Through its membership in the World Medical Association (WMA), the AMA has taken an active role in human rights issues. Recent efforts have involved the Federation in letter-writing campaigns and have secured the release of several physicians from around the world who had been wrongly imprisoned. Human rights violations are monitored closely through organizations such as Amnesty International and Physicians for 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
- Reducing the global impact of alcohol on health and society
- Health workforce
- Family Violence
- Reducing sodium intake
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. More information is available through the WMA's website or by contacting the AMA's Office of International Medicine.
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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