10 Apr 2019 IMU Medical Student is Most Outstanding Delegate at MyWHA Conference
The World Health Assembly Simulation is a conference emulating the framework of the World Health Assembly which is the decision making body of the World Health Organisation. The purpose of the simulation is to allow youths to learn about the functioning of the WHO, explore the health issues that certain regions are currently facing as well as finding active solutions for these problems. The aim is to allow delegates to understand policy making and its challenges, hence developing critical thinking skills. The simulation also provides youth of different countries the opportunity to interact and learn to co-operate with each other.
The theme for Malaysia World Health Assembly (MyWHA) 2019 Conference is Healthcare for All: Present Scenario and Future Prospect. It is held in IMU Bukit Jalil on 29-31 March 2019, and the main organiser for this event is Asian Medical Student Association (AMSA) IMU, in collaboration with AMSA Malaysia. The event saw had 73 delegates from 4 countries with international participants coming from Japan, Thailand and Indonesia.
I was tasked to represent Vietnam and prepare a position paper on Vietnam healthcare system, specifically on 6 topics that include malnutrition and stunted growth, premature mortality, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and suicide. I am one of the two participants from the IMU Clinical Campus, however, all the delegates competed individually in this competition in providing and justifying the best solution for each problem.
I was chosen as The Most Outstanding Delegate during the conference. This award was given to a delegate who gave the most meaningful contribution in discussions of all 6 topics while portraying exemplary diplomacy, negotiation and debating skills, and good understanding of the public and foreign policy of the country that he/she represented which was shown through the position papers. Among all 6 recipients of award in each topic, I was awarded the first place for the position paper and overall contribution, and I received a trophy and certificate.
This experience has helped me in several ways, which include further understanding towards public health policy and epidemiological study, importance of international cooperation in health related issues, public speaking, presentation and diplomacy skills and lastly, networking opportunity with medical students from other countries.
Written by Nur Nabila bt Nasharuddin, IMU Medical Student
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