World Health Organization


Director's Letter

Dear Delegates,

My name is Allison Barker, and I am so excited to be leading the World Health Organization Committee this year! First, a little bit about me: I am currently a second-year at Harvard College studying psychology. I live in Bronxville, New York (a little town in Westchester) and serve as the Under-Secretary General of Comptrolling for Harvard Model United Nations. I adore Model United Nations and have participated since high school, and I cannot wait for all of the energy, collaboration, and (hopefully) fun that this conference will bring.

In committee, I am hoping to hear fresh and well thought-out ideas about the standards to which nations worldwide should be held regarding health education for professionals as well as ways in which the United Nations can work to help everyone reach these standards. I want to emphasize my desire to hear ideas that delegates truly believe in and care about—and I cannot wait to see you all at conference!


Allison Barker
Director, World Health Organization


Topic Area: Global Disparities in Health Professional Training

The availability and quality of education offered in certain nations has immense bearings on the life expectancies of their citizens, and increasing global disparities in health education pose a sizable threat to the wellbeing of society. There are a number of causal factors to examine in determining how these inequities may be addressed, such as the effects of culture on the training of medical professionals, the quality of primary- and secondary-schooling available to students, and the proportion of students who go on to participate in the study of healthcare. Specific comparisons can be drawn between comparable countries, such as breastfeeding practices between Bangladesh and Benin.

There are a few ways that I believe delegates in the UN could work together on creating solutions for this inequity. I would like to hear delegates debate the ways that the United Nations, and the World Health Organization in particular, could strive to bring nations worldwide up to standards, as well as what these standards should be. Lastly, I would like to discuss ways in which current standards could be modified in order to increase equity of available education.


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