Chair: Philip Harden
Secretary: Anika Hutton
The World Health Organization, or WHO, is the committee of the United Nations in charge of drafting and implementing world health care policies. It also is in charge of mitigating global epidemics, crises, and outbreaks. The ultimate objective of the WHO is the attainment of a high standard of healthcare for the entirety of the global population.
1. Improving Awareness and Availability of Vaccines
Vaccines have allowed viruses that once could wipe out millions of people, such as small-pox, polio, and the black death, to be all but eradicated from our world. But even in first world nations like the United States and Germany, it is not mandatory for all citizens to receive vaccinations. And in so called 3rd world nations, vaccines that are desired by the population often cannot get to them, causing outbreaks of very preventable viruses. This topic will require delegates to face both sides of the world, developed and otherwise, and figure out a solution (or two) that will help make these treatments more universally used and available.
2. Reducing the impact of mosquito borne epidemics.
A million people die each year due to mosquitoes: they are the deadliest animal on the planet for that reason. Even the smallest efforts to mitigate these diseases in rural Africa in the past has saved thousands of lives. It will be the responsibility of delegates to come up with viable (both in cost and implementation) solutions to the bugs.
3. Monkey Pox
Over the past year, reports of monkeypox have flared alarmingly across Africa, one of several animal-borne diseases that have raised anxiety around the globe. The Congolese government invited CDC researchers here to track the disease and train local scientists. Understanding the virus and how it spreads during an outbreak is key to stopping it and protecting people from the deadly disease.