The first international forum of medical volunteers was organized in the city of Ivanovo, Russian Federation from October 28 to November 1, 2019 by the All-Russian public movement “Medical Volunteers”, the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs and the Government of the Ivanovo Region.
It was attended by 450 representatives - regional coordinators and members of the headquarters of the regional offices of the Volunteer Medics in Russia and 45 countries of the near and far abroad, including the Republic of Belarus.
The forum was organized to exchange experiences, develop formats of interaction between countries for the development of the volunteer movement among physicians. All conditions were created for the exchange of experience and the presentation of the best international practices of volunteering in the field of healthcare. New developments in medical volunteering strategies with real health care needs were presented. Formation of an active citizenship among young people, the development of interest in medicine and the healthcare industry, and the creation of conditions for communication with foreign universities were indicated.
An educational program was organized for the forum participants.
On the first day of the forum an open dialogue “Global Health Challenges”, the discussion platform “Volunteer assistance to medical organizations” and the discussion “Young assistants - school teams of medical volunteers” were held.
On the second day there were a panel discussions: “Program for the Prevention of Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases in the European Region”, “Healthy Lifestyle in the Rhythm of the Modern World” and “Public Health: Challenges of the Time”.
On the last day of the forum, the following discussions were presented: “How to prevent the spread of HIV infection?”, the pitch session “How to talk about donation interestingly”, a master class “Organization of voluntary activities in the healthcare sector: international cooperation”. Best practices of international medical volunteering were considered.
Forum participants also took part in cultural events, sports and dance programs.
Author: Alexandra Turovskaya, 5th year student at the Faculty of Preventive Medicine;