Dear Delegates

Welcome to Harvard Model Congress Asia 2017! As members of the WHO, you will be tasked with finding solutions to pressing world health issues. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the WHO works with more than 150 countries to ensure a healthier future for people all over the globe. To achieve this goal, the WHO works within the UN system to ultimately advance universal health coverage, achieve health-related development goals, combat communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and aid countries in responding to public health emergencies.

At the conference this year, you will be discussing ways in which to provide healthcare coverage to refugees. As millions of migrants from war torn or economically struggling countries arrive in the EU, these nations must ensure that the arriving refugees have access to adequate healthcare. You will need to draft recommendations to these countries, suggesting ways to provide vaccines, medical equipment, mental health treatment, maternal and newborn assistance, and more.

Additionally, you will be tasked with combating zoonotic diseases, such as malaria, HIV, Ebola, or Zika. Will you treat current epidemics or devote more time and funding to preventing future diseases from spreading? Will you stop outbreaks by treating animals, humans, or both? Zoonotic diseases are at the forefront of current public health issues, and you must find the best way to ensure that future epidemics don’t occur.

Throughout the conference, you will be dealing with topics that affect the lives of people of all ages, of all ethnicities, all over the globe. Please read all of your briefings thoroughly in addition to conducting further research so that debate at the conference can be productive and interesting for everyone!

We can’t wait to meet all of you! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions at all!

All the best!
Molly Cinnamon and Anna Henricks
Chairs, World Health Organization

Pre-Conference Assignment

Each delegate will submit two one-minute speeches, one on each briefing topic. These speeches should written from the perspective of the delegate’s assigned role — for example, a delegate assigned the role of the United States should present arguments that the United States would be in favor of. The pre-conference assignments are due on December 30th and should be sent to your committee chairs by email (see below). Delegates should use this opportunity to research their role and become familiar with the topics at hand in order to prepare for the conference. Committee chairs will provide feedback on these assignments before the conference.

About Us

Anna Henricks

World Health Organization
Anna Henricks, from Lakeland, Florida, is a freshman who plans on concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. Outside of HMC, Anna is a member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company and teaches dance to middle schoolers in Cambridge through City Step. In her spare time, she loves to cook, read, run, go to the beach, and eat copious amounts of ice cream.

Molly Cinnamon

World Health Organization
Molly Cinnamon is a junior studying a double major in Computer Science and Government. Molly has a passion for traveling and exchanging political understandings between cultures. In her spare time, she loves filmmaking (inspired by Wes Anderson), reading (David Sedaris specifically), and playing squash (poorly). As an LA native, Molly is always open to complaints about the Boston winter.