Marián Sedlák, 4th year student at the UPJŠ faculty of medicine, participated in the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, which took place on the 8th-10th December 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The International Conference meets every four years and brings together the states parties to the Geneva Conventions of 1949, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including the 189 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, their International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other important actors for example the World Health Organization (WHO), World Medical Association (WMA) or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Our student participated as the delegate of the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA). UPJŠ faculty of medicine supported Marian with the grant for travelling assistance.
„As the delegates of the International Federation of Medical Students´ Associations - IFMSA we try to establish and promote partnerships with international organizations and important actors in the field of global health and humanitarian actions. The conference was divided into several themes and commissions, which discussed the most important issues in the humanitarian field, such as International humanitarian law, Healthcare in Danger, gender based violence, disaster risk reduction and more. We use these events to present medical students´ views of mentioned topics and we try to lobby for a greater involvement of young people in international humanitarian projects. We hope that the outcomes of these discussions will be more opportunities for medical students to participate in national, regional and international humanitarian projects and programs" said Marian.
The purpose of similar conferences is to seek constructive solutions and new efficient approaches in dealing with global problems. The important parts of this conference were various side events, which provided practical insight into diverse field of related topics. „Speakers and panelists were reputable and experienced personalities of global importance as ambassadors, UN envoys or field workers with many years of experience. They offered participants a very vivid and realistic view of the challenges, which organizations and workers have to face in the areas affected by violence, natural disasters or other emergencies" added Marian. „I am very glad that I was able to participate in this conference. I´ve learned many useful things which I will utilize in my future work in IFMSA. I was also interested to visit Geneva, because it is told that Geneva is the city of work and there is no time and place for entertainment there. After my visit, I can partially confirm this statement, I really had the same feeling" closed Marian.