I hope this letter finds you in the best of health and cheer! I’m Bhavna Gopal, and I will be your director for this committee. Assisting me will be Samridh Saluja, your co-chair. Both of us have taken part in various conferences as delegates, and I recently won the Outstanding Delegate award at HMUN (WHO) this year. I’m currently in grade 12, pursuing the IB diploma. I lived in California for the first eight years of my life, after which I moved to Bangalore. Samridh is quite a jovial person who makes boring situations fun. He may seem flippant at times, but he never fails to maintain decorum in committee! My co-chair Samridh and I have quite similar views on most topics and enjoy debating about them. On a different note, we love food (good food) - if ever you need a favor, you know what to do! Having participated in the WHO at numerous MUNs, we’re really looking forward to the conference and we look forward to giving an epi[demi]c chase! That said,we do hope to make this year’s World Health Organization the best committee you have ever been to.
Enough about us though; this is about you. The WHO is a very important wing of the UN as the decisions it makes affect public health policy throughout the globe. More importantly, it is flexible in the sense that it can easily transition from being a council chalking out long term public health goals to a fast paced crisis management council trying to stop pandemics which might put the very existence of mankind at stake. So don't be put off by the fact that we shall be dealing with “dull stuff” like carcinogens and microbes. I assure you that by the end of the first session, you will all have caught WHO fever (it depends on you, though, to transmit it - through MUN skills or otherwise).
This year, we have come up with one main agenda: “Cancer - cure, prevention and incidence”. As delegates of the WHO, you should focus on methods to improve prevention facilities and treatment of cancer, as well as measures to reduce its current incidence in both developed and developing countries. While preparing, you should familiarize yourselves with existing treatments for prevention and treatments for cancers, the types of preventable cancers, and those caused by infectious agents. The topic should be seen from many angles to arrive at a comprehensive strategy.
To sum up: if you are a MUNer who wants to see the macrocosm of chairs and chaos a group of microscopic life forms can create, do not hesitate to join the WHO. We shall inject you with new challenges and expect you to cough up a good solution rather than choke on the problem. And, if not anything else, you shall at least become immune to my ailing sense of humor. You've already had a glimpse of it, haven't you?
With best health,
Bhavna Gopal (firstname.lastname@example.org), Samridh Saluja (email@example.com)
World Health Organization