Yaws: Eradication and Prevention

Yaws is a disease carried by a bacterium that is present in tropical areas of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The disease affects mainly children under the age of 15, and is spread through direct contact, usually in areas with poor hygiene, poor sanitation, and overcrowding. The WHO believes that because this disease occurs only in humans, and because there is a simple cure, it is possible for Yaws to become completely eradicated. The organization will discuss the potential methods of eradication of this disease from treatment, education, and prevention standpoints.

Early Childhood Development

Early childhood development (ECD) is arguably the most important time in a human’s lifespan. Inadequate nutrition and unhealthy living environments during the early years of life can cause stunted growth, low immunity, high risk of heart disease, higher risk of mortality, and compromised mental health throughout a lifetime. This committee will focus on implementing programs for safe and healthy childhoods, ensuring that future populations will be strong and healthy enough to enter the workforce and contribute to a growing international economy.

Foodborne Illness

Foodborne disease is responsible for higher levels of morbidity and mortality for children, infants, and the elderly. Food safety is becoming increasingly important as food chains become more globalized and unsafe products are reaching a growing number of consumers. Specific cases such as whey protein concentrate, zoonotic diseases, and salmonella can be discussed in this committee as case- studies addressing how to ensure that food safety is a priority during all stages, from production to consumption.