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World Health Assembly Simulation

Our initiative, the WHA SIM, is a simulation-based, experiential learning program modeled on the World Health Organization (WHO)'s decision-making body: the World Health Assembly (WHA). Its goal is to enhance collaborative governance skills in addressing global challenges, like the Sustainable Development Goals. Through debates, research briefs, and formal resolutions, students generate and test innovative solutions on the simulation theme, which are sent to the WHO. This ground-breaking initiative equips students with research, collaboration, debate, diplomacy, and policy writing skills.

You can view the highlights, summary, and student feedback provided from the 2023 WHA SIM in our comprehensive report. The simulation’s theme, "Building Global Solidarity for Worldwide Health Security," placed a critical emphasis on addressing health emergencies and devising strategies to bolster global preparedness and response. In light of the profound consequences of recent pandemics, such as COVID-19, our initiative sought to strengthen global health security by fostering a sense of unity and collaboration among nations. Furthermore, the 2023 WHA SIM celebrated remarkable milestones as we garnered significant recognition from Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO.

Looking to the future, we are committed to expanding the reach and impact of the WHA SIM. Our plan includes increasing the number of participating universities and students, incorporating cutting-edge technologies into the simulation process, and forging partnerships with other international organizations. The theme of the 2024 WHA SIM will be “Toward a One Health Approach for Optimal Health Outcomes”. By continually adapting and evolving, the School of Global Health aims to remain at the forefront of equipping the next generation of global leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to address pressing health challenges and promote collective action for a healthier and more secure world.

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