The President of the organizing committee of the International Federation of Medical Students Association, Jones Ampofo Gyedu is optimistic the ongoing international conference of medical students in the country will help boost the country?s tourism sector.

Speaking to Joy News TV after one of the plenary sessions of the conference, Mr. Gyedu indicated that most participates arrived in the country two weeks ahead of schedule to explore the tourism potentials of the country thereby generating revenue for the sector.

Over 1,000 medical students from 30 countries worldwide are participating in this year?s conference under the theme ?Youth and the Social determinants of health?.

Despite the success of the conference, Jones Ampofo Gyedu cited financial constraints on the part of the local organizing committee as one of the major challenges facing the event and thus appealed to government and corporate institutions to support such programs in future.

The conference he indicated, seeks to empower medical students to take up action and initiatives aimed at reducing the high incidence of diseases in sub-Saharan Africa as well as offer future physicians a comprehensive introduction to global health.

The activities of the IFMSA range from raising awareness on public health, human rights and reproductive health issues to involving students actively in medical curricula reforms and medical education.

Their activities also encompass the largest international student exchange program, with more than 11,000 medical students given the opportunity every year, to experience medicine and research as practiced in countries other than their own.

The IFMSA has been in existence for about 61 years and it holds this exchange programme for international medical students twice a year, in March and in August.

The over 1000 students attending the March Accra conference are divided into six committees to identify challenges and exchange ideas as to how to solve the problems confronting the association.

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