The World Health Organization, or WHO, primarily focuses on international public health issues. This includes both communicable diseases such as HIV, influenza, and malaria and non communicable diseases such as heart disease or cancer. WHO frequently works with individual state governments and as such collaboration with these nation states and their governments is key.

Chair: Lawford Hatcher

Lawford Hatcher is a freshman from Maryville, Tennessee, studying mathematics and following the pre-medical track. Lawford is also a member of the Million Dollar Band and a member of the collegiate Model United Nations Team of Alabama International Relations Club Club. This semester, he will be working with Dr. Katie Chiou in researching the cultural evolution of the chili pepper. In his free time, Lawford enjoys Netflix, watching Alabama football, and playing his trumpet. He looks forward to moderating productive debate on these complex issues.

Co-Chair: Izzy Berry 

Izzy Berry is a freshman from Grand Rapids, Michigan, serving as one of the Co-Chairs for the World Health Organization. She is a Chemical Engineering major on the STEM path to the MBA, and is minoring in Blount (Liberal Arts). Izzy cannot wait to see what delegates bring to ALMUN X as a first year staffer! Outside of school, she enjoys outdoor activites such as camping, hammocking, hiking, kayaking, and sailing. Izzy is also passionate about books, travel, and good coffee.

Letter from the Chair

Hello Delegates,


I am very happy to welcome you to the University of Alabama’s tenth year of ALMUN! I am very sure that all of you are equally excited for this opportunity to debate, delegate, and discuss the issues of the modern world. As this committee is modeled after the World Health Organization, we are acting as a specialized agency of the United Nations.


We, the WHO staff, are very excited about the topics of discussion for this conference. Firstly, our committee will be discussing the management of secondary health effects created by natural disasters. It is notable how timely this topic is, what with the hurricanes that have ravaged the southeast of the US, and the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that devastated Mexico. The second topic is combatting the effects of indoor air pollution in developing nations. As a commonly underlooked topic in modern health development, indoor air pollution is attributed to up to 3.8 million annual deaths worldwide, whether in contribution or direct cause. This is a very promising pair of topics, and I fully believe that the delegates will offer substantial and complex debate.


You, the delegates, represent the future of the educated international community. Through participation at ALMUN X is going to be a wonderful and fun opportunity for all high school students attending, we must keep in mind that the body that we represent, the World Health Organization, is responsible for the promotion of the livelihood and well-being of all 7.5 billion people. As such, we are holding a great power in our hands. Remember this, and I am sure that we can make the world a more safe and secure place, one delegation at a time.

Lawford Hatcher

TOPIC A: Managing Secondary Health Effects from Natural Disasters

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TOPIC A: Managing Secondary Health Effects from Natural Disasters

TOPIC B: Combating Effects of Indoor Air Pollution in Developing Countries

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