World Health Organization (WHO)
Chairs: Divyash Shah & Jimmy Lee
Topic A: Securing Health Privacy
Privacy has been a basic human right since the formation of society, and officially listed as one in 1948 by the UN. However, privacy is not only important in people’s everyday lives; health privacy is often overlooked. Consequently, health organizations and patients have been victims of attacks compromising patient data, with malicious actors attacking both small local entities and large, well established hospitals. Recently, a rise of cyberattacks has raised the question if the current regulations and systems in place are still valid methods of preventing data breaches. With the level of sophistication of these attacks increasing rapidly, it has become clear that all nations must take action to prevent these acts of privacy violations. The world has entered a new era of complex attacks on healthcare. The question remains: How will both developed and developing countries cooperate to protect health privacy?
Topic B: Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance in Poorer Regions
In all nations around the world, a developing concern has been the rapid growth of bacterium that is resistant to the foundations of modern medicine: antibiotics. This is especially common in poorer regions around the world due to the lack of access to novel drugs. Therefore, an increased amount of bacteria are becoming resistant to drugs that once could eradicate them in small doses. Combatting this issue has called the World Health Organization to work with all nations to change their application of antibiotics. Focusing on applicable solutions that consider the budget and limited medical capacities of poorer countries will be crucial for success.