Commitment details

Information about the commitment

Submission number 1314987919855-1430
Submission date
  • 02-Sep-2011
Owner of the commitment International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)
Name of the organisation's representative in the forum Alexander Papadopoulos
Name of the affiliated Umbrella Organisation or Federation
Title of the commitment Creation of the IFMSA Alcohol Initiative Project
Commitment summary The aim of the IFMSA is to create a project, which will probably be called Alcohol Initiative Project (AIP), and is going to be divided in three directions, namely the training of medical students on the harmful use of alcohol, public outreaches to raise awareness at the general population on the harmful use of alcohol (which will be conducted utilizing the above mentioned trained medical students) and interventions at school students of different ages, keeping in mind evidence on the effectiveness of such interventions at the different ages, with a view of raising awareness among school students on the harmful use of alcohol. The workshop will be a two-day’s workshop. During the first day of the workshop issues will be addressed such statistical data, the history of alcohol, the effects of alcohol on people’s health, effective alcohol policy, communication skills to interact with people, international work that is being conducted on the harmful use of alcohol, intervention techniques etc. During the second day of the workshop, the issue addressed will be the presentation and dramatization of the intervention guide for school students, the presentation and dramatization of the project on outreaches to the general population and other interactive activities which will help the medical students absorb the information received during the first day effectively. The creation of the project is a short-term aim and a necessary step before actually undertaking the implementation of the project itself, in the local, national, European and international level. The procedure of creating a project of such complicity, diversity and richness in objectives in different levels calls for a commitment itself. The commitment will be due in March 2012, where the members of IFMSA will meet for the IFMSA’s March Meeting (General Assembly) with a view of not only presenting the AIP to IFMSA, but also implement it for the first time during the pre-General Assembly in late February 2012. The pre-General Assembly is a series of 3-days long workshops, where 200 members of IFMSA get the chance to learn about different topics. One of the workshops in February 2012 will be the AIP, as a first implementation of the project. After this and during the General Assembly itself in March 2012 the project will be fine-tuned according to the evaluation results and the input from all the participating IFMSA members, with a view of submitting the actual commitment of the implementation of the AIP
Link to further information relating to the commitment
Forum members, associated with the commitment
Partners, associated to the commitment

Contact Point

Contact name Alexander Papadopoulos
Organisation International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)
Title/Position Mr. / Liaison Officer for Public Health Issues
Address
Chemin du Levant, C.I.B. Batiment A, Le Keynes, 1 etage 13
01212 Ferney-Voltaire
France
Tel 0033450 40 47 59
Fax 0033450 40 59 37
Email lph@ifmsa.org
If the commitment is implemented in more than one Member State indicate for each country the name of the national contact point

Information about the commitment

Background to the commitment (if any) The rationale behind the commitment, which is already described in the summary of this submission form, is based on the fact that medical students are the future health professionals who will have to deal with patients who are experiencing the harmful use of alcohol. Therefore they need to be prepared to deal with this and provide accurate information to their patients and the right type of help. This will be delivered by training medical students on the two-days workshop. During this workshop they will also learn methods on how to intervene at primary school students, since changing the patterns of alcohol consumption of children and adolescents is one of the key ways to avoid the burden of disease caused by the harmful use of alcohol. Another point which will be introduced during the workshop will be how these trained medical students can become health advocates to the general public by informing people about the harmful use of alcohol, making use of material (leaflets etc)
Priority areas
  • Develop information and education programmes on the effect of harmful drinking
  • Develop information and education programmes on responsible patterns of consumption
  • Promote effective behavioural change among children and adolescents
Baseline IFMSA has very extended experience in using the methodology of the proposed project, especially in the field of tobacco, as described in our Tobacco Initiative Project; one of the most successful projects in IFMSA. As for alcohol, IFMSA has been active in two levels. IFMSA has been involved in the creation of the Global Strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol; a document that was adopted by the 63rd World Health Assembly. Secondly, IFMSA’s National Member Organizations have been working on the local level through a variety of projects with a view of training medical students and providing them with the necessary skills, as described in the commitment summary, informing the general population of the harmful effects of alcohol, and intervening at school students. What this commitment is about, is gathering the methodologies, tools and resources which are used on the local level, and create a high-standard international level, which can be implemented on any level.
Start date Oct-2011
End date Mar-2012
Expected interim date
  • 05-Jan-2012
Final report date
  • 20-Mar-2012
Member states
  • EU
Other concerned countries However, given the international-wide activity of the IFMSA the project is going to be implemented in other non-EU states as well.

Commercial communication

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Consumer information

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Counseling

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Education

Target
  • Staff / professionals/policy makers
Tool
  • Manual based school/parents/teachers programmes
  • workshop
Description Education of 25 international medical students during the pre-General Assembly (preGA) of the IFMSA's March Meeting 2012 in Ghana, by implementing the AIP for the first time.

Media

Target
Tool
Description

Youth involvment

Target
  • medical students (aged ca. from 18 to 24)
Tool
  • Empowerment
Description communication with the Local Committees of IFMSA to gather information on already running projects, online meetings with members of IFMSA active in the Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH) to create the above described project - creation of a Small Working Group within the IFMSA to create the AIP

Research

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Treatment

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Commitment activities in the following Member States

Commitment activities in the following Member States

Information on monitoring

Objectives 1. Creation of a workshop with a view of increasing awareness among medical students of the harmful use of alcohol through workshops that are going to take place in the local, national, regional and international level
2. Organize a pre-General Assembly workshop on Alcohol prior to IFMSA’s March General Assembly 2012, where the above mentioned workshop will for the first time be implemented
3. Creation of an intervention guide and intervention material for interventions at school students
4. Creation of a one-day awareness outreach project with a view of increasing awareness in local communities about the harmful use of alcohol, which will be executed with the help of the trained medical students from the above mentioned workshop
5. Advocate for the establishment of a European and a World No Alcohol Harm Day, to assign the public outreaches' activities to that specific day
Relevance (i.e. how will the commitment contribute to achieving the aim of the Forum ?) The rationale behind the creation of the EAHF was to get stakeholders active in the alcohol field in one forum, for the implementation of the EU Strategy in reducing alcohol-related harm. Taking in consideration the five priority areas of the Strategy it is clear that the commitment of the IFMSA is in accordance to the following priorities:
- Protect young people, children and the unborn child
- Inform, educate and raise awareness on the impact of harmful and hazardous alcohol
consumption, and on appropriate consumption patterns

Input indicators

Number of people involved 5-10 (core of the Small Working Group which will be active on this)
Time spent (Man/hours) 10 people / 6 months
Cost (please indicate in €) 5.000 (for the realization of the preGA workshop)
Other

Information on monitoring

Number of people reached 25 medical students (during the first implementation of the AIP in Ghana)
Number of people in the target group reached
Number of participants in different activities
Web site visitors
Number of products
Number of pamphlets/adverts
Established number of contacts
Other creation of a 3-track project

Outcome and impact

Short term
Medium Term
Long Term

Evaluation details

Tool use
  • Internal evaluators
Type of methodology
  • Questionnaire

Details about the monitoring report

Title of the commitment
Creation of the IFMSA Alcohol Initiative Project
Name of the Forum member organisation owning the commitment
International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)
Name of the Forum member organisation owning the commitment
International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)
Is this a report for an ongoing commitment or a final report?
FINAL
What is the time period covered by this report (in the case of a final report, the reporting period is the life span of the commitment)?
2012-2014
Point of contact for the commitment (the person authorised by the organisation owning the commitment who can be contacted for information about the commitment):
Arthur Mello - International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)

lph@ifmsa.org
Commitment summary (based on summary given in original commitment form):
The aim of the IFMSA is to create a project, which will probably be called Alcohol Initiative Project (AIP), and is going to be divided in three directions, namely the training of medical students on the harmful use of alcohol, public outreaches to raise awareness at the general population on the harmful use of alcohol (which will be conducted utilizing the above mentioned trained medical students) and interventions at school students of different ages, keeping in mind evidence on the effectiveness of such interventions at the different ages, with a view of raising awareness among school students on the harmful use of alcohol. The workshop will be a two-day's workshop. During the first day of the workshop issues will be addressed such statistical data, the history of alcohol, the effects of alcohol on people's health, effective alcohol policy, communication skills to interact with people, international work that is being conducted on the harmful use of alcohol, intervention techniques etc. During the second day of the workshop, the issue addressed will be the presentation and dramatization of the intervention guide for school students, the presentation and dramatization of the project on outreaches to the general population and other interactive activities which will help the medical students absorb the information received during the first day effectively. The creation of the project is a short-term aim and a necessary step before actually undertaking the implementation of the project itself, in the local, national, European and international level. The procedure of creating a project of such complicity, diversity and richness in objectives in different levels calls for a commitment itself. The commitment will be due in March 2012, where the members of IFMSA will meet for the IFMSA's March Meeting (General Assembly) with a view of not only presenting the AIP to IFMSA, but also implement it for the first time during the pre-General Assembly in late February 2012. The pre-General Assembly is a series of 3-days long workshops, where 200 members of IFMSA get the chance to learn about different topics. One of the workshops in February 2012 will be the AIP, as a first implementation of the project. After this and during the General Assembly itself in March 2012 the project will be fine-tuned according to the evaluation results and the input from all the participating IFMSA members, with a view of submitting the actual commitment of the implementation of the AIP
Web site/s relating to the commitment
www.ifmsa.org
Description of the implementation of the commitment
The workshop was implemented in August 2012 as a pre-General Assembly of the IFMSA. It hosted around 20 participants. We invited trainers from our Partner: the Alcohol Policy Youth Network to help us organize the sessions.
The workshop called Substance Abuse' focused on the basics of the harm related to the abuse of substances and what can be done by Medical Students in the field delivering soft skills trainings on project management, team building and advocacy. We also presented recent strong achievements from APYN.
Objectives (cf. sections 4-5 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter): in which way and to which extent have the objectives set out in the original commitment form been achieved in the reporting period?
1. . Creation of a workshop with a view of increasing awareness among medical students of the harmful use of alcohol through workshops that are going to take place in the local, national, regional and international level. Organize a pre-General Assembly workshop on Alcohol prior to IFMSA's March General Assembly 2012, where the above mentioned workshop will for the first time be implemented:
==>The workshop was implemented with a delay of 6 months due to some logistical issues. Therefore, it took place in Mumbai, India the following Pre-General Assembly. Unfortunately, and due to turnover right after the event, no follow-up was made with the participants regarding their projects back in their countries.
2.Creation of an intervention guide and intervention material for interventions at school students.
==>We had a considerable participation in APYN activities as our partner, but not enough capacity to keep up with our own intervention guides.
3.Creation of a one-day awareness outreach project with a view of increasing awareness in local communities about the harmful use of alcohol, which will be executed with the help of the trained medical students from the above mentioned workshop
==>One Day awareness outreach project: not done on behalf of IFMSA but 3 of our European National Member Organizations are working on the field (Slovenia, Bulgaria and Macedonia)
4.Advocate for the establishment of a European and a World No Alcohol Harm Day, to assign the public outreaches' activities to that specific day
==>This was unfortunately not implemented but it is a goal that was established from the 2nd European Alcohol Policy Youth Conference Organized by the APYN, and we are committed to advocate for that within the european directory of the WHO.
Relevance (i.e. how did the commitment during the reporting period contribute to achieving the overall aims of the Forum - cf. section 3 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
Following the recommendations and the reports from the APYN conferences, national experts , EAHF and GAPA, we could think that our role should be upgraded and focusing more on advocacy and lobbying for stronger alcohol policies in regards to the youth population. Peer Education is a must and should be considered as the basis of our internal capacity building process, but shouldn't be the priority of our activities since it does not measure the impact on the target groups (i.e youth students) on the long term. That is why we are thinking of proposing another commitment that does focus more on empowering our members for advocacy for policy making at their national level.
Input indicators (resources allocated to the commitment ("What was done to put the objectives into practice?") - cf. section 5a of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
Number of people involved: 4 people in the Organizing Committee + 8 people from the Public Health International team responsible to follow up
Time spent: 8 months of preparation
Cost: Approximately 2000 €
There was no specific budget allocated for the workshop besides the registration fee for the participants (100€ per person). The Alcohol related projects held in the IFMSA country members were nationaly financed so we could not track the entire amount spent in the different activities.
Output indicators (measure from a quantitative point of view the results created through the use of inputs ("What was achieved with the resources allocated to the commitment") - cf. section 5b of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
Number of people directly reached: 20 people
Number of people indirectly reached at IFMSA General Assembly: 200 people
Number of people reached by national Projects: 500.000 people
Number of participants in different activities: 500 people
Web site visitors: 6000 people
Outcome and impact indicators (how successful has the commitment been during the reporting period in relation to the original objectives - cf. section 6 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter. These indications go beyond the minimum agreed requirements to monitor a commitment, and it is expected that this type of evaluation will not be carried out for all commitments.)
Short term
A close follow-up was a crucial part of the concept of the workshop held before the IFMSA Pre General Assembly as its aim was to create an international project on the harmful use of alcohol and to provide the participants with the necessary skills to set up further projects tackling the issue of substance abuse in their countries.

At the General Assembly, we planned to include the project on alcohol-related harm in different parts of the Public Health Standing Committee sessions. We had the presence of an external who delivered an introduction to harmful use of alcohol. The workshop participants presented the newly created project to the other public health members and gathered members who were to start projects in their countries.

Also, the workshop participants delivered trainings to the other IFMSA members about peer education on substance abuse. That gave them the possibility to not only apply the knowledge and skills gained at the workshop but also pass them on and create a pool of members trained to advocate against substance abuse.
Medium term
Long term
Led by the workshop participants and under guidance of the Standing Committee on Public Health international team, our members started to develop local projects on alcohol-related harm in their countries. The outputs of the preGA workshop and a useful collection of materials were an important base for those projects.

We have followed-up on the progress of the project on alcohol-related harm through close contact with the workshop participants. The follow-up included getting informal feedback and collecting evaluations via online forms. That provided us with information about the strengths and weaknesses of the workshop in regards to its usefulness for the creation of the project on alcohol-related harm.

In the long-term follow-up we focused on the creation of the project on alcohol related harm but at the same time, we encouraged participants to use the gained skills to start projects that targeted other aspects of the issue of substance abuse. While creating a resource database, we provided the possibility to share materials on all aspects of substance abuse.
Other
Evaluation details (tools and methods used, internal or external evaluators...)
The evaluation consisted of internal and external evaluation. For internal evaluation, we consulted our members about their progress with their alcohol-related harm projects, the problems they encountered starting it and the support they required by the trained participants. The external evaluation consisted of different evaluation forms for the target groups of the Alcohol projects. Those questionnaires included questions to assess gain of knowledge and potential behavior change.
Other comments related to monitoring the commitment (This section is to be used to add any other information which can be useful in terms of understanding issues relating to the monitoring of your commitment, such as, any major obstacles that have been encountered, sources of data used, etc. If the basic details of the commitment have been changed, this field is to be used to explain why and how they were changed.)
Dissemination (How were the results of the commitment disseminated?)
Media activity to promote the workshop; presentation of the outcomes of the workshop to the IFMSA plenary; discussion with partners to expand the program; Statements in the World Health Assembly; Joint press releases with partners.
References to further information relating to the monitoring of the commitment
http://www.who.int/topics/alcohol_drinking/en/
http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/alcohol/en/
https://scophprojects.wordpress.com/tag/substance-abuse/
http://www.who.int/topics/substance_abuse/en/