Established on 7 April 1948, World Health Organisation has 194 member states. It works together with it’s member countries and the United Nation to improve healthcare access all around the world- be it an African country embattled with problems rising from malnutrition or a country that is trying to counter an epidemic from spreading. It believes everyone has the right to access high quality healthcare services.
What differs World Health Organisation from other non-governmental organisations is that it specialises on creating frameworks and systems for countries to work upon. This means that wