"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."
Medical students, the future health professionals
As SCOPH members we have a chance to develop skills and knowledge though personal evolvement such as organization skills, teamwork, leadership, communication, time and self-management – skills not often thought in medical schools but essential for any future health professional. Medical students involved in SCOPH projects gain a much better understanding of public health matters in their community as well as of the situation in other countries of the world, getting a global overview of the situation and methods that need to be used to solve cross-cutting issues.
This creates a sense within medical students about their role within public health as future health professionals and due to our experience and knowledge we will be able to empower our environment directly and through our advocacy to live a healthy life. We will be able to spread the message of wellbeing lifestyles and will create awareness for potential risk factors.
The goals we want to achieve today and tomorrow
The vision of SCOPH is to work for a healthy society which is empowered by its knowledge, skills and opportunities to live a life of complete physical, mental and social well-being. In order to achieve this vision, medical students from 102 National Member Organizations work together as a team on a local level as well as on a national and international level.
Internationally we exchange ideas and knowledge to improve and evaluate our work and personal skills. In addition, our Standing Committee acts as a platform representing medical students around.
The globe through Advocacy and Policy Making - thus being a worldwide voice for medical students.
Locally there is a large number of projects carried out, each orientated on the needs of the Population in the specific Region. Chronic Diseases, incl. Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes mellitus and Cancer, Tobacco smoking, Alcohol and Substance abuse, Malaria, TB, Tropical Diseases, Mental Health, Child’s and Adolescents Health, Ageing, Road Safety, Natural Disasters, Nutrition, Poverty, Violence and Social Inequalities, Rural and Remote Health, Regional Health Problems are some of the main topics that SCOPH focuses on.
Some of the committee projects all over the previous years:
- Contact lens campaign
Aim: This Campaign was conducted in order to raise the health appraisal regarding proper use of contact lenses and hazards of improper use and hygiene neglection to eye care products.
Procedure: This project was divided into two main levels, that were determined according to the target group that was meant as described below:
- University Students : Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering & Faculty of Arts
- School Students: Mansoura Language Schools, Delta International Language Schools & Sinbellawen Sec. School
- Diabetes & Hypertension campaign
Aim: To improve life style of a randomized category of public through screening of both Diabetes & Hypertension Disease & providing with a plan of life style modification & medical referral if needed.
- Organizing a workshop to MSSA members to give them the health message & needed tools of presentation and communication skills.
- Organizing major campaign in “ElHawar Club” & “Gezeret ElWard Club”, during both campaigns public was screened for.
- HTN & DM and in case of positive cases a suggested lifestyle modification plan was offered.
- Blood donation campaign
Aim: To provide patients that are in need of blood with donors, through creating a database that is categorized according to blood groups.
- A Multiple Session campaign of 4 Stages was organized involving Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Faculty of Commerce & Faculty of Education. The idea of our system is to form a database including the donor’s name, blood group, address & mobile no.
- In case there is need of blood, the patient’s family reaches us to find a suitable donor and calling the donor to direct him to the patient in the hospital, and there the donor gives blood to the patient in the hospital.
- During Campaign, Blood Group screening tools are used to identify the blood group of each subscriber in the system.
- Medical Campaigns
Aim: Provide proper medical care, health education & drugs to villages and places with lack of the stated above proportions.
Procedures: Medical campaigns are composed mainly of 4 major parts:
- Doctors, who volunteer to work with us upon request to the hospital, and our Hospitals are full of huge number of cooperating staff members.
- Students, to act as assistants to the doctors and carrying on logistic work as paper printing, organizing the entrance and presence of patients
- Drugs, provided through Fund Raising from members and from pharmacies
- Health Education, which is provided by health education team of students, and usually is related to epidemic disease or behavior in the meant village.
- Nosocomial Infection health education campaign
Aim: To provide proper health message to medical & health care workers, to minimize the risk of nosocomial infection as much as possible.
Procedure: The Campaign aimed students of faculty of medicine as future doctors and faculty of nursing as future nurses.
- Anti Hepatitis Campaign
- Provide health message to medical students to differentiate between different serotypes of hepatitis and method of infection of each serotype, with providing them of possible ways of protection.
- Providing HBV vaccines and working on the appraisal of acquiring vaccination especially to high risk groups as doctors.
- Organizing workshop related to Hepatitis Awareness by Prof. Dr. M. ElFarash.
- Providing HBV Vaccinations through “Vacsera Co.” and funds from “John Hopkins”.
- Using face-to-face technique of distribution of materials related to Hepatitis to medical students.