National Vision for Surgical Care (NVSC) 2025

5 billion people lack access to safe and affordable anesthesia and surgical care resulting in over 17 million preventable deaths each year and further responsible for one-third (28-32%) of the global burden of disease. To scale up access to safe surgical, anesthetical and obstetric care for all especially in a lower-middle income country like Pakistan, inclusion of health professionals, public health specialists and policymakers is necessary to address the disparities.

For this purpose, the ministry of National Health Services Pakistan and Indus Hospital Network collaborated to hold a joint stakeholder conference in Islamabad on November 16th and 17th, 2018. The conference was attended by the federal ministries, provincial government departments, local and international surgeons, anesthetists and obstetricians. A steering committee of 25 local and international experts guided the process. The steering committee was chaired by Dr. Safi Malik, Director Programs-MONHSRC and Dr. Sania Nishtar, President Heartfile.

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This was the first time a conference of this kind was held in Pakistan. Titled National Vision for Surgical Care (NVSC) 2025, the event was an effort to gather the experts from all concerned sectors to create a roadmap for strengthening surgical facilities in Pakistan. Apart from the local stakeholders, among the speakers were Dr John Maera from the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Walt Johnson from the WHO’s Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC) and Adrian Gelb, board member at the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA).

Pakistan a lower middle income country has an estimated 16.9 million deaths from surgically preventable diseases each year which includes 187 deaths per 100,000 people from surgical conditions compared to 164 per 100,000 attributed to all infectious diseases combined. Despite the popular opinion that surgical facilities are expensive to provide, research has shown that it is cost effective in the long run.

Through this initiative Pakistan has become the first country to embark on the National Surgical, Obstetric and Anesthesia Planning (NSOAP) in Asia. The planning will be led by Ministry of Health and Indus Hospital Network with the expertise provided by the Harvard PGGSSC and WHO that has successfully helped create and enforce the individualized plans in other countries in Africa including Rwanda, Zambia and Tanzania. The plan will provide a comprehensive framework to strengthen the surgical system in the country in terms of infrastructure, technical expertise and service delivery. It will also engage the stakeholders from grassroot level to promote and ensure evaluation for safer surgical practices in the country.

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IFMSA-Pakistan Global Surgery National Working Group was honored to be invited to participate and assist in the logistical capacity. The Working Group which has been involved in advocacy and education regarding Global Surgery  was represented by Zainab Majoka (Fauji Foundation Medical College), Behram Khan (Punjab Medical College) and Maryam Ali Khan (CMH Lahore Medical College). The conference participants recognized and reinforced the role students and young doctors can play in improving surgical access in the country. Presence in the conference hence reaffirms IFMSA-Pakistan’s ideology of bringing positive change in the health sector of the country. IFMSA-Pakistan’s presence also ensures that youth will now have more opportunities to get involved in advocacy and research in Global Surgery in the very near future! 

 

Call for Article Submission to the MSI 39

  1. Background: Call for article submissions to the MSI 39.

  2. Important Information

    1. Sections: There will be 8 sections (Theme, RCA and 6 Standing Committee Sections)

    2. Theme of GA: “Gender in Health Care”

    3. Word Limit: 1500 words for Theme and 750 words for SC sections

    4. Checklist: your submission needs to conform to the checklist contained in this email

    5. Rules of submission: to send to publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com with the proper coding and name of article.

  3. Submission Agreement: read and ensure that your submissions conform to it.

  4. Deadline: 30th December 2018, 23:59 GMT

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Dear members and IFMSA-Pakistan family,

We hope that you are doing fine. With this post we would like to open the call for Article submissions to the Medical Students International Edition 39 (MSI 39). Please find the information below:

  1. Background: MSI is IFMSA’s biannual magazine, which focuses on global health perspective brought by medical students worldwide. It is published both in print and online, in relations to March and August General Assemblies, and each edition has a specific theme. Previous issues are available here.

