World Health Organization Director: Jake Slodkowski
Founded on April 7th, 1948, a day now known as World Health Day, the World Health Organization directs and coordinates international health within the United Nations’ system while striving for a healthier future for people all over the world. The WHO is the primary body within the United Nations for health and the future of healthcare in the world, and as such, allows it to hold influence and perspective no other body has. Through its many country and regional offices, the WHO is able to implement policies quickly and effectively to reach a healthier tomorrow. The WHO works hand to hand with nations’ governments to ensure health goals are reached in timely manners all around the world. The WHO strives to eradicate disease, ensure the safety of environments to people’s health, and to provide the medicines and vaccinations people need. Topic 1: Highly Infectious Tuberculosis Tuberculosis, an infectious airborne disease that affects the tissue within lungs, has been on a recent rise in spread and resistance. Cases have been reported in Australia, the United States, and South Africa, as well as many other countries, that show evidence that new strains of the bacteria are developing and are highly resistant to antibiotics and natural defenses the body has. The new strain shows concerns for other nations around the world in that it is easily spread through even the most casual of contact between people, and the bacteria is not easily treated by medication that is usually used to treat the infection. The infection can spread to other parts of the body as well and requires other methods of treatment. Tuberculosis, if left untreated, can kill the person infected. The threat of highly resistant bacteria is an issue that affects the safety and security of the health of people all over the world and needs to be addressed quickly and effectively. Topic 2: Anti-Vaccination Movement Annually, an estimated 2-3 million children and adults die due to preventable diseases. However, 1.5 million of these cases could have been avoided had proper vaccinations been administered prior to contraction of the diseases. The first anti-vaccination movement began in 1866 in London in response to smallpox vaccination mandates implemented. Today, anti-vaccination movements are on the rise all over the world due to beliefs that vaccinations cause developmental disorders, such as autism, and the belief that herd mentality will protect children from harm. Though experts agree that vaccinations are not 100% safe, the rate of harm is insignificant in comparison to the harm that can come to the masses if the work that vaccinations have done in the past become unraveled in the near future. The issue on anti-vaccination movements is one that the WHO needs to focus on as it is mainly in developed countries that supply many medical needs to developing countries, and aid is slowly becoming less supported by the public, especially in these specific groups of parents and professionals.