Welcome to UPMUNC 52! My name is Luke Tortora, and it is my pleasure to welcome you to the World Health Organization committee. I am looking forward to what promises to be a great conference, and most importantly, I am incredibly excited to meet and engage with you all. Here at Penn, I am a junior pursuing a major in Health and Societies and a minor in Healthcare Management, and I am excited to bring this passion for healthcare to conference. I have been involved with Model UN since high school, and with Penn’s International Affairs Association for my entire college career. Outside of MUN, I am also involved heavily with community service and social impact consulting, and in my free time, enjoy cooking Italian food. I would be happy to connect with any of you about any of these experiences, whether before or at conference! The nature of global health is dynamic and complex, and WHO’s topics this year are no exception. Pablo and I are looking forward to a weekend that is intellectual, driven, and collaborative. We strongly encourage you to read and explore the background guide, and to come prepared with additional research to understand the topics, the policies of your respective countries, and ideas about possible solutions. Again, I am so excited to welcome you to the committee – I am sure that the memories we form and the progress we make at WHO will make this UPMUNC your best yet! If you have any questions, please reach out through our USG, Nicole Vereczkey. See you in November!
Sincerely, Luke Tortora
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the World Health Organization at UPMUNC LII! I am tremendously excited for this year’s conference and am particularly looking forward to meeting all of you. My name is Pablo Golac and I am a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn majoring in Political Science and Health & Societies with a minor in French. Although I am originally from Cochabamba, Bolivia I grew up in Naples, Florida where I attended Gulf Coast High School. Since joining Model UN in high school, I have hosted and competed in numerous conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Peru. During my free time I enjoy going to crossfit, being outside with friends, and of course watching Netflix. WHO has always been one of my favorite committees in the United Nations and although UPMUNC constantly produces rewarding committees, the WHO staff will do everything we can to ensure the best Model UN experience you have ever had. I encourage you to not only read the background guide that will be posted following the topic revelation, but also conduct supplementary research on the topic as a whole and the policies of your country. Regardless of the topic, I know the amount of effort you will put into preparing for this committee will be pronounced. Luke and I will do everything we can to make your weekend as intellectually stimulating as possible. If you have any questions regarding our committee or conference feel free to contact us through our USG, Nicole Vereczkey.
Sincerely, Pablo Golac
In a time when the mainstream media focuses attention on the threat of terrorism and the effects of war on the international community, the World Health Organization tackles the tangible threats from inadequate maternal and neonatal health care systems, and neglected tropical diseases. Everyone has heard the story of a broken health care system. Yet, has everyone heard the story of a broken health coordination system that’s been fixed? It is up to the World Health Organization to find the resources, the support, and the will power to save the lives of millions of neglected people.
130 million births occur each year, and many of those births in the developed world happen with ease in well-equipped hospital, but an estimated 303,000 result in the mother’s death, 2.6 million in stillbirth, and another 2.7 million in a newborn death within the first month of life. A vast majority of these fatalities occur due to low-resources and most could’ve been prevented. What can world leaders do to ensure that all women and children have the resources necessary to ensure that birth is safe?
In low-income populations, the effects of neglected tropical diseases as a group are comparable to the effects of HIV/AIDS. This diverse group of communicable disease prevail in 149 countries, affecting more than one billion of the world’s population, and costing billions of dollars to developing economies. Those affected are often those in living in the poorest conditions with poor sanitation, but effective leadership with local delivery can easily detect, prevent, and control these diseases.
If you have any questions about this committee, feel free to reach out to your Under-Secretary General Nikki Vereczkey at email@example.com