AMWHO 2014

Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.

Theme: Health in Times of Conflict
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AMWHO 2014

AMWHO 2014’s theme was “Health in Times of Conflict.” Conflict is a profuse concept in our world, negatively affecting citizens, combatants, political systems, financial systems, and healthcare systems. Centuries of humankind have seen warfare and destruction ruin civilizations, and the political violence typically surrounding such actions further contributes to damaged international relationships among countries. Healthcare systems are significantly unable to provide for citizens of a country after violent conflicts, given the impediments in the ability to control the spread of infectious diseases, poor sanitation from damaged waste management resources, and the overcrowding of displaced persons seeking refuge. Further tensions that exist in nations during times of war include domestic violence and child abuse cases in many households.

AMWHO 2014 sought to invite all students interested in global health discourse to specifically examine the role of nations and nations’ health professionals in times of conflict. The conference created an environment in which students will deliberate the immediate protocols necessary for each member nation and non-governmental organization to take in order to promote higher health during warfare. Students from Emory University, Mercer University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Minnesota: Twin Cities, Harvard University, Duke University, Northwestern University, Boston University, George Mason University, UNC Greensboro, NC State, Memorial University, University of Tennessee, The Catholic University of America, Appalachian State University, Lansing Community College, Hunter College, New York University, University of Ottawa, and of course, UNC Chapel Hill were all represented, and a total of nine resolutions were created and passed to be sent to the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Steven Wayling, who worked for the World Health Organization for 25 years first with the Global Programme on AIDS in the WHO-EURO office and with the WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases in Genva, was our first speaker. Heather Davis was our second speaker, with over ten years of experience in infectious disease program support and leadership, and having worked with the US Government in HIV Emergency Programming in Ethiopia, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cote d’Iviore. Mory Pagel from SIT Study Abroad was our third speaker, and spoke about the number of global health opportunities that exists for aspiring leaders in the field to gain field-based research and experiential learning.


AMWHO 2014 Secretariat

Director &
W. Pacific/
S.E. Asia Chair

Neha Acharya

AMWHO 2014 Director & Western Pacific and Southeast Asian Chair


W. Pacific/
S.E. Asia
Vice Chair

Camille Diamond

Western Pacific and Southeast Asia Vice Chair


W. Pacific/
S.E. Asia
Tech Assistant

Manish Sreevatsava

Western Pacific and Southeast Asia Technical Assistant


African
Chair

Mia Lei

African Chair


African
Vice Chair

Tsion Ghedamu

African Vice Chair


African
Tech Assistant

Rizul Naithani

African Technical Assistant


Americas
Chair

Edith Lee

Americas Chair


Americas
Vice Chair

Jessica Lam

Americas Vice Chair


Americas
Tech Assistant

Sapna Patel

Americas Technical Assistant


European
Chair

Chisimdi Onwuteaka

European Chair


European
Vice Chair

Maya Kiel

European Vice Chair


European
Tech Assistant

Simone Reaves

European Technical Assistant


Eastern Mediterranean
Chair

Dilshad Jaff

Eastern Mediterranean Chair


Eastern Mediterranean
Vice Chair

Youmna Elkamhawy

Eastern Mediterranean Vice Chair


Eastern Mediterranean
Tech Assistant

Flannery Bowman

Eastern Mediterranean Technical Assistant


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