Excited about the Sub-Regional Training?: Just a little BTS update

Of all the things, IFMSA Pakistan is planning to bring to you this year, Sub-Regional Training is going to be the big hit of the year. Bringing an international training session to Pakistan takes a-lot of hard-work on our part and one of the latest demonstration of this untiring efforts was yesterday’s first live meeting of the Cabinet of IFMSA Pakistan, Brainstorming with our proactive TSDD Aqsa Shafique to bring the best for you.

If you have some input regarding SRTs, you are more than welcome otherwise your support means alot to us!

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P.S. Taking this photo was very risky!

“VANI” (Voice) Magazine from Medical Students Association of INDIA Calls for Articles Internationally this year!

Greetings from Medical Students Association of India!

MSAI-India, the nation’s first and largest medical students organisation caters to a country of 1.2 billion people. Every year, we publish our official magazine, MSAI Vani. “Vani”, a Sanskrit term, literally translates to “voice”; and to justify its name, the magazine has helped medical students from across the nation voice their opinions and thoughts to the community.

This year, we encourage our peers from across the globe to come and participate in this noble initiative. Submissions can be in the form of articles, photographs or artwork. The links for submissions are given below. Submissions must be in accordance with any of our themes, as follows:

  1. Medicine Around the World (Special International Segment)
  2. ​Caution! Minds At Work
  3. A Change of Palate
  4. Tales of Crumbling Concrete

About the Special International Theme
As curious minds, we’d like to know how medicine is–in the past, present, and future–in your country! Do tell us about what it expresses, what it is unique for, what it lacks, and what it is proud of! As the world comes closer to become a global village, join us in this initiative to bring the best of healthcare for one and all!

To know more about the themes, read: https://goo.gl/AJKQhn

Submissions should be sent to publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com by 18th February 2018


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Menstrual Health and Hygiene Project: QAMC LC

  • image152% of female population, 26% of total population is of reproductive age , whereas talking about menstruation is considered a subject of shame and taboo.
  • 5-15% of women of reproductive age globally, have abnormal menstrual cycle globally.
  • 3 out of 10 girls are unaware of menstrual hygiene
  • 90% of girls miss 1-5 days of school on average every month due to their period.
  • 23% girls aged 11-18 drop out due to lack of sanitary supplies, fear of staining,

Menstruation, a natural process in women’s life needs special care from physical and psychological point of view. Negligence in menstrual hygiene can result in biological disorders for example different sorts of infections but unfortunately awareness concerning this area of life is not highlighted due to socio-cultural trends of our society. In present age menstrual hygiene needs more attention because of rapidly increasing active participation of females in different walks of life. One of the main reasons behind the issue is that menstruation is considered in many societies including Pakistan a hidden and secret issue. It is not openly discussed between mother and daughter. In many cultures menstruation is being perceived as unclean and embarrassing and also believed that it must remain hidden in communication. There is lack of adequate knowledge and proper facilities for menstrual waste management. Girls belonging to low income class and less educated families, don’t know how to dispose off sanitary material properly especially in time of immediate need. The focus on menstrual hygiene management is an essential part of promoting hygiene and sanitation amongst adolescent girls and
women who constitute approximately 45 per cent of the total female population. Menstrual hygiene promotion will be an indirect support to gender equality, national development, high literacy rate and MDGs accomplishment.

Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management is critical to be taught to achieve the Sustainable Developmental Goals 3, 4 , 5 , 6 , 8 and 12 to ensure healthy lives, inclusive quality education, gender quality, sustained availability of sanitation, economic growth and sustained consumption and production respectively. “Menstrual Health and Hygiene” project was conducted in two Governement Girls institutes of Bahawalpur. Girls of age 14-16 were given information on proper management of menstruation, various disorder, health and dietary reccomendations related to menstruation. They were guided on simple ways to ease the pain so they can actively participate in daily life activities. The topics of dangers of unsanitary habits and complete hygiene guideline were covered during the sessions. They were taught how to precisely measure the expected date of your next period to prevent accidents and emergencies. An activity ‘ Let’s Break the Myths” was conducted in which we asked the teenage girls to tell us about the myths about mentruation they have believed to be true. These myths were broken down as per no scientific evidence.

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At the end of the session the girls were distributed a “hygiene kit”. The kit had mestrual flow absorbents, sanitary soaps and a hygiene manual. The manual had complete healthcare and sanitary guideline required to maintain cleanliness and prevent infections during menstruation.

