IFMSA-Kurdistan is A member of the IFMSA family. It was established in 2009 in Hawler city of Iraqi Kurdistan region of Iraq. It is as other member organizations worldide, Non-Governmental Non-Political organization. It is ran by medical students and only active medical students can be a member of this organization. Today IFMSA Kurdistan has members in HAWLER (ERBIL) ,SULAIMANYA and DUHOK cities.
IFMSA-Kurdistan follows rules and aims of international Federation of Medical Students Organization. For more than 60 years, IFMSA has existed and been led by medical students worldwide. The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) was founded in 1951. It is the world’s oldest and largest independent organization representing associations of medical students internationally. It currently maintains 108 National Member Organizations from more than 100 countries across six continents with over 1,2 million students represented worldwide. IFMSA is recognized as a non-governmental organization within the United Nations’ system and the World Health Organization and as well, it works with the World Medical Association.
IFMSA was created to impact the world and to empower its members in taking their vision and ideas, and making them a reality. IFMSA has inspired generations of medical students to develop the leadership abilities and skills to take on challenges and to improve the world around them in a crucial period of their career. Engaging in IFMSA encourages both professional and personal collaborations irrespective of geographical, social, cultural, religious, racial, sexual and political differences. As a result, future doctors are becoming more culturally aware and sensitive physicians.
The mission of IFMSA is to offer future physicians a comprehensive introduction to global health issues. Through our programs and opportunities, we develop culturally sensitive students of medicine, intent on influencing the transnational inequalities that shape the health of our planet.
- To expose all medical students to humanitarian and health issues, providing them with the opportunity to education themselves and their peers;
- To facilitate partnerships between the medical students’ community and international organization working on health, education and social issues;
- To give all medical students the opportunity to take part in clinical exchanges around the world;
- To provide a network that links active medical students across the globe, including student leaders, project managers and activists, so that they can learn from and be motivated by each other;
- To provide an international framework in which medical student projects can be realized;
- To empower and train medical students to become advocates in leading social change.