This year’s theme will be “Health in Times of Conflict.” Conflict is a profuse concept in our world, negatively affecting citizens, combatants, political systems, financial systems, and healthcare systems. Centuries of humankind have seen warfare and destruction ruin civilizations, and the political violence typically surrounding such actions further contributes to damaged international relationships among countries. Healthcare systems are significantly unable to provide for citizens of a country after violent conflicts, given the impediments in the ability to control the spread of infectious diseases, poor sanitation from damaged waste management resources, and the overcrowding of displaced persons seeking refuge. Further tensions that exist in nations during times of war include domestic violence and child abuse cases in many households.
AMWHO 2014 seeks to invite all students interested in global health discourse to specifically examine the role of nations and nations’ health professionals in times of conflict. The conference will create an environment in which students will deliberate the immediate protocols necessary for each member nation and non-governmental organization to take in order to promote higher health during warfare.
There will be three speakers presenting during the conference. They are involved in global health matters and have knowledge of the topics discussed by delegates as presented by the theme. The official AMWHO 2014 speakers will be announced on the website soon.
Awards for the best position paper in each regional block, NGO member, and media representative will be announced during the last day of the conference.
Participants will be traveling from across the nation to UNC, so we hope to provide accommodations for all. Therefore, a “Host a Delegate” program will be enforced this year for students near UNC Chapel Hill to willingly accommodate out-of-state students. Through registration, participants have the choice of hosting a delegate, or providing an extra couch or futon for another delegate to stay. Please keep in mind that students travelling from afar may not have the means to accommodate themselves for a weekend in the area, and allowing such individuals the ability to stay in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill region free of cost is beneficial for them, the conference, and for you in meeting individuals with similar career interests!
On Friday, October 3rd, participants will attend the Welcome Soiree Dinner at UNC’s Top of the Hill Restaurant on Franklin Street. Entertainment consists of live music and performances from many of UNC Chapel Hill’s talented student organizations, and participants have the opportunity to meet the AMWHO Executive Team and other students from across the nation. Dinner will be served and is already included in participants’ one-time registration fee!
On Saturday, October 4th, participants are invited to explore the hubbing and popular town of Chapel Hill, with its great selection of restaurants and activities. More details will be announced later!
AMWHO 2014 will occur on Friday, October 3rd, Saturday, October 4th, and Sunday, October 5th.
The conference will be held at the following location:
135 Dauer Drive
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Check-in will be inside the building from 12-2 pm