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.
Best Delegate: Republic of Mozambique
Best Position Paper: Republic of Uganda
Best Delegate: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Best Position Paper: Plurinational State of Bolivia
Best Delegate: Libya
Best Position Paper: Kingdom of Morocco
Best Delegate: Kingdom of Cambodia
Best Position Paper: Japan
Best Delegate: Russian Federation
Best Position Paper: Republic of Italy
AMWHO 2014 Director & Western Pacific and Southeast Asian Chair
Western Pacific and Southeast Asia Vice Chair
Western Pacific and Southeast Asia Technical Assistant
African Vice Chair
African Technical Assistant
Americas Vice Chair
Americas Technical Assistant
European Vice Chair
European Technical Assistant
"I really enjoyed the AMWHO Conference 2014 as it functioned as a tool that brought people together to discuss an important issue that as implications that further beyond the conference." It helped unite ideas and even share information about how conferences like this are held and function."
“I had no idea what to expect out of this weekend, however I was incredibly optimistic that the experience of attending the AMWHO conference would bring me closer to solidifying the path that I choose to take as I look into the future. I want to thank everyone who I met this weekend, especially my fellow European regions. The diversity of our group allowed so much to be brought to the table, and the polite and diplomatic manner in which we accomplished our goals could not have been more effective. Everyone of you inspired me in one way or another, and I thank you for helping me to raise the bar and further discover my passions.”
“AMWHO was an incredible experience, and I know that I will use all that I learned, both from the conference and from all the outstanding people I met, in the future.”
“This conference not only connects current and future public health workers from all over the world, but also surprised people at such a fantastic, hard-working, and powerful AMWHO team!”
“AMWHO is a great way to step into the field of public health even if health policy is not one's major focus. It was a wonderful event for a complete newbie in the public health field like myself.”
“AMWHO 2014 was a truly unique event; tackling international issues in healthcare by engaging in constructive debates and drafting resolutions allowed us to think critically about ameliorating suffering and implementing culturally-conscious solutions to promote health worldwide.”
- Megan M. Parsons
"In a nut shell, if the world relied on us to make the Health Policy Decisions, we'd be in a much better place then where we are at now."
“A great learning and networking experience for students interested in coming up with solutions to mitigate global health problems.”
“AMWHO was an ingenious way to engage students from various disciplines through interactive and self-guided learning, all while reinforcing the central value of health as a human right.”
“I learned more than I ever would have in a classroom. I learned about compromise and effective communication all while effortlessly absorbing the modern health climate around the world. Endless compliments to the staff and delegates for making this a wonderful and educational weekend.”
“This weekend developed strong analytical and diplomatic skills through hands on learning which will further develop my education as a student and potential leader.”
“AMWHO was a weekend based on real-life learning, as you developed skills that extended beyond anything that could be taught in four years of undergraduate education, while you networked with students who are as passionate and excited about health as you are!”
“AMWHO granted me the opportunity to enhance my knowledge and heart for public health in an engaging, interactive experience. I would highly recommend this experience to every student who is passionate about health equity for all.”
"Well organized, and a great experience to see how things work at the WHO level."
“Being a part of the first AMWHO conference was an amazing, formative experience and a great way to cap my experience with global health as an undergraduate.”
The AMWHO 2014 Conference was an extremely exciting experience for me and gave me the chance to not only learn firsthand about the difficulties of cooperation and consensus in the diplomatic process but also provided the opportunity to meet unique people that I would never have thought I could meet otherwise, such as students from Afghanistan and Iraq who have already done so much fascinating stuff with their lives. It was such a fun and inspiring event, and I wish it could have lasted longer!
"AMWHO was rowdy, eye-opening, engaging, and most of all an adventure. I would 100% do it again because the people there were fantastic."