Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Outside the Box 2014: Youth Participation in Healthcare Challenges for 2015 and Beyond

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To all medical students and health-related courses, have you ever wanted to learn more about health than what is taught in the classroom? Have you ever felt that maybe there are other things that you can do to improve the health of our fellow Filipinos? Don’t you want to think outside the box?

Well, we have a conference for you called, Outside the Box! This conference is in its 2nd year already and this year, our theme is “Shifting Sands: Youth Participation in Healthcare Challenges for 2015 and Beyond.” It is a conference about MGDs, and ASEAN economic integration with workshops that will help you be equipped for these issues for 2015 and BEYOND.

So what are MDGs? MDGs or Millennium Development Goals are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations last 2000. These goals are the following:

1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDs, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development

These goals were aimed to be achieved by 2015. With a few months away from the deadline, this conference will discuss the state of the Philippines in achieving these goals and our plans for 2015 and beyond. This 2015 will also be the commencement of the ASEAN Economic Integration. With that in mind, this conference will also tackle the effects of this economic integration for the plans postMDG2015.

There will also be workshops that will equip the participants in contributing to these goals specifically the healthcare challenges. These workshops are the following:

1. Eradication of Extreme Hunger and Poverty: Nutritional Advice for the Less Fortunate – This workshop aims to train participants to give nutritional advice to the less fortunate.

2. The Move Towards University Primary Education – This workshop aims to increase the knowledge of and encourage participation of students in achieving universal primary education by giving focus to inclusive education of people with disabilities.

3. Sustainable Project Development: Access to Essential Drugs – This workshop aims to develop a sustainable, rights-based project proposal that allows access to affordable essential drugs.

4. Workshop on MDG-Related Research – This workshop aims to allow students to achieve an appreciation for medical research and hopefully inspire them to become researchers or medical practitioners whom are well educated in current research, are critical thinkers and apply the proper methods of appraising medical journal articles in their practice.

5. Wildfire – This workshop is a very powerful sensitizing activity that will allow participants to feel varying degrees of distress felt by a HIV-positive person.

Now, we have said everything that will happen in this conference. Don’t you want to attend? Don’t you want to be able to do things outside the box? Don’t you want to be able to shifting the sands of our country? Don’t you want to be part of the youth who will answer to these challenges? If you are, please join us in De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, Dasmarinas, Cavite on Nov. 29, 2014 and be part of the youth who will think outside the box to shift the sands and answer the challenges for 2015 and beyond.

For any questions, please send us an email at with the subject: Questions – [Name].

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