Model WHO

What is Model WHO/WHA EMPS?

It is a program that gives the chance to pharmacy students from different faculties to become health ambassadors representing specific countries in a real simulation program of the WHA

Ambassadors will engage  in negotiations of current ongoing world health problems, find suggested solutions taking into consideration the position of each country towards the topic, and draft a resolution

Objectives of the simulation program

  • Familiarize participants with the concept of diplomacy and international relations
  • Understand how WHO and WHA work and function
  • Develop soft skills in terms of communication, problem solving, negotiation skills, conflict resolution, creative thinking and promoting diplomacy,
  • Deepen knowledge on a major economic, geopolitical and health problem in the Eastern Mediterranean region

What is the WHO?

  • WHO began on April 1948 – a date celebrated every year as World Health Day
  • It includes more than 7000 people from more than 150 countries working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices
  • WHO headquarters in Geneva

Role of WHO

  • Focus on primary health care to improve access to quality essential
  • Work towards sustainable financing and financial protection
  • Improve access to essential medicines and health products
  • Train the health workforce and advise on labor policies
  • Support people’s participation in national health policies
  • Improve monitoring, data and information.

WHA overview

  • Role: Promote health and ease burden of disease worldwide
  • Members: 194 member countries
  • Meets every year in Geneva with health officials worldwide
    • Review WHO work
    • Set Goals
    • Assign tasks
  • Every year:
    • List of health changes
    • Responses to review

WHA overview Cont’d

World Health Assembly


WHO Headquarters - Geneva, Switzerland