What is the World Health Assembly?
The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed program budget. Regional committees on the other hand, meet biannually to discuss and potentially resolve regional issues. These do not require all the 194 member states to be present, only the ones included in the particular region.The World Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland. 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 youth to learn about the functioning of the WHO, explore the health issues the 5 regions are currently facing as well as get involved in finding active solutions for these problems. The aim is to allow delegates to understand policy making and its challenges, hence developing critical thinking skills. Another function of such a simulation is for youth of different countries to interact and learn to co-operate with each other.
Dear Delegates, Advisors and Friends,
Welcome to the 3rd Malaysia World Health Assembly. MyWHA is a conference that simulates of the well known Model United Nations organized by several World Health Organization endorsed schools and universities. As a Medical Student, the importance of being aware of the critical health issues and the solutions available in order to face them is critical. Not only does this create a medium for all students heading in the direction of a healthcare career, a type of ‘learning outside lectures and classrooms’, it also helps develop, teamwork, leadership, debating and creative thinking skills.
Gaurangkumar Dharmendrakumar Patel,
Director General, Malaysia World Health Assembly.