Historical Panamerican Health Organization, 1991
Delegates, I am honored to welcome you to LiMUN 2017! As your Director in the Pan American Health Organization (1991) I am thrilled to course the discussion of one of my favorite topics related to my career. As you might be guessing, I am a third year Medicine student at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, and while it is yet too early to know which specialties I like, I have grown fond of topics regarding epidemiology and public health. My MUN life started about one year ago when I took one of the best decisions of my life: joining Peruvian Universities. After that I have attended a number of national MUN competitions and had the opportunity to debate as a delegate in Harvard National Model United Nations 2017. Regarding my free time I have always enjoyed reading good literature, watching series (mostly on Netflix), and listening to many types of music; so while I expect to see effort put into research and content on the topic, I am also waiting to be surprised by fun and smart references.
Topic: The Cholera Outbreak
It is 1991. Nausea, dehydration, and panic over the risk of renal failure and cardiovascular collapse all tremble under one name: Vibrio cholerae. Fateful ballast water from a Chinese cargo ship seems to have brought the microorganism to the coasts of Peru, and it was only a matter of time before a disease that spread hastily through contaminated food and water became an epidemic in Latin America. Here, a series of countries are at special peril due to risk factors for cholera that involve areas with poor health and sanitation infrastructure. You will be the real decision-makers for your country here, as the health of the continent will be in your hands. Solutions will have to be explored at a community, national and international level in an ever-changing scenario. Only this will achieve the objectives of these sessions: reducing transmission of bacteria between people, lowering lethality of the disease in infected individuals, and preventing the expansion of the epidemic to new regions. And while the disease has not yet hit all countries in the Pan American Health Organization with the same strength, every measure taken and individual situation is a keystone to the holistic health of the continent.