To evaluate the impact of our project, quesstionnaires were filled out byt the girls which indicated that more than 87% of the audience benefited from the knowledge provided. Several misconceptions and taboos surrounding the topic were cleared. The girls who attended the seminar were advised to spread the useful knowledge to their female friends and relatives so the impact of our project would be increased. The project also included a a promotional video to spread the awareness to medical students about the importance of discussing menstrual health and hygiene through Ifmsa – Pakistan pages. Medical Students from different colleges participated in the video and expressed their views on why talking about mentruation is critical for female health.

Link to video : Menstrual health and hygiene: QAMC-LC

Activity Reported by: Ayesha Siddiqua 

Activity Coordinators : Ayesha Siddiqua, Haniya Waseem, Tabeer Warraich .


Mother Care and Pregnancy Diet Plan: QAMC-LC

Pakistan is a developing country, there are a lot of issues going all around this country that require attention. One of those issues is “Mother-Care and Pregnancy Diet plan”. Most of the population of this country is illiterate and that goes for females especially those of child bearing age. In some areas educating women is still considered immoral which leads to the fact that they know nothing about the proper diet they should take during pregnancy for the healthy growth of their baby.

Riaz Baig (LORE QAMC-LC) conducted an awareness seminar in Nagar, Gilgit on “Mother Care and Pregnancy Diet Plan”. Lady health workers and local female students of child bearing age attended the seminar. Special lectures were given by Dr. Azmat Riaz (Gynaecologist) and Dr. Sakina (Gynaecologist) to the participants.


The activity was undertaken on the fact that women there have zero knowledge about the pregnancy diet plan. If some new born there had some birth defect they considered it a “Curse” from God because of their deeds.

The local population there believes more in Lady health officers rather than the doctor; therefore, special lectures were delivered to them so that they could help more in the matter.

The activity comprised of following events:

  • Pamphlets were distributed to women there which contained description of all the necessary elements required by the body during pregnancy for the healthy growth of child.
  • A Panel was also created for helping LHV’s so they could contact the workers at any time regarding the problem.
  • A Questionnaire was also circulated among the women attending the seminar asking how beneficial the session was and if they promise to spread the knowledge they received among those who weren’t there.

The youth of today is tomorrow of our society that’s why attendance of young college girls was made sure to deliver the essential message the project was aimed to.

The effectiveness of project was assessed through positive response from the participants to questionnaire distributed afterwards.

Activity Reported by: Abdul Mateen

Editor and Assistant Director, PubSD, IFMSA Pakistan

Prevention of Common Cold!

Cold and flu season is upon us. It’s always better to take small easy steps of prevention than actually going through the sickness and  pain. Here are a few tips that will help you and people around you from getting cold and flu

Wash Your Hands

You’ve heard it many times before, but washing your hands is the single most important way to stop the spread of colds. According to the CDC, about 80% of infectious diseases are spread by touch — the cold germs get on the hands and from there into the eyes and mouth. Look at it this way: you can’t keep cold germs out of your house. But if you keep everybody’s hands clean, they’ll be much less likely to get sick.

Don’t Smoke

Cigarette smoke can irritate the airways and increase susceptibility to colds and other infections. Even exposure to passive smoke can make you (or your children) more vulnerable to colds.

Use disposable items

Use disposable items if someone in your family is infected. Disposable cups can be thrown away after each use and prevent accidental spread of the virus from sharing of cups or glasses. This is particularly important if you have young children who may try to drink from others’ cups.

Keep household surfaces clean

Door knobs, drawer pulls, keyboards, light switches, telephones, remote controls, countertops, and sinks can all harbor viruses for hours after their use by an infected person. Wipe these surfaces frequently with soap and water or a disinfectant solution.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

While there isn’t direct evidence to show that eating well or exercising can prevent colds, maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, with adequate sleep, good nutrition and physical exercise can help ensure that your immune system is in good condition and ready to fight infection if it occurs.

Control stress

Studies have shown that people experiencing emotional stress have weakened immune systems and are more likely to catch a cold than their calmer counterparts.

Prevent the Spread of the Flu by Avoiding Germ-Infested Spaces

Another way to decrease the amount of germs you are sharing with your surroundings is to go outside. Make your surroundings bigger and give your germs and other people’s germs some space. When you are in a tight, closed space, germs are just hanging around. Avoid spending a lot of time in cramped areas.


Additional Tips

  • Use paper towels in the kitchen and bathroom for hand washing. Germs can live for several hours on cloth towels. Alternatively, have separate towels for each family member and provide a clean one for guests.
  • Throw tissues away after use. Used tissues are sources of virus that can contaminate any surface where they are left.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially the nose, mouth, and eye areas, if you are around someone with a cold or have been touching surfaces in a public area.
  • When you can’t immediately get to a washroom hand sanitizers are a great substitute to keep on hand.
  • Stay at home while you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with others, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands
  • Move away from people before coughing or sneezing

We Hope and wish that you don’t catch cold this season and you can help others by sharing this so that others don’t get sick either.

