World Health Organization (WHO)
Chairs: Josh Lerman & Katerina Kutuzov
Topic A: Health Care in War Zones
Medicine throughout the world is evolving at an unprecedented speed. This includes fields such as pharmaceutical, surgical, and technological advancements. However, what is commonly overlooked is the application of medicine outside of the doctor’s office, or outside of hospitals. This includes healthcare in third world countries, crisis zones, or more generally speaking, war zones. The conflict of healthcare in military zones alludes to many gray areas: ensuring aid for soldiers, ameliorating the quality of healthcare, and even caring to local civilians (those not fighting in war yet still affected by the abhorrent aftermaths). War zones typically encompass horrific sanitation conditions, leading to the spread of disease not only among civilians, but also among those who fight there. While countries tend to their own military forces and civilians in these conflicted war zones, it is up to us as WHO to find a collaborative solution to ensure easy access to efficient and sufficient medical attention.
Topic B: Increasing Vaccine Coverage to Prevent Disease Outbreaks
Vaccines are an invention that save lives every hour. Preventing countless diseases, vaccines are the ultimate key to protecting the lives of people worldwide. However, many problems arise when countries are short of vaccines, lose accessibility to them, or simply cannot afford them. This results in many deaths, including young children. The same goes for when citizens opt out of vaccinations, putting their children and themselves in danger of contracting a harmful disease. WHO has fought in previous years to make vaccines as widespread as possible, but what can we, as a committee, do now to increase safety in the world through vaccines