A Zimbabwean medical student is in the run up to clinch a much coveted International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA) African Regional Director post whose elections will happen in August.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Alistair Mukondiwa pursuing a medical degree with the University of Zimbabwe said Zimbabwe’s candidature was recently validated to enter the race.
Representing Zimbabwe, Mukondiwa was the Zimbabwe Medical Students Association’s Vice President from September 2017 to September 2018.
With Phillip Chigiya being the ZiMSA president during that period, the team managed to host an IFMSA African conference in the country in 2018.
“There is a student organisation called IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students Association). It’s the oldest and largest students’ organisation in the world. It holds a consultative seat in the United Nations. So its structure is divided into regions and there are five regions. There is Africa, Asia Pacific, Mediterranean, the Americas, and Europe,” he said.
Mukondiwa said each of these regions have a regional director with Zimbabwe running for the African regional director post.
“The elections are going to be happening in Taiwan. I am actually traveling there in two and a half weeks. The various countries are going to be voting on that issue. So a region votes for its regional director. So basically that’s it. In Zimbabwe we have the Zimbabwe medical students association which Phil was the president of. And that’s the member of IFMSA,” he said.
He added that ZiMSA represents medical students and help equip them in medical education, in policy making, in global health, in human rights, in peace, in reproductive health.
“We just help them become complete medical students. At the same time, we act as their voice, provide them a platform which they can speak on global issues and global health issues,” said Mukondiwa.