World Health Organization

General Assembly

Topic A

Mental Health in
Conflict Zones

Mental illnesses are defined as disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior. Our topic mainly focuses on war-associated mental disorders like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as the multiple facets of this topic such as stigma against victims. PTSD is a psychological response to intense traumatic events, particularly those that threaten life. A person affected with PTSD can have a range of physical and psychological symptoms such as flashbacks, hypervigilance, pain, sweating, nausea, trembling or experiencing increased negative thoughts and feelings.

In recent years, people have been affected by numerous conflict-induced humanitarian crises in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. War causes reductions in resources and long-term physical and psychological harm to children and adults. Consequently, in 2019 nearly 132 million people in 42 countries across the world will need humanitarian assistance due to conflicts or natural disasters.

Topic B

Preventing the Spread of
Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic diseases are diseases that spread from animals to humans. These animals transmit bacteria, parasites, and viruses to humans,t causing illnesses with symptoms ranging from a mild fever to death. Zoonotic diseases are extremely prevalent around the world Some of the most renowned diseases include Rabies, Lyme disease, Dengue Fever, Malaria, Salmonella, E. Coli, Anthrax, and Avian Influenza. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 61 percent of human diseases are zoonotic in origin, and 75 percent of recently discovered diseases in the last decade are zoonotic. Each year, tens of thousands of Americans are infected by zoonoses resulting in around 2.7 million human deaths per year worldwide. Due to this large number, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly monitors and attempts to protect people from such diseases.

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Dais team

Kathy Wu

Director

Serena Chen

Chair

Armaan Jaffer

Assistant Director

About

WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency within the United Nations concerned with improving international health. It was established on April 7th, 1948, and it is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The constitution of WHO was signed by 61 countries on 22 July, 1946, at the first meeting of the World Health Assembly. The international community recognizes WHO for its efforts in emerging diseases and outbreaks, and improving access to reliable medical resources.

The committee’s primary concerns and priorities include assisting countries that seek progress towards universal health care, helping countries to satisfy International Health Regulations, increasing access to essential medical care products, addressing economic, social and environmental factors involving public health, promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and coordinating responses to noncommunicable diseases. WHO is a beginner-friendly committee where both novice and advanced delegates will thrive during committee sessions.