WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
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Topic A: Childbirth and Maternal Health
Topic B: Neglected Tropical Diseases

Committee Intro

In today’s times of turmoil and strife, the World Health Organization is a guiding force working tirelessly around the globe, especially in low and middle income countries, to deliver aid to the most vulnerable. WHO’s role in ensuring health for all is immense, and its accomplishments innumerable. From smallpox eradication to immunization campaigns, tackling communicable and non-communicable diseases, and responding to disaster, the World Health Organization is an indispensable asset, ensuring health for those most in need.

Luke Tortora

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC 35! My name is Luke Tortora, and it is my pleasure to welcome you to the World Health Organization committee. It is great to be back – I am looking forward to what promises to be a great conference, and I am incredibly excited to meet and engage with you all.

Here at Penn, I am a senior pursuing a major in Health and Societies and a minor in Healthcare Management, and I am excited to bring this passion for healthcare to conference. I have been involved with Model UN since freshman year of high school, and with ILMUNC for my entire college career, having chaired WHO last year as well (shout-out to any returning delegates!). I cannot express how much I genuinely love this conference, and I am trying not to think too much about how it will be my last. Outside of MUN, I am also involved heavily with community service and social impact consulting, and in my free time, enjoy cooking Italian food. Part of being a chair is being a mentor to you all – I would be happy to connect with any of you about any of my experiences, whether before or at conference!

The nature of global health is dynamic and complex, and WHO’s topics this year are no exception. We are looking forward to a weekend that is intellectual, driven, and collaborative. We strongly encourage you to read and explore the background guide, and to come prepared with additional research to understand the topics, the policies of your respective countries, and ideas about possible solutions.

Again, I am so excited to welcome you to the committee – I am sure that the memories we form and the progress we make at WHO will make this ILMUNC your best yet! If you have any questions, please reach out through our USG, Danae Stavrou. See you in January!

Warmly,

Luke Tortora

Chair, World Health Organization
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Mohammad Samroz

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC 35! My name is Mohammad and I’m super excited to be your World Health Organization (WHO) moderator.

First off, a little bit about me. I’m from Elmont, NY, though I was originally born in Pakistan. At Penn, I’m currently in my first year looking to major in Health and Societies and possibly minor in South Asia Studies. Throughout all 4 years of high school, I competed as a Model UN delegate and am now involved with Penn’s International Affairs Association as an Assistant-Director on the Community Outreach and Engagement branch. Outside of the IAA, I’m also involved with Moelis Access Science, the Asian Pacific American Leadership Initiative, and Global Brigades. In my free time, you can probably find me watching hockey highlights, binging Netflix, and/or spending too much time scrolling through Twitter.

Since this will be my first time senior staffing ILMUNC, I’m amped to meet you all and help make the conference a memorable experience for everyone! Whether you’re new to MUN or you’ve been debating for years, Luke and I are excited to have you in our committee and hear your ideas. Until then, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Looking forward to seeing you all in person!

Cheers,

Mohammad Samroz

Moderator, World Health Organization
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference