Welcome to SCOPH!

The Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH) brings together medical students from all over the world to learn, build skills, cooperate, explore and share ideas when it comes to addressing all issues related to public health, including global health issues, health policies, health promotion and education, activities.

Vision

Medical Students attain the optimal skills and knowledge to contribute to their full potential towards the making of healthier communities in their capacity as medical students and as future healthcare providers.

Mission

The Standing Committee on Public Health promotes the development of medical students worldwide regarding Public Health issues through an international sharing knowledge network, projects management, community-based learning, capacity building, advocacy, exchanges placements and access to external learning opportunities.

Objectives

  • Disease prevention within our society.
  • Health promotion and education within our society.
  • Raising awareness about global public health issues within medical students and our society.
  • Advocating for health policies as the voice of worldwide medical students.
  • Advocating for health policies as the voice of worldwide medical students.
  • Advocating for health policies as the voice of worldwide medical students.
  • Developing skills and knowledge of medical students as the future health professionals.
  • Working as an international team and collaborating with external public health organizations to use the potential of over one million worldwide medical students.
  • Collaborate with other fields as medical education, human rights, and reproductive health.

Main Topics

Health Promotion: is recognized as the key element for community health change. SCOPHians perform different activities to raise awareness, educate and train general population on several health issues to prevent from Communicable to noncommunicable Diseases, to adopt healthy lifestyles addressing risk factors but also caring about the environment.

Priorities: Public Health is a broad field and to focus specifically on some public health issues reflective of Pakistan’s priorities SCOPH has priorities voted on upon by the Local Public Health Officers This does not imply that we are not working on other Public Health issues however due to the crucial nature and limited resources we have developed such priorities. The priorities (in order) are as follows:

  • Mental Health
  • Hepatitis
  • Establishment of Better Health Systems
  • Tuberculosis
  • Tobacco Smoking
  • Environmental Health
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Social & Environmental Determinants of Health (SDH): are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.

Universal Health Coverage: SCOPHians are advocating in their countries to have a positive impact on equal, accessible and affordable high-quality universal health care. Coming from the principle of achieving health for all (3rd Sustainable Development Goal), it is the duty of medical students to support this movement for a better healthcare quality as well as physical and mental health status.

Health in All Policies (HiAP): is a movement that advocates for a collaborative approach to improving health of all people by taking in consideration health when making decisions in sectors other than health such as tobacco, food, migration, urbanization, climate change etc. The goal of HiAP is to ensure that decisions makers are well informed about impact their policies can have on health and to incorporate importance of health in their decision-making process.

Global Health, International Health and Public Health: With the expansion of international aid in health crisis, the sense of globalization and trade, the term of global health and international health have emerged and have taken a certain value compared to public health. Take a look at the table below, from Kaplan JP et al, the Lancet 2009.

Related Programs

  • Healthy Lifestyles and Non-communicable diseases
  • Non-communicable disease
  • Mental Health
  • Environment & Health
  • Children’s’ Health & Rights
  • Healthy systems
  • Organ, Marrow & Tissue Donation

National Team 2017-2018

  • National Public Health Officer: Sheharyar Zameer (npo.ifmsapak@gmail.com)
  • General Assistant (GA): Ayesha Irfan
  • General Assistant (GA): Natasha Irfan
  • Regional Assistant (RA) For Lahore: Naima Malik
  • Regional Assistant (RA) For Lahore: Saffa Tareen
  • Regional Assistant (RA) For Lahore: Yumna Nayab
  • Regional Assistant (RA) for Lahore: Alina Abbas
  • Regional Assistant (RA) for Faisalabad: Abdullah Lodhi
  • Regional Assistant(RA) for Bahawalpur: Ayesha Siddiqua
  • Regional Assistant(RA) for Peshawar: Amir Hassan
  • Regional Assistant(RA) for Quetta: Amna Saleem

Join Us Online

If you are a medical student that want to get involved and learn more join our Facebook Group: SCOPH-Pakistan (Standing Committee on Public Health)

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