  2. Content: the call will be open for all sections of the magazine, namely:

    1. March Meeting 2019 Theme: “Gender in Health Care” (max. 1500 words)

    2. Rex Crossley Awards Articles (to be selected by VPA in a separate call)

    3. Six Standing Committee sections (max 750 words)

      1. Standing Committee on Medical Education (SCOME)

      2. Standing Committee on Professional Exchange (SCOPE)

      3. Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH)

      4. Standing Committee on Sexual & Reproductive Health incl. HIV/AIDS (SCORA)

      5. Standing Committee on Research Exchange (SCORE)

      6. Standing Committee on Human Rights & Peace (SCORP)

  3. Checklist: When submitting an article, please make sure to review the following checklist:

    1. Format: Your article in Word or Google docs format. Please do not send in articles in PDF format

    2. Image Quality: Images should be of high resolution (at least 300 dpi), in JPEG or PNG formats. Please do not insert images into the article files, but attach them separately to your email

    3. Data: Author’s full name and NMO. [max. 5 authors]

    4. Photo: Author’s head shot in high resolution (at least 300 dpi) and in JPEG or PNG formats

    5. References (if applicable): should respect the Vancouver style

  4. Deadline: 30th December 2018, 23.59 GMT

  5. To Remember:

    1. Destination: send to publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com

    2. Subject Line: Add [MSI39] and [section name] depending on the section you would like it to be published under, followed by your full article name. You do not need to write anything else other than those things. Full list of section names:

      1. [Theme]

      2. [SCOME]

      3. [SCOPE]

      4. [SCOPH]

      5. [SCORA]

      6. [SCORE]

      7. [SCORP]

  6. Submissions Agreement:

    1. Submission does not guarantee that the articles and attached material will be accepted or published;

    2. Your submission will be screened to ensure that it meets minimum inclusion criteria. If it does, it may be reviewed by editors revising content to enhance its relevance, consistency, usability or to conform with IFMSA Publications standards;

    3. If your submission has more than one author, names of all co-authors will be featured in the magazine. However, only the headshots of the first two authors will be featured in the magazine due to space and layout limitations. Please take that into consideration and list authors in the order you’d like them to be featured in. A maximum of 5 authors is accepted;

    4. Write your references in Vancouver Style;

    5. IFMSA will not be held liable for any breach of copyright laws and the sender will be held responsible. When you submit any text or pictures, we will assume that you are the author and sole owner of the submitted material. We will also assume that you are giving MSI and IFMSA permission to use them for the purpose of publication and representation toward external partners.

    6. DISCLAIMER:

      By sending your submission, you may willingly providing your personal information (Name, NMO, email, photography) to IFMSA. This information is only there to allow us to carry out the selection process and to publish the article in our outlets, and will not be used for any other purposes. The personal data provided will be stored until 30th October 2020, or anonymised in case of further storage. If you want us to remove your personal data before, you can request that by sending an email to vpprc@ifmsa.org or ifmsapakistan@ifmsa.org. The personal data will be accessible by the IFMSA Team of Officials and IFMSA-Pakistan and will be shared publicly through their magazine. The selected articles will be announced and featured in the related documents and emails. Not providing this information means your submission cannot be considered. If you would like to know more about how we manage your data, please visit ifmsa.org/privacy.

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions, and please do not hesitate to contact us at publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com if you have any question.

Call for Articles: MSI-38

Dear members!

We hope that you are doing fine. With this email we would like to open the call for Article submissions to the Medical Students International Edition 38 (MSI 38). Please find the information below:

  1. Background: MSI is our biannual magazine, which focuses on global health perspective brought by medical students worldwide. It is published both in print and online, in relations to March and August General Assemblies, and each edition has a specific theme. Previous issues are available here.

