Learn More About SAMSA
The South African Medical Students Association (SAMSA) is a nationally run nonprofit organization comprising of medical students from various medical schools across the country. Essentially, we are an organisation run by medical students for medical students and the greater communities of our beautiful nation.
Our members have a passion for both medicine and creating positive change in the South African and global communities at large. SAMSA has taken shape to create a network of medical students who support and encourage each other to make this positive change. By recruiting members from all over the country, SAMSA allows members to create a national movement and a scope of influence far outreaching that of a single university. We aim to create opportunities for professional development and acts as a representative voice for all South African medical students.
Our projects are chosen, coordinated and funded on a national level. They are then carried out by our corresponding divisions on a local level. They aim to encompass our 4 Pillars or Portfolios: Student Representation, Outreach, Collaboration and Professional Development.
This is what we've been up to
Breaking Down Binaries and Labels: A candid look into the life of one of South Africa’s few Indian queer artists. By Melanie Vandiar and Vikar Singh (SCORA) In 2014, The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights adopted resolution 275, Protection against Violence and other Human Rights Violations against Persons on the basis of their[…]
Celebrating 20 years of Abortion in South Africa This year marks the twentieth anniversary for the implementation of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy (CTOP) Act in South Africa. Former Minister of Health, Dr. ME Tshabalala-Msimang praised the Act as an important piece of legislation aimed at improving Women’s lives in the country: “By allowing[…]
Living with Lupus – A medical professionals personal journey of triumph over the disease VIKAR SINGH Annually, May commemorates Lupus Awareness Month, which aims to increase public understanding of this disease and lobby for funding to further research and educational programs. Activities are held throughout the world which ultimately culminates on May 10, World Lupus[…]
The Secret life of an Abortion Provider When we first meet Sister Williams * , her hands are adorned with a Manual Vacuum Aspirator in one and a pair of forceps in the other. The room is warm, with an industrial fan drowning the moans of her patient. She is in the process of completing[…]
RESTRICTIVE ABORTION LAWS AND THE PLIGHT FOR WOMENS RIGHTS #SEPTEMBER28 National Officer for Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS (NORA), Vikar Singh Sierra Leone, a country situated in West Africa, has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, at approximately 1360 deaths per 100 000 live births, with nearly 9% of these[…]
SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEATH WORKSHOP On 9 April 2015 the University of Cape Town (UCT) chapter of the South African Medical Students Association (SAMSA) hosted a Sexual and Reproductive Health Workshop in celebration of the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights, observed annually on April 11. The workshop also served as the launch of[…]
Rising Costs Pinching Your Purse Strings? – Here’s How To Cope Do you like what you hear? Would you like to know more? Watch out for our personal and business finance workshops given by Discovery CFP, Claire van Wyk, and colleagues to SAMSA members. Claire has worked hard to tailor these workshops specifically for our[…]
Life through the lens of a Transgender woman By Vikar Singh, National Officer for Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS (NORA) 5 December 2015 marked Africas first-ever Transgender Visibility Day. The initiative aims to fight Transphobia in all its forms and demands that transgender persons across Africa are protected against violence, economic oppression and should[…]
Call for Interest: IFMSA March Meeting in Malta, 2016 Dear South African Medical Students The next IFMSA March Meeting is to be held in Malta, from the 2nd to the 8th of March, 2016. The event serves at the General Assembly for the IFMSA. The theme of the event is “The Past. The Present. The[…]
The South African Medical Students Association (SAMSA) stands in solidarity with the recent protests over fee increases at South African universities. In an already elitist environment, the rapidly increasing cost of higher education in South Africa will exclude many, and put a steadily greater strain on many struggling students and their families. This struggle is particularly clear[…]