Model WHO events are educational simulations in which participants recreate the process of the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) as held at World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva. The University of Sheffield World Health Organisation Simulation (SheffWHO) offers the opportunity for students, alumni and professionals from all disciplines to gather and engage with in a global health topic, acting as delegates of the WHA.
The first of its kind in Sheffield, SheffWHO will explore the theme “Outbreaks and Pandemics: Addressing the Next Crisis” from April 27th-29th, 2018. Delegates will represent WHO Member States, as well as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), pharmaceutical companies and the media.
Contributing to interdisciplinary and experiential learning in global health, delegates from ALL DISCIPLINES (not just science/health) are encouraged to participate in this event. They will discuss, co-operate, and negotiate with other stakeholders to produce resolution papers addressing the simulation theme, as an important global health priority.
This simulation aims to address important questions such as:
• When facing communicable disease outbreaks such as Ebola and Influenza, how does a nation and the global community respond in terms of health system preparedness, delivery of medicine and health care?
• How does the world cope transitioning into a new era of high incidence of non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancers, and mental health conditions, while ensuring adequate support for infectious disease and outbreak control?
• What regulations have been set to address outbreaks and epidemics and do they need to be improved?
• How do we strengthen governance and financing in the health sector to ensure a country has adequate resources to cope with outbreaks and pandemics?
• How can we support interdisciplinary approaches to addressing outbreaks and pandemics in the 21st century?
• What roles do non-state actors such as NGOs, pharmaceutical companies, trade organisations, media and others play to address outbreaks and pandemics?
• How can we utilise technology and encourage transparency in addressing outbreaks and pandemics?
Delegates can explore these questions over the course of the event, concluding with the development and approval of resolution papers (strategies) to address this topic.
It is our aim to transfer approved resolutions to WHO Headquarters to demonstrate the creative capacity of the next generation of global health leaders.
A background in health and prior experience in global health debates is not required to participate. We encourage a wide group of participants from all disciplines in order to create a diverse experience for all.
*A limited number of grants are available for PGR and ECR staff members to participate in this event.
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