World Health Organization
The World Health Organization (WHO) was established on April 7, 1948 following the creation of the United Nations (UN) in 1945. Their goals are to provide leadership on emerging health issues, set health-based norms and standards, conduct research, disseminate knowledge, use evidence and ethics in policy, provide technological support, and monitor and assess healthcare trends. The WHO Headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland, and has over 150 regional offices to promote change. In the seventy years that the WHO has existed, it has combated both noncommunicable and communicable diseases such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, respectively, created emergency care response programs, and promoted maternal and fetal health. With a wide variety of healthcare initiatives and many major successes, the WHO is a force to be reckoned with throughout time.
Committee Topics and Background Guide
Topic A: The Implications of Human Genetic Modification
Topic B: Addressing the Global Infant Mortality RateAvailable November 30, 2018
Letter from the Chair
Dear Honorable Delegates,
Welcome to JHUMUNC XXII! My name is Meghana Dantuluri and I am your Chair for the World Health Organization (WHO). I look forward to working with all of you to develop ideas about human genetic modification and the global infant mortality rate.
I am a sophomore at Johns Hopkins, from Warren, New Jersey. I am studying Public Health, on the pre-medical track. I hope to attend medical school after my undergraduate years at Hopkins, I am specifically interested in studying pediatrics. Aside from my studies, I am captain of JHU’s co-ed Bollywood fusion dance team, I enjoy volunteering with kids with special needs, and I participate in research on the medical school campus.
I have participated in Model UN since my freshmen year of high school, and this is my second year as a part of the JHUMUNC staff. While I enjoyed participating in conferences in high school, I am very excited to work on the other end of it and run an event for you all! I am also very excited to hear you debate pertinent topics to the field of global health, and I hope that studying as a public health student will help me properly foster an environment of personal growth and edification.
I hope that you are able to thoroughly research the ideas and intricacies of these serious health and policy issues, and that you learn how to critically analyze real world situations. Even with a focus on health issues, I hope to lead you into reflective debate on a wide range of topics that stimulate both your reasoning and your creative abilities. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
With that said, my dais and I are excited to meet you and look forward to a great weekend!
Chair, World Health Organization
JHUMUNC Session XXII