In 2017 AzerMDS celebrated its 25 year anniversary. 25 years ago this organization was founded by initiative of medical students with the aim of supporting the development of medical education and public health in newly independent Azerbaijan after the collapse of Soviet Empire. Medical Students’ Association (AzerMDS) was one of the first youth organizations taking active part in reforming of youth policy of independent Azerbaijan. Through motivating the medical students in social life of the country and representing our country in the international youth projects we learned from experiences of other countries in the fields of youth work. Our political neutrality allowed us to take more responsibility in youth work of Azerbaijan, especially representing Azerbaijan at international level.
In 1995 AzerMDS was one of the founders of the National Committee of Youth Organizations in the country and was responsible for its international relations. Azerbaijan became member of European Youth Forum, being one of the first national youth councils of our region represented in this European youth platform.
Moreover, in the year 1992 our organization established its public fight against AIDS for the first time. TV channel “215 KL” presented an anti-AIDS provocative campaign. In addition, AzerMDS achieved its goal in teaching reproductive health lessons in schools. Members of AzerMDS carried out health educative campaigns at refugee camps.
Though it was difficult to carry out, AzerMDS organized the first student exchange program within IFMSA (The International Federation of Medical Students Associations). Initiative to gain knowledge was one of the key targets of AzerMDS. It also organized a library consisting of second-hand books from abroad.
Due to some problems at the time, AzerMDS paused its activity for a while and then restored it again the year 2005. The organization began its new line of activities under a new and different environment as AzerMDS (Azerbaijan Medical Doctors and Students). At this time there were already good conditions in Azerbaijan for the function of social organizations. With support of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, IFMSA exchange program was re-established and started to perform on a continuous basis. This international exchange program, which existed from 1951 until nowadays, has given chance to more than 1000 Azerbaijani students to see new medical experiences.
Today the main target of AzerMDS is to support our country in public formation of knowledge-based health system. For this reason, many projects were carried out in order to support medical students and young doctors in accomplishing a better understanding of modern medicine. The projects are open to anyone who wants to benefit from them.
You can be confident that AzerMDS’s mission is to support your enthusiasm and initiative.