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Meet your Director, Aubrey Peterson Hague!

Aubrey is a junior at UConn and is a biological sciences and anthropology double major on the pre-med track. She has been involved with Model UN since her sophomore year of high school and joined UCMUN as soon as she came to UConn freshman year. Previously, she was an assistant director for UNEP, then director for UNEP, and is returning this year as the director of WHO. Aside from UCMUN, Aubrey is a certified EMT and plays intramural soccer. When she’s not living in the library, Aubrey enjoys playing tennis and staying active, along with watching copious amounts of Scandal and Gilmore Girls on Netflix. She encourages delegates to reach out to her before the conference at aubrey.peterson_hague@uconn.edu and can’t wait to meet everyone!

 

Meet your Topic Specialist, Anika Veeraraghav!

Anika Veeraraghav is a sophomore pursuing a cognitive science major and a women’s, gender and sexuality studies minor on a pre-med track. Last year, she was an Assistant Director for CSW, and the previous two years, she was involved in UCMUN as a delegate in both ILC and CSW. Outside of UCMUN, she plays viola in the UConn Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra Club; is a member of She’s the First, which fundraises for girls’ education; and writes for the opinion section of The Daily Campus. Her hobbies include listening to music, reading and watching Netflix. She is very excited to be the Topic Specialist of WHO! 

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Topic A: Vaccines

Within the last 2-3 years, vaccinations have become an increasingly popular topic of conversation in the developed world. In Europe and North America alike, large outbreaks of previously eradicated diseases, such as the measles, are making a comeback. These recent outbreaks can be attributed to people known as “anti-vaxxers” who refuse to vaccinate themselves and their children. This has put the world at risk for life threatening diseases, as the decisions made by the anti-vaxxers are not just impacting them, but everyone they come into contact with. Patients with existing immune system disorders, or those who are undergoing treatment that weakens their immune system, are suffering the consequences for the decisions of anti-vaxxers. Children on chemo are surviving cancer only to pass away due to complications from the measles. In addition to recent outbreaks in the developed world, developing countries are still largely at risk for preventable diseases because they do not have the funds, nor the means, to provide vaccinations for their citizens. The mission of the World Health Organization is to come up with resolutions that will help protect everyone in the world from preventable diseases and can be enforced on an international scale.

Topic B: Perinatal Care in Developing Nations

Giving birth to a child in a hospital surrounded by qualified medical professionals and sterile equipment is a luxury not everyone has access to. Comprehensive perinatal (the period of time directly before, after, and during giving birth) care is a given in many countries. Those in the developed world take for granted the safe and healthy conditions in which they bring a baby into the world. In developing nations where hospitals are few and far between, a home birth is a far more common occurrence. Although home births are natural and can give rise to no complications, the mother and baby are put at a huge risk in case of an emergency. Giving birth in unsanitary conditions can lead to infection for the mother and child. There are also a number of unpredictable emergencies that can happen when giving birth that require expert medical attention. People in developing nations have very little access to experts more qualified than a village midwife, which leads to countless preventable deaths of new mothers and infants. The World Health Organization aims to make perinatal care in developing nations more accessible and effective.