The Global Health Colloquium (GHC) is an annual event organized by IFMSA-Québec, the International Affairs Division of the Quebec Federation of Medical Students (FMEQ).
IFMSA-Québec brings together medical students of Quebec and its mission is to raise awareness about and mobilize them around social, cultural and global health issues. Through its outreach projects, its international exchange programs and its policy statements, IFMSA-Québec is dedicated to improving health locally and abroad.The Global Health Colloquium falls directly under IFMSA-Québec’s mission with both educational and awareness components.
ABOUT THE GHC
The Global Health Colloquium is an inspiring weekend filled with lectures and activities open to students from Quebec, Canada and abroad. Participants are mainly medical students, but there are also a number of other future health care professionals as well as participants from the general public. The GHC aims to raise awareness and allows participants to learn about a variety of topics directly related to global health. Speakers are invited to talk about public health, sexual health and HIV / AIDS, global health, human rights and peace, ethics of clinical exchanges abroad and more. Participants will have the opportunity to attend lectures given by experts and actors in global health, and to participate in interactive activities where speakers are invited to meet with participants in smaller groups over a meal.
Global health is a subject of increasing popularity, many conferences and seminars are held each year on this fairly new area of health. However, most of these events are targeted for health professionals rather than students. It is because of this that IMFSA-Québec decided four years ago to have its first Global Health Colloquium, an event created by students for students. This colloquium has become a major annual event for IFMSA-Québec, and now aims to become the conference of choice among university students interested in global health by the quality of its speakers and activities.
HUNGRY FOR A HEALTHY WORLD
The 7th edition of the Global Health Colloquium will focus on food, one the most powerful determinants of health, under the theme HUNGRY for a healthy world. What factors regulate food distribution worldwide? How do dietary patterns impact our health? Is globalization a solution or an obstacle to food security? Some of the issues the GHC would like to examine this year include: