The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) is a non governmental organization representing associations of medical students. It was funded in 1951, and currently maintains 102 National Member Organizations from 95 countries across six continents.
The mission statement of IFMSA reads, “Our mission is to offer future physicians a comprehensive introduction to global health issues. Through our programming and opportunities, we develop culturally sensitive students of medicine, intent on influencing the trans-national inequalities that shape the health of our planet.”
The main activities of IFMSA are student exchanges and different projects. Around 10’000 medical students each year participate in international medical student exchanges, both professional and academic (research). IFMSA organizes projects, programs, seminars and workshops on areas of public health, medical education, reproductive health and human rights and peace.
In 2011 the World Federation of Neurology signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the IFMSA. The purpose of this Memorandum was to define areas of possible collaboration between both organizations.
Amongst other things the Memorandum of Understanding acknowledges: