Adebisi Adenipekun Participated in a Workshop with IFMSA and UNAIDS During WHA70
During the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA) World Health Assembly Pre-Conference, Adebisi Adenipekun attended a conversation co-hosted by UNAIDS and IFMSA which brought together medical students, young people living with HIV, and youth advocates to strategize on how to establish an ongoing partnership to tackle discrimination in the health care setting, building on UNAIDS’ 2016 Agenda for Zero Discrimination in Health Care. Adebisi and others discussed how medical students, as the future health workforce, could collaborate with young people living with and affected by HIV to promote sensitization and awareness of healthcare providers. The recommendations from this conversation were then incorporated into a declaration of commitment by IFMSA to eliminate discrimination in the healthcare setting – a precursor to an official Memorandum of Understanding between IFMSA and youth key population networks. This declaration of commitment was presented to Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, who requested a meeting with us to discuss further. After this, ten young people met with Mr. Sidibé, who showed great interest in the declaration, and expressed support for this initiative moving forward.