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World Health Organization (WHO)
Head Chair | Mekhala Hoskote
Vice-Chairs | Brandon Doan, Henry Dong, Ashley Njoroge
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency under the UN devoted to global public health issues. WHO acts as an authority on coordinating and directing authority on international health issues. WHO serves as leader on critical health matters, monitors health trends, and sets standards for implementing medical care. It also plays a role in developing and guiding scientific and public health research while outlining the best ethical practices. WHO sets guidelines on most health matters, but ultimately it is an individual country’s responsibility to ensure that its people are receiving care and resources they need.
Topic 1 | Sustainable Vaccine Practices and Financing
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Vaccines are known to be one of the most effective interventions to prevent disease especially among lower and middle income countries (LMICs). Only 5% of children receive receive all 11 vaccines globally recognized by WHO. Currently, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) funds basic vaccines for the world’s 75 poorest countries. However, financial self-sufficiency for vaccines is large problem as countries graduate from the GAVI program. Additionally, many other LMICs do not qualify for GAVI and struggle to afford vaccines for their population. This committee will debate potential practices and financing to improve vaccine coverage and access.
Topic 2 | Improving Slum Health
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Slums are defined as having inadequate access to water, sanitation, poor structural quality, insufficient living area, and insecure residential status. People living in slums are often seen as neglected populations and are disproportionately susceptible to both infectious and chronic diseases. While the UN Human Settlements Program has discussed revitalizing slums, it did not address specific measures to improve slum health. These populations face a unique challenge where their environment, social status, and financial status result in poor health. Currently, WHO does not have specific policies or programs to address the needs of this neglected population. This committee could work on finding solutions to improve the health of slum dwellers.