International Federation of Medical Students’Associations (IFMSA)

General Information
In its 59th year, IFMSA is continuing to be one of the largest and most important student organizations that brings together over 1.2 million medical students from 97 National Member Organizations worldwide.

Medical students from more than a thousand Universities give back to their communities by implementing projects in the field of public health, reproductive health and human rights. Special attention is being given to the support of our fellow colleagues by responding to their needs in regards to medical education. This also includes the largest student-run exchange program in the world - with more than 11.000 medical students annually getting a chance to experience practices in curative medicine or medical research in a different health system from the one in their country.

Focus Areas
Medical Education, Reproductive health including AIDS, human Rights and Peace, Public Health, Professional Exchange, Research Exchange.

Main Activities
Exchanges, workshops, conferences, trainings, (awareness) campaigns, peer education projects, recruitment projects, and many other projects in the above listed focus areas.

Contact Information
Adress: IFMSA International Office c/o Academic Medical Center, K0-217, Meibergdreef 15, 1105 AZ Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (0)20 5668470
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Latest News

  • Unfulfilled healthcare needs of migrant women care workers

    careOn November 21, a high-level panel at a meeting convened in Geneva will discuss a new WHO report entitled "Women on the Move: Migration, care work and health". Available data shows that a substantial and growing proportion of care work is being undertaken by migrants, the majority of whom are women. In Italy for instance, nearly 90% of home-based caregivers are foreign born. In this report, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls attention "to a global situation in which migrant women care workers buttress health systems in countries where there are shortfalls in healthcare provision, while their own right to health is eroded and their health care needs go unfulfilled." 

  • Why is adolescents’ health a human rights issue?

    ifhhroAdolescents face a myriad of threats to their right to health including violence, sexual assault, exploitation, trafficking, and harmful traditional practices. At the same time, they face multiple barriers to health services, including restrictive laws, unavailability of contraception or safe abortions; failure to ensure privacy and confidentiality; judgemental service provision, and discrimination. Our volunteer Tara Ornstein wrote an article about adolescents’ right to health for our website, explaining what the issues are and what health professionals can do to safeguard adolescents’ health and rights.