So..this past weekend I was at a Medical Students conference organised by the Kenyan medical student umbrella body Medical Students Association of Kenya( MSAKE). It falls under International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA).
It was at St Andrews Turi! (Amazing and beautiful place by the way!!😃😃)
The theme was “The role of the Medical Student in Universal Health Coverage (UHC).”
UHC…This is basically healthcare that provides essential health services (these may be promotive,preventive, curative, rehabilitative and/or palliative), that is equitable…and also does not lead to financial hardship for the individual or his/her family.
Basically, one should be able to get quality healthcare regardless of social status or financial status and all those barriers that make getting proper quality healthcare hard and it should not lead to one going broke…you should be able to be protected from having to sell all you have to afford the treatment.
As a medical student/doctor, you are your patients advocate. Your job, is to stand in the gap and make better healthcare for them possible.
It is YOUR RIGHT, to good healthcare!
A basic human right that many are not fortunate enough to get.
So that’s what we want to achieve as a country (Kenya). That’s what National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) is for. It has been trying to make medical insurance available for all. It has its flaws, but it’s agenda is a good one.
It’s all part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Number three to be precise. It’s one of the targets we want to get to…and hopefully we are on the right track of achieving it.
There is also the policy making part where we can play a role as medical students. So yes. There is a lot you can do.
As a citizen, find out about national health insurance and how you can enrol. It makes a difference. 😃😃
Other than all that, the scenery was amazing!!! I thought I should put a few photos for your viewing!!! And also to neutralise whatever boredom I may have elicited because of the lesson above!😂😂😂
P.S Did I mention we also had fun!Lots of it! Photos below…📷
I hope you learnt something and thanks for stopping by!