World Health Organization

Committee Introduction

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.


Topic A:

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?


Topic B:

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.


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