IPPNW Medical Student Pre-Congress Worchester, July 22- 24, 1996


IPPNW Student Action Plan


25 July, 1996

At the students precongress and during the 12th World Congress of IPPNW a large variety of actions were discussed. Many of ideas and opinions were boiled down to concrete actions to be taken by IPPNW students on issues like banning landmines, abolish nuclear weapons, peace education and Children and War.


Banning Landmines

In the workshop on Landmines several actions and aspects were discussed. We went through different sources of information on this problem. These were internet resources, films, books, newspaper-magazines articles, Australian slide series, scientific journals, e-mail lists, parts of the "Landmine information and advocacy Kit" was distributed. A list of internet resources on landmines was given.

Suggestions for student actions Street theater plays, land mine field display in our medical schools, collecting signatures sent to local government and UN. Landmine photo exhibition as it was recently done by IFMSA students in Alexandria, Egypt. Targeting the producers of mines and set up a dialogue with them or pressure them by stigmatizing their companies and their products. Raising the issue in the World Court in a similar way as was done for nuclear weapons. Writing letters to the editor and articles in magazines. Send documentary material to TV stations. Working together with and draw upon the experiences and work by the UN which is already in favor of banning landmines. UNICEF has already done landmines an important focus.

Postcard committee An idea of producing postcards aimed at desicion makers came up. These postcards could be produced in large numbers at one place and then distributed to IPPNW student groups. A committee was set up to work out a detailed plan for this (Kurt, Ernesto, Said, Stephen and Peter).

Landmine field. A committee was made to make a fake landmine field at the congress using this as a forum to inform about this problem. This was set up outside the canteen building, including an informative poster.

Bringing new countries on the "Good list" Elias from Zambia will try to adds its name to list of countries supporting a comprehensive ban on landmiens. Japanese and Finnish students will encourage their governments to gets its name on list as well.


Abolition 2000

In the abolition 2000 workshop, we got together on issues that we could all relate to and work on, despite our cultural differences. We saw the value of lobbying on an international level like writing letters to UN representatives, politicians, industrialists and military representatives. The anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, Hiroshima DAy (6th of August) is a good time to get media attention. Hiroshima Day should become Abolition Day.

1.Videogroup. In this group the aim is to distribute the two minute video ³Paradise Lost² to television stations and cinemas, thus making the general public aware of the nuclear threat. Our first goal is to have the video aired on MTV, on 17th of September. Ernesto wil follow up this.

2. Letter to the United Nations General Assembly. The aim is to send a petition and accompanning letter to each of our countries representative to urge them to act on the World Court decision. Lars and Peter follows up on this.

3. "Book"-group. After a suggestion from Christina Lundius SLMK, we will attempt to find out key, respected, figures in each of our countries. They are to be people whom young people respect most today. After achieving this we will then attempt to urge these people to write a statement on a topic/question, for example, ³how do we get a nuclear free world?² or ³how do we achieve peace?². All of these statements are then to be put together to form a book which then may be published. Perte and Seraphine are contact persons for this.

4. Petition. This group has written a statement which we hope each country will be able to pass on to their head of state or their representative to the United Nations.

5. Adopting a Nuclear Weapons desicion maker Scilla Elworthy identified persons important in nuclear weapons hierarcies in the nuclear weapons states. Student groups were encouraged to start a dialogue with them. The IPPNW Abolition Handbook explains how to do this. Xu Xin was adopted the Bergen group, Song Jiashu will be contacted by Lolit and Scott, Sydney will do Ashton Carter. Anetta contacts Charles Million.


Peace Education

Goals: 1) To obtain a variety of peace education resources (curricula, model initiatives, relevant contacts, scholarly publications, etc.) which will be useful to students from diverse cultural, political and geographic backgrounds.

2) To make these resources available to student IPPNW chapters that wish to incorporate peace education into their local initiatives, and to establish a mechanism for their distribution.

3) To form a network of students interested in peace education, to facilitate communication between these students, and to engage them in the task of seeking out new resources, adapting resources to specific cultural, political, and geographic contexts, and sharing their work with other IPPNW students.

Action Plan:

1) To establish a central library of peace education resources, which will be accessible to students through E-mail, the worldwide web, postal mail, and other appropriate means of communication. Some of these resources already exist and are possessed by the Peace Education Committee. Others will be created by members of the committee as a byproduct of ongoing local student initiatives, and yet others will be obtained with the permission of other peace education organizations.

2) To establish a Peace Education worldwide web site on the interment, which will contain information about the committees activities, about peace education in general, and also specific resources which can be downloaded remotely. This site will be linked to other IPPNW and affiliate sites, as well as relevant sites of other organizations.

3) To establish the IPPNW Peace Education Committee, to be made up of six students from diverse regions of the world, and to be made responsible for the acquisition of curricula, its processing and distribution, and for other activities which may arise as needed. Also, to establish the IPPNW Peace Education Interest Group, a working group of approximately 25 students (the nucleus of which was established at the 1996 IPPNW Student Conference). These students will be notified of the progress of the Peace Education Committee at frequent intervals, and will be invited to contribute to its work. The Peace Education Committee will remain in close contact with the Children and War Committee, and efforts will be made to coordinate relevant projects.

4) To make contacts and foster collaborations with other organizations involved in peace education, particularly when doing so will further the work of local student-driven projects.

Timeline: By late August, 1996, the members of the Peace Education Committee will make contact with each other and begin discussion and organization of activities.

By late September, 1996, the committee will distribute information to other IPPNW students to inform them what sorts of resources will be made available, and how they can obtain them.

By December, 1996, the committee will have obtained a sufficient ³critical mass² of resources to begin processing resources for distribution. Also, the world wide web site will be established in preliminary.

