By: Taylor Eisenstein
In 2014, after attending OMWHO as an undergraduate, current Rollins School of Public Health student Neha Acharya founded AMWHO at her alma mater, UNC Chapel Hill. Like OMWHO, AMWHO’s ultimate goal is to educate students on global health events in the form of a model-WHO simulation. Undergraduate and graduate students are able to work together to produce and compose their own resolutions to significant global health issues. Students are able to participate as WHO ambassadors, Media Correspondents, or even NGO Representatives. At the conclusion of the conference, resolutions are even passed on to the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. This illustrates how current students can potentially have a significant impact on relevant health issues. Today, AMWHO has grown to over eight chapters and 120 board members.
Emory College junior Mansi Maini and senior Somnath Das founded Emory University’s chapter in 2015. Das states: “Emory was the second ever regional chapter established by AMWHO. Mansi and I found AMWHO very well suited for Emory, as many students have interdisciplinary interests in health. Our initial AMWHO Emory chapter had students in the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory College of Arts & Sciences, and the Goizueta Business School with majors like Neuroscience, Human Health, and Economics. What we felt united us together as a chapter is our strong capacity to work together as a team to build the next generation of solutions to issues in global health.”
AMWHO attendees had a very positive response to the organization and its conference. Jacqueline Teed, an Emory College junior, served as Committee Chair of the European Region. She stated, “I love that this organization enables high school, undergraduate, and graduate students of all academic disciplines to network with one another and share their passion for global health.” Another attendee remarked, “AMWHO gave me a real insight into the interworkings of the World Health Organization and was an incredible exercise in teamwork and leadership.”