Through its membership in the World Medical Association (WMA), the AMA has taken an active role in human rights issues. WMA is particularly interested in assisting physicians from around the world who have been wrongly imprisoned. AMA has supported these efforts with letters and press releases. Human rights violations are monitored closely through organizations such as Amnesty International and Physicians for Human Rights. For more information, please see the WMA pages on Health and Human Rights.
The AMA Delegation to the WMA has played a major role in drafting policy on many important issues. Recent topics addressed by the WMA include:
- Health and the environment
- Electronic Cigarettes
- Violence Against Healthcare Workers
- Human Papillomavirus Vaccination
- Organ and Tissue Donation
The WMA is the voice of physicians at international organizations including the UN/WHO. Any physician may join the WMA as an associate member. Members have access to all working documents of the organization and may submit their own policies for consideration. Associate Members meet annually in conjunction with the WMA General Assembly meetings.
AMA as an ambassador
Participation in international organizations gives the AMA an opportunity to exercise our professional obligation to share knowledge with our colleagues and, in turn, strengthen our organization by finding solutions to common problems. Join the AMA and help us to advance our vision of professionalism, humanitarian assistance, and optimal health for all the world's people.
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