Kamuzu University of Health Sciences Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) students, who are active members of the Medical Students Association in Malawi (MSA Malawi), participated in the recent International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA). The IFMSA event was held recently in India. The delegation consisted of Secretary General of MSA Malawi- Likhitha Mahashiva Bhattu who was also head of the KUHeS delegation, the Local Officer of SCORE (Research Exchange)- Makanaka Wendy Munodawafa and committee member Simbarashe Govore. The primary objective of the event was to engage in a collaborative platform fostering leadership and global perspectives among young medical professionals. The assembly, renowned for its influence, aimed to inspire the next generation of medical leaders through workshops, panel discussions, and networking. This dynamic approach empowered attendees to embrace their roles as future medical leaders and advocate for innovative healthcare solutions. Interactions with diverse peers facilitated knowledge exchange and meaningful connections.
Likhitha, the head of Malawi delegation had the opportunity to present on the activities that happened back in May 2023 during the Mental health awareness month. The activity was a play therapy conducted at Beit Cure International where student volunteers from KUHeS had a session with children undergoing long term treatment to raise awareness on their mental health. She stated, “our aim was to raise awareness about children’s mental health during extended medical treatments through interactive therapy.”
The General Assembly attracted over 600 medical students worldwide, fostering knowledge exchange and collaborative relationships. Attendees actively engaged in activities, including voting on constitutional amendments and decision-making. Social programs like Cultural Night and National Food Party celebrated cultural diversity. The delegation’s highlight was showcasing Medical Students’ Association of Malawi (MSA-MW) accomplishments to peers. This facilitated insights and perspectives sharing, enriching the academic community.
The delegation also interacted with experts and representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO), enriching insights into global healthcare dynamics. Notably, the presentation of initiatives by the Medical Students Association of Malawi during the assembly emphasized their commitment to impactful contributions. Kamuzu University’s participation in the IFMSA General Assembly underscores the university’s commitment to nurturing well-rounded medical professionals who drive positive change globally.