Our Student Participated as Indonesian Youth Delegate in the 77th World Health Assembly

FK-KMK UGM. Our esteemed clinical student, Aufa Fathya (Co-assistant 2022/Medicine 2019), was a distinguished representative of the youth delegation from Indonesia at the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA) held by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland on May 27 – June 1, 2024. Her participation in this global event was a testament to her dedication and the recognition of her potential in the medical community.

Aufa’s journey to the 77th WHA was not an easy one. She successfully navigated a series of rigorous selections and a week-long briefing organized by the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). This preparation equipped her with the necessary knowledge and skills to actively participate in the diverse activities at the assembly, including plenary sessions, side events, bilateral state meetings, and youth networking forums between countries.

The 77th WHA was a platform for comprehensive discussions on a wide range of global health issues. These included health emergencies such as pandemic agreements, social participation in universal health insurance, global health and peace initiatives, non-communicable diseases, communicable diseases including neglected tropical diseases, and the crucial issue of climate change and health.

Aufa’s participation in the 77th WHA was not passive. She actively contributed to the discussions, representing the youth of Indonesia. In the agenda of Climate Change, Pollution, and Health, Aufa delivered a statement from Indonesia, emphasizing the importance of youth involvement in climate change and health issues. This included the development of learning modules for health students worldwide. Aufa’s active role in the assembly was further validated by the adoption of a resolution on the Climate Change, Pollution, and Health agenda, a testament to the significance of her contributions.

Aufa’s participation in the 77th WHA not only demonstrated her commitment to improving health quality and well-being (SDG 3) but also her dedication to advocating for justice in climate change (SDG 13). As she witnessed the diverse roles and participation of youth from other countries in handling various issues, she expressed her optimism for the future. She hoped for the rapid development of youth involvement in resolving other strategic issues, not just as executors but as pioneers of innovative concepts. (Contributor: Aufa Fathya).

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