Article by: Anna Imtiaz (Assistant Director and Blog Manager)

Publications Support Division, IFMSA Pakistan

Flu Poster

Call for articles: MSI-37

Dear IFMSA Pakistan family,

I am very pleased to announce that the first call for article submissions to the Medical Students International Edition 37 (MSI 37) is now open!

MSI is our biannual magazine, which focuses on global health perspectives brought by medical students worldwide. It is published both in print and online, in relation to the March and August General Assemblies, and each edition has a specific theme. Previous issues are available at: http://goo.gl/LpwMxE.

The call will be open for all sections of the magazine:

  • March Meeting 2018 Theme “Action towards Global Epidemics & Outbreak” (max 1500 words)

  • Six Standing Committee sections (max 750 words)

    • Standing Committee on Medical Education (SCOME)

    • Standing Committee on Professional Exchange (SCOPE)

    • Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH)

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

    • Standing Committee on Research Exchange (SCORE)

    • Standing Committee on human Rights & Peace (SCORP)

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

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

  • 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

  • Data: Author’s full name and NMO.

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

  • References (if applicable)


Deadline for submission: December 20th, 2017 @ 23:59 GMT.

All elements must be sent to: Publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com (Please don’t forget to add [MSI37] in the subject of the e-mail)


Submission agreements:

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

  • 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;

  • 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;

  • 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.


We are looking forward to receiving your contributions! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any question.

Veterans- Learn, to love thyself!

No joke – med life is hard.
And any Muggle would be very tempted to ask “why choose it and put your life in more distress than is humanely handle-able?”

Well, for some of us, this is simply a matter of parental choice that breaks no arguments. But for those (like me) who chose the constant adrenaline rush, there’s an unimaginable thrill in saving a life.
Medicine is no easy profession, it’s the hardest of them all. But there is no holier job to do than to save a life. Each day, to let fresh breath to a man dying of suffocation, to give a heartbeat to someone who flat-lined, to hear a newborn cry in it’s mother’s arms, gives intoxicating happiness; it is our rejoice.

As a matter of fact however, I haven’t yet saved a single life. For two years, I haven’t made a House M.D. diagnosis on a proper live patient or performed some miraculous life-saving emergency Code Black procedure. Honestly, I have just memorized the courses and extents of more nerves and blood vessels than I can count and learnt hundreds of physiological and pathological phenomenon, but I haven’t yet used them anywhere- all to no avail. And I am sure it’s the same for almost all second year medical students.

So sometimes, it starts to get frustrating when it feels useless and pretty stupid to study all these books, memorize thousands of terms, spend countless hours learning the anatomy of abdomen without seeing the chance of putting a scalpel on one any time soon, to know exactly what gait a person with cerebellar ataxia would have but not having one such patient walk into my fantasy clinic.

To me, the biggest anguish of a second year medical student lies in not being given the chance to be the angel that wards off death, considered skillful enough to use the magical healing powers in his hand, and deemed competent enough to at least be allowed to call himself a doctor- the chosen one.

In these times, I ask myself, “All this for passing these never-ending exams?” And there’s this voice that resonates in the cranial cavity in response: “For more to come, for the thrill of it”. And there is no greater satisfaction than in knowing the meaning of these nine words for they hold so much depth that I can’t possible explain however-much I widen their breadth. But to give you a path to make the anguish easier on you, I shall try for your sake.

Imagine reading a fantasy novel, giving in to it, and letting it take you into a parallel universe where you are the characters of that book and you can “feel what they feel”. Very similarly, if you read a medical textbook like it’s the story of you, you will enter an alternate dimension deep within your soul. A new aura of learning surrounds you, engulfs you. Your reading of the book is no longer a daydream, it is knowledge of self.

When reading a medical textbook, you are exploring the human body – God’s most complex creation – and making friends with yourself. You make friends with new anatomies. You make friends with the beauties you see under the microscope. You know that it’s not just some patient you are going to see years later; it’s you, here and now. You can almost glimpse the soul of the person who’s body you are doing some spotting or dissection on. You familiarize yourself with your liver, you get to know what your hepatocytes look like, what they do. You learn how your body moves, how you talk, how you think all this genius stuff. And the best part is that you know that you are not just making new concepts, that its not just clustered words out of a textbook in your head, its beautiful new synaptic connections and neural pathways, its birth to new chemicals. You can see the marvel of this creation and you can see in yourself every fragment of it. And when this happens, you feel this sense of belonging, as a wave of serotonin washes over you.