  2. Content: the call will be open for all sections of the magazine, namely:

    1. August Meeting 2018 Theme: “Social accountability and health beyond the hospital” (max. 1500 words)

    2. Six Standing Committee sections (max 750 words)

      1. Standing Committee on Medical Education (SCOME)

      2. Standing Committee on Professional Exchange (SCOPE)

      3. Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH)

      4. Standing Committee on Sexual & Reproductive Health incl. HIV/AIDS (SCORA)

      5. Standing Committee on Research Exchange (SCORE)

      6. Standing Committee on human Rights & Peace (SCORP)

  3. Checklist: When submitting an article, please make sure to review the following checklist:

    1. Format: Your article in Word or Google docs format. Please do not send in articles in PDF format

    2. Image Quality: Images should be of high resolution (at least 300 dpi), in JPEG or PNG formats. Please do not insert images into the article files, but attach them separately to your email

    3. Data: Author’s full name and NMO.

    4. Photo: Author’s head shot in high resolution (at least 300 dpi) and in JPEG or PNG formats

    5. References (if applicable)

  4. Deadline: 24 May 2018, 23.59 GMT

  5. To Remember:

    1. Destination: send to Publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com

    2. Subject Line: Add [MSI38] and [section name] depending on the section you would like it to be published under, followed by your full article name. You do not need to write anything else other than those things. Full list of section names:

      1. [Theme]

      2. [SCOME]

      3. [SCOPE]

      4. [SCOPH]

      5. [SCORA]

      6. [SCORE]

      7. [SCORP]

  6. Submissions Agreement:

    1. Submission does not guarantee that the articles and attached material will be accepted or published;

    2. Your submission will be screened to ensure that it meets minimum inclusion criteria. If it does, it may be reviewed by editors revising content to enhance its relevance, consistency, usability or to conform with IFMSA Publications standards;

    3. If your submission has more than one author, names of all co-authors will be featured in the magazine. However, only the headshots of the first two authors will be featured in the magazine due to space and layout limitations. Please take that into consideration and list authors in the order you’d like them to be featured in;

    4. IFMSA will not be held liable for any breach of copyright laws and the sender will be held responsible. When you submit any text or pictures, we will assume that you are the author and sole owner of the submitted material. We will also assume that you are giving MSI and IFMSA permission to use them for the purpose of publication and representation toward external partners.

 

That is all the information that we would like to convey through this email. We are looking forward to receiving your contributions, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question.

Malaria an old foe: Wrecking havoc across each continent!

According to the latest WHO estimates, there were 214 million cases of malaria in 2015 and 438,000 deaths. About 3.2 billion people are at risk of malaria, with children and pregnant women particularly vulnerable. This life threatening disease makes one experience high grade fever with chills and rigors, flu – like illness and deterioration of health taking the lives of even the people in the limelight like Lord Byron, Oliver Cromwell and David Livingston.

Rampant in the humid and tropical terrain, the infected female Anopheles mosquito, also known as malaria vectors, infect people by injecting the  Plasmodium parasite that enters the bloodstream of the human host and lodges in the liver where it multiplies almost 10,000 times. After two weeks, it infects the red blood cells where the parasite replicates and invades other red blood cells till they are taken up by the mosquito of same kind to complete the sexual phase. Thus the infectivity continues after the next blood meal.

With almost 1.5 million reported cases every year, malaria has re-emerged as a major cause of morbidity in Pakistan. Pakistan has been categorized in the Group 3 countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region accounting for 95% of the total regional malaria burden. Unfortunately, rural areas with poor sanitation facilities and flood-affected areas are at greatest risk.

The establishment of an effective malarial control program is necessary as its prevalence is hindering socioeconomic development in our region. Strategies based on the global and regional malaria control and elimination initiative have been put into place by the local health authorities of Pakistan and the WHO.

Roll Back Malaria (RBM) initiative has been started by WHO, UNICEF, UNDP and the World Bank aiming to reduce the malaria burden by 75% in high and moderate endemic regions. Multiple prevention measures including promotion of use of insecticide treated bed nets and targeted use of residual insecticide spraying were part of its key elements.

Increased prevention and control measures have led to a 60% reduction in mortality rates globally since year 2000. However WHO aims to bring down the cases to 90% by year 2030.

Indeed the road to elimination is tough, and demands well calibrated responsive policies. But with the use of interventional approaches like mobile malaria clinics; effective surveillance; community participation and health education; mobilized popular support for the 2016 campaigns in Sri Lanka and it became the second country in the WHO South- East Asia Region to eliminate malaria after Maldives and Morocco was declared free of malaria in 2015 amongst Eastern Mediterranean Region while the rest of included countries reported minimum/imported cases with no local transmission.

