WEEKLY BULLETIN

Introduction
Following the COVID-19 pandemic that has overburdened health systems and governments across the world, FAMSA formed a technical working group to develop a well-coordinated continent-wide response. The group is composed of medical students from over 15 African coutries with balanced gender representation. The technical working group on COVID-19 is separate from the executive council for the following reasons:

  • To increase inclusion and participation of FAMSA members in execution of projects.
  • COVID-19 is a pandemic of great magnitude that calls for immediate action with a team that is dedicated to specifically research and respond to COVID-19.

Objective of the group

To be a group of medical students that is at the forefront in the response against COVID-19 across Africa.

Roles of the group

  • Share facts about COVID-19 to dispel myths and misconceptions about the pandemic.
  • Carry out online campaigns on COVID-19.
  • Keep abreast with the latest research and provide sound technical advice
  • Lead medical students from across the continent in carrying out research on COVID-19 by developing standard operating procedures and guidelines.
  • Share information on how medical students from across the continent are contributing towards the response to COVID-19.
  • Acknowledge the efforts of various workforces from across the continent in the fight against COVID-19.
  • Highlight challenges faced by African countries and potentially provide innovative solutions
  • Work with FAMSA executive council to involve medical students from across Africa in the fight against covid-19.

COLLABORATIONS

FAMSA part of Africa Youth Front on Corona Virus.

On Wednesday 06 May 2020,the African Union Youth Envoy, Ms Aya Chebbi  with support of Africa Union and Africa CDC launched the African Youth Front on Corona virus that will engage youth to contribute to Africa’s response against the pandemic. The front will involve youth in decision-making with a seat at the table to contribute youth-led solutions and co-lead Africa’s fight against COVID-19.
FAMSA is one of the organisations that were invited to be part of this front.
FAMSA will be represented by the president- Emma Nalianya and project coordinator of the FAMSA COVID-19 Technical Working Group-Muganzi David Jolly.
Collaboration with the front is part of the work FAMSA  is doing to implement an continent wide response to COVID-19 in addition to the works of the FAMSA Technical Working Group in the field of research, public health campaign and creative hub.
Follow the link to read more about the youth front

WEBINARS AND TWEETCHATS

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, FAMSA has had a variety of webinars and tweetchats with experienced facilitators to create enlightment on different topics regarding the pandemic. Click here to view some of them.

HONORING HEROES

FAMSA seeks to recognize individuals or groups of people all over Africa who are making a significant impact in mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities. We seek to honor those heroes who are not famous or popular and need their innovations and ideas to be seen by the world.
You can nominate yourself or someone you know as long as it’s an original idea. All you need to do is click on the link below and fill the form.

To see the these heroes and their innovations, click here

FAMSA COVID-19 CREATIVE PAGE

Click here for details and here to see the winners so far.

MYTH BUSTERS