By February, 1995, the first cluster of resources will be ready for distribution, and the committee will publicize them to students through E-mail, written materials, and the worldwide web.

After the first cluster of resources is made available for distribution, the committee¹s ongoing responsibility will be to continue to add to the library of peace education resources, to update the promotional materials, and to make resources available to students.

Budget Request: Total $865.00

Peace Education Committee:


Children and War

War effects on children

A project for the elective periode for medical students studying the effects of war on children.

Goal Our goal is to create an interest among medical students to do research on the effect of war on children. In the long run this knowlege should be applied to map the needs of war effected children. This knowlege should be distributed by IPPPNW to other health professions and within our own profession to improve the post/traumatic stress treatment and apply it on a larger scale.

Action plan We will give Swedish and Norwegian medical students at diffrent levels an oppurtunities to do an elective related to children and war. This by spending a three to five week elective period in a refugeecamp in Zambia or the Phillipines. The students will observe and participate in the daily work of a doctor in the refugeecamp. In addition they will do some practical clinical work in according to the small psyco social study on children.

Timetable The first group of students from Tromsoe will go in March and the students from Stockholm in May. If this is successful we intend to send student groups three times a year over a three year period.

Budget Litterature $150 Telephone and fax $800 Xerox and postage $80 Flight ticket Tromsoe Stockholm $650 Flight ticket Scandinavia Lusaka x 2 $4000 Modem x2 $650 Total $6330

Coordinators: Malin Kjellberg, Sweden and Gyri Vorren, Norway

Children and Urban Violence

I. Children of the street project

1. To choose a population of Children of the street (20-30 kids)
2. To study in this population the helath and violence situation
3. To lecture conferences for the children about health care, pregnancy prevention, "How to say no to violence".
4. To promote this program in the national university of Mexico (UNAM) with the intention to collect clothes, books, toys, food etc for the children.
5. To organize a symposium with the results of this project in UNAM inviting pediatricians, psycologists etc and discuss about how can we make a larger program in Mexico helping more kids.
6 To visit Chiapas, mexico and to analyse the situation of the children of the chiapas war.

This project will be realized with the help of NGOs.

Coordinatos Vanessa Gordillo Huerta, Mexico MMPGN

II. The Health of the Street Children in Zambia with a Focus on Lusaka City.

The project is in 3 phases:

Phase 1: A Feasibility Study to Document an publish the: (i) reasons why the children are on the streets (ii) the average age of the children on the streets (iii) the types of problems they encounter while they are on the streets (iv) the health need of these children who are on the streets and thus can not afford to pay for their: - medical facilities - educational facilities

Phase 2: Practical Action for these children on the streets to assist them in having access to medical care facilities. This will be done as follows:

(i) Health Education For the past 2-3 years, medical students have been providing some Health Education to the street children. This has not been very effective due to the lack of resources. So the current ideal is to use a video and television screen to show health-related movies/films. Videos attract more children than any other form of spreading health information.

(ii) Screening For Diseases In order to keep the children healthy, it is important to screen these children for disease regularly. Medical Students for Social Responsibility visits all the drop-in centers (run by Development Aid from People to People- DAPP and the Zambian Red Cross Society). All the children are screened on a monthly basis and diseases documented. The medicines are then organized. Also organized is a way of cheap referral to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), with which we have a special arrangement. These visits could be increased to once weekly if resources like transportation were available to Medical Students for Responsibility (MSSR).

(iii) Skill Training We, MSSR, also organize training sessions for these children in conjunction with the Zambian Red Cross Society and Development Aid from People to People (DAPP). These skills include: - carpentry - metal work - sewing - cooking

Phase 3: Upgrading of Pharmacy and Clinic at the Zambian Red Cross Society Street-kids Drop-in Center. (i) Rare is a small room for a clinic and another small room for a pharmacy which also always has no drugs at all. So MSSSR will look for money to upgrade the clinic and probably have a nurse or two working there and paid by the Zambian Government.

ACTION DURATION

Feasibility of Study
(i)- Development of Questionnaire and Running Copies X 5 months 30/06/96- 30/09/96
(ii) Interviewing Kids and Data Collection 3/09/96- 3/10/96
(iii) Written Up Report and Proof Reading and Final Report 3/10/96- 10/11/96 (1 month)

This is an ongoing project, so it will not be limited but an update and review programme report will be available every six months starting 30/06/96.

Coordinator: Zambian Healthworkers for Social Responsibility (ZHSR)
Hadunka Francis
University of Zambia School of Medicine
Ridgeway Campus Box 50 110
Lusaka, Zambia
e-mail: medlib@unza.zm


Micellaneous

Various parts of the program and informal group talks precipitated the following actions.

Fundraising and project formulation To facilitate student fundraising an article on this issue was handed out and a workshop on this issue was held. Experienced students as well as professional fundraisers in the IPPNW Boston office can be contacted for advice when fundraising for student projects. A project formulation and proposal kit was distributed.

Using the press An unformal network for IPPNW students interested in writing and publishing articles was propose and some students interested was identified. Sharing of plots and inforamtion for articles as well as whole articles could reduce the abrrier as well as the work required for spreading our messsage. Peter and Kurt will function as coordinators for this.

External relations The International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) organization to strengthen their work. Kurt has been the liasion officer to this organization over the last two years.Some IPPNW students will participate in the IFMSA Workshop on Medicine and War, August 1st to 4th 1996. IFMSA will elect a new liaison officer to IPPNW at its General Assembly in August.

Recruitment Further recruitment of student will be enhanced by the workshop on recriutment where many ideas were exchanged on this issue. During the cnference students contacted doctors to ask for help in establishing student chapters in countries without. Possibly an update of the rectuiment brochure will be made. The SPSR Startup Kit with practical step by step advice on getting an IPPNW group going, was distributed to enhance student recruitment.


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