Medicine is not all about curing dying people. Sometimes, it has to be about looking into a mirror and learning what no piece of glass or criticism could ever teach you. Sometimes it is a way to your salvation. Sometimes it is the beginning of a new you, the learned you who knows itself. Sometimes the prospect of doing what you are best at and excited for must wait for the sake of learning mankind’s ultimate lesson: patience. And sometimes for becoming the excellent you must first learn what is waiting out there for us all to be learnt- humility.

Written by: Khair ul Barayya

Assistant Director and Editor Publications support division director

We as medical students go through a lot, A LOT of stuff. Veterans is an initiative, taken by IFMSA Pakistan Publications support division, to make all the medical students realize that they are not alone and to share experiences that may help someone. If you think your experience can help someone, don’t wait a second, pen it down and send it to us on Publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com because every one of us is worthy of being helped and almost of all of us need it at sometime. Share before it’s too late for someone.

Veterans: PROFs will end like every other rainy season

We as medical students go through a lot, A LOT of stuff. Veterans is an initiative, taken by IFMSA Pakistan Publications support division, to make all the medical students realize that they are not alone and to share experiences that may help someone. If you think your experience can help someone, don’t wait a second, pen it down and send it to us on Publications.ifmsapakistan@gmail.com because every one of us is worthy of being helped and almost of all of us need it at sometime. Share before it’s too late for someone.

‘Life is beautiful!’ something which a med student never says but yeah it is. I
totally agree the never-ending stress of this field can make us indifferent to the
beautiful world around us but there’s a solution to every problem like there’s a
medicine for every ailment. I know my solution won’t help you but it might
give you some perspective. Life is a rollercoaster, it is exciting and fearful at
the same time but you would want to do it all again once the rollercoaster
Let’s talk about profs (just the thought of it gives u jitters doesn’t it!) If
someone would put prof synonymous to extreme stress in a dictionary then I
wouldn’t disagree. We might know where the two hundred and six bones in
our body are and what a neuron comprises of! but to deal with stress is
something we are not good at. My personal experience may shed some light
on this matter. My 1 st prof, I couldn’t sleep at night totally lost, consumed by stress. I coped with never ending fear of failure through the warm and mellow words of
various books and articles which I used to read. The thing I realized after
reading one was that they take you to an alternate world where you become
part of what you are reading and every other thing including stress vanishes,
which brings a change to your thoughts and all that you feel is a relaxed state
of mind. You are introduced to the new world, you get to meet other people,
you get to know them and most importantly you get to feel what they are
feeling which takes all your worries away. Reading is a metaphor for all the
things that make you smile, laugh and even cry sometimes!

I am not saying neglect your studies…Work hard; harder than you ever have but don’t lose hope. Don’t fall into the dark pit of depression. You are precious. Make sure to channelize your stress into something positive that will make you a better, stronger and more efficient person. Take a break, do something you love and chop chop, back to work again. Give yourself a little credit, you have made it this far. I just want to say don’t beat yourself up, it’s only an exam and you’ll have to face many more in the coming year, you might not succeed in all of them but that won’t define you, they never do! Just take a deep breath and for once do something that makes you happy. In the words of Bruce Wayne, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”.

Written by: Abdul Mateen

Assistant Director Publications Support Division



IFMSA Pakistan making its mark in the European Sting!

Read as Humna Tayyab from KEMU-LC and Ayesha Zahid from SIMS-LC pinned another laurel on the shoulder of IFMSA Pakistan. Read as both of the writers express their views about studying medicine abroad in their own unique and eloquent styles in a magazine affiliated with IFMSA “The European Sting”.

Medical students: The need for emigration by Humna Tayyab



Why do medical students need to emigrate to become doctors in 2017? by Ayesha Zahid


A big kudos to both of you for representing IFMSA Pakistan at an international level. Publications support division and IFMSA Pakistan is proud of you and is looking forward to contributions from you in the future…

MSI-36 is out and IFMSA Pakistan is Proud!

IFMSA Pakistan is  feeling proud to add another feather to its cap by announcing that not one or two, but four articles are published in the official magazine of IFMSA “Medical Students International” 36th edition.

Congratulations to Humna Tayyab, Manaqibb Zain Ali Khan, Mahnoor Mohydin and Bilal Rehman for representing IFMSA Pakistan.

Here is the list of the articles published

  • Crisis in Human Resources for Health by Hamnah Tayyab
  • Vision of Hope by Manaqibb Zain
  • Toxi-posium poison prevention campaign by Mahnoor Mohydin
  • We do not forget by Muhammad Bilal Rehman

For all the folks out there the 36th edition of MSI-Medical Students International is out. Head over to the following link to read the articles and do give us your feedback.