Note: This is a High School Committee
As the directing and coordinating authority for health for the UN, the World Health Organization provides leadership on health matters and pressing challenges on an international stage. The WHO is in charge of shaping research agendas, setting standards and analyzing health trends and policy options to respond to such. Closely connected to this is the ensuring of equitable access to essential care for all nations and the collective response to transnational threats.
Topic A: Using Big Data to Fight Epidemics
Since the first confirmed case in March 2014, the virus Ebola epidemics that struck the African continent, has killed more than 11 000 people. Even if today, the virus is under relative control, other disease outbreaks across the world continue to affect thousands of individuals. Working on big data on health, based on national records, could help to prevent and rapidly contain disease outbreaks. This idea raises questions of privacy, standardization, gathering methods and analysis.
Topic B: The Potential of ICT in Ensuring Public Health
The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, which “ensures that the right technical expertise and are skills are on the ground where and when they are needed most”, is an example of how ICTs are used in order to ensure public health. The continuous development and refinement of technology offers new possibilities, which requires a close cooperation between professionals from both the ICT and the medical sectors. Bringing them to the table to debate and legislate on ICT in public health foster its sensible and policy-driven use in a regulated environment.
Since September 2016 I have been studying at the University of Mannheim with a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics. Government simulations, both MEPs and MUNs have been a staple in my academic life for the past 4 years. I had the privilege to participate at conferences as a delegate and as a head of fraction in the past. What had me coming back again and again though was the opportunity to meet new, interesting and amazing people at each and every conference. I am confident that ZuMUN will be no exception to this.
I have been studying Political Science and History of the Modern Ages for the last three and a half years at the University of Zurich. During the last one and a half year I have also been amember of the MUN Team of the University of Zurich and took part in several conferences as a delegate. I like being involved in the MUN community because it provides you with opportunities to exchange ideas and get to know new people.