Medical- and Caring Students Informs Care and Health

Where you are born affects your health more than you might think. People who have immigrated to Sweden feel generally worse, both physically and mentally, than the rest of the population [1]. This has many causes that interact: the migration process is in itself a strain, especially in cases where one had to flee their homeland, or when you are living in uncertainty if allowed to stay in Sweden; it is a daily stress of living in a country where one does not speak the language and where the culture is alien, discrimination is common and economic vulnerability as well. Meanwhile, health care increasingly segregated and adapted to people with strong voices and financial resources. We in IFMSA-Sweden and the working group on human rights and peace naturally think that this is wrong - health is a human right, and we want to do what we can to all the people to have an equally good health. Therefore, we started the project Livh.

Livh weekend in Stockholm 2013. Photo: Emil Petal
Livh weekend in Stockholm 2013. Photo: Emil Petal

Livh focuses on educating and informing new arrivals about health care in Sweden is organized, what rights one has as a patient and how various lifestyle factors affect one's health. We address such as:

  • Wherever one turns when one gets sick - when is the right to seek the emergency room and health center?
  • Why do not I always medicine prescribed by the doctor when I am sick?
  • Healthcare Enlightenment 1177, where one can always make a wonder anything about the care or health and disease
  • How is my health, of what I eat?
  • How can I protect myself against sexually transmitted diseases?
  • What does confidentiality?
  • and much more!

Official logo-for-Livh

How does it work in practice?

Livh is active in most of IFMSAs local towns, and the format can vary a little between different localities, but usually takes the form of "call-outs" to SFI classes (Swedish for immigrants) where Livh-information officers found a class with students who have studied Swedish in a few months to a few years. We are talking single-Swedish, and mixing lecture, group discussions and group activities. Usually it takes about an emergency 2,5 hour.

How do I become Livh informant?

The first thing you should do is get in touch with the responsible locally for web on your place of training. The contact details are listed below. On some sites, the information officers undergo a short training where the promoters teach the teaching material that we use, in other places, a few follow directly on an emergency and myself read up in advance on a small portion of the material as a then is responsible for the presentation. Usually we also organize regular lectures and workshops for the training of our informers, and training weekends where informants from the various local projects together and learn more about health communication and of various factors that contribute to making health inequalities, while we hang out and have fun.

In addition to doing a good thing for the community and your fellow human beings by getting involved in Livh it is also incredibly stimulating for self, and especially for us who are aspiring health professionals. You will learn to talk about health care and health in a way that is educational and inspiring, and to communicate this information across language and cultural barriers. Moreover, it is extremely useful to learn how people with other cultural backgrounds than your own viewing health and disease and the care in Sweden.


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