 

Authors: Afnan Talat, Nayab Munir, Aleena Khan

Reviewed and edited by: Khizra Imran

Menstrual Health and Hygiene Project: MMDC & QAMC-LC

Menstruation is a regular monthly discharge of the blood and the mucosal tissue from the inner lining of uterus through vagina. When periods (menstruation) come regularly, this is called the menstrual cycle. Having regular menstrual cycles is a sign that important parts of your body are working normally. The menstrual cycle provides important body chemicals, called hormones, to keep you healthy. It also prepares your body for pregnancy each month. A cycle is counted from the first day of 1 period to the first day of the next period. The average menstrual cycle is 28 days long. Cycles can range anywhere from 21 to 35 days in adults and from 21 to 45 days in young teens.

  • 52% of the female population, 26% of the total population is of reproductive age.
  • 5-15% of women have abnormal menstrual cycle globally
  • 3 out of 10 girls are unaware of the menstrual hygiene
  • 90% of the girls miss out their school on average every month
  • 23% girls aged 11-18 drop out due to lack of sanitary supplies, fear of staining.
  • 79% of Pakistani women don’t manage the periods hygienically

Menarche is considered as one of the most important changes occurring in girls during adolescent years. In most societies, menarche is an indication of developing sexuality in a girl.  However, a  substantial  body  of  literature  suggests that menarche  and  menstruation  are  mainly  negatively perceived and experienced by  girls. Amongst many reasons for this negative perception, one is that menarche conveys conflicting societal messages. While  on  one  hand it  represents  the beginning of womanhood and sexuality, on the other hand, girls of this age are seen as too young to be sexually active  Other negative perceptions are related to being vulnerable and susceptible to  different  illnesses, and  to feelings  of  disgust  and  shame. Burrow study showed that girls expressed   largely   negative   views,   viewing   menstruation   as   embarrassing,   shameful and something to be hidden.

In many parts of the world, menstruation is also stigmatized.  This is  common  in low socioeconomic squatter  settlements  of  Karachi,  Pakistan  where  this  study  was conducted. This stigma is based on traditional beliefs that menstruating women are impure and on society’s unwillingness to discuss it as a normal event. Therefore, when adolescents are not able to share their experience menstruation becomes something shameful for them. These views, in turn, have implications for how girls manage menstruation.

Menstrual health and hygiene is critical to be taught to ensure healthy lives. This project of “Menstrual health and hygiene” was conducted in the school of Multan (Allied school). Girls of age 13-15 were included in this project to be given the awareness regarding the health, diet, sanitation, disorders related to menstruation. They were showed the ways as to how one can manage the pain, take care of the hygiene and not miss out their schools when experience menstruation. The staff also attended the session and asked us about the management of the pain. To this we explained the various methods the school can provide to the girls who are in their menstruating phase. The activity of “breaking the silence” was conducted in which we encouraged the girls to talk about the menstruation and we broke the taboo by conducting the “ Breaking the Myths” which involved various myths that were broken regarding diet, exercise, sleep, drinking etc.

The session was ended by providing the menstrual kit to the girls and having a question answer session with them to have a more clear view of the hygienic status. The kits included sanitary pads, soap and the guideline for maintaining cleanliness and preventing infection during menstruation.

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The questionnaires were handed over to the girls. 54% of the girls said that menstrual bleeding doesn’t affect their social or athletic life. 96% girls perceive menstruation as a positive sign. Pain scale of the menstruation, 33% suffers from moderate pain and 36% from severe pain while 18% from no pain. When asked whether they would take greater care of menstrual hygiene after the session, 98% responded with a yes. 70% of the girls thought that this session improved their knowledge on menstrual health and hygiene while 30% thought they’ve learnt a few new things.

A post evaluation video was made where girls expressed how much knowledge they gained plus the misconceptions cleared from the seminar.

Link To The Post Evaluation Video:

https://www.facebook.com/qamc.ifmsapakistan/videos/366802477155803

References:

Activity Reported by: Fatima Anwar

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