Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH)
With the motto “Think global. Act local.”, The Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH) strives towards the promotion of public health for a healthier tomorrow by addressing health issues, suggesting public policies and advocating preventive measures locally and beyond.
The Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH) serves as health advocate for our community by raising public awareness and understanding of prominent health concerns. Through community-based projects, we aim to promote the important message of public health amongst medical students, health professionals as well as the general public. SCOPH also places a strong emphasis on education and training of medical students in order to equip them with global vision in public health issues, hence become skilful health professionals of tomorrow.
ETHNIC MINORITY EYECARE PROJECT
The first semester of the 2017-2018 school year saw to a successful finale of a series of eye care “fun day” events at schools and community centres of ethnic minority children. This project addresses the growing public health issue of myopia in primary school children and aims to bridge the gap between access to eye health services between Chinese and ethnic minority children. By identifying lack of awareness and accessibility to resources that would empower ethnic minority children to take care of their eyes, our project approached this issue on three fronts, including ethnic minority children, their parents and medical students. By working with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences of CUHK, we conducted sessions on myopia prevention for parents while creating educational and exciting activities on maintaining health eyesight for the children. This project also offered a hands-on opportunity for fellow medical students from both CUHK and HKU to better appreciate the importance of addressing public health issues of different demographics in Hong Kong.
RARE DISEASES AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
On Saturday afternoon, AMSAHK's SCOPH and the Hong Kong Alliance for Rare Diseases held the "Rare Diseases Human Library" as part of our campaign to raise awareness about rare diseases (also known as orphan diseases) in Hong Kong.
Over 30 medical students had the opportunity to learn directly from patients who have tuberous sclerosis, superior mesenteric artery syndrome, and mucopolysaccharidoses. From talking to the patients, we got to understand their conditions, and learn more about their needs and challenges. We also worked on case studies on the 3 rare diseases and contributed to an advocacy project for rare diseases.
A very big thank you to all who participated in our event! We hope that through interaction with the patients and their families, more people will be aware of rare diseases and in the future, help us continue to spread the word and support research in this area!
EAMSC WHITE PAPER
SCOPH successfully shortlisted their white paper and video on “Elective Caesarean Sections in Hong Kong” under the theme of Maternal and Neonatal Care at the East Asian Medical Students Conference. This conference, held in Nepal in January, encouraged SCOPH members to delve into the risky practice of caesarean sections without medical indication, with reference to Hong Kong’s socioeconomic and cultural context. Along with a three-minute video on the pressures a pregnant woman faces when choosing, we highlighted a pressing issue facing our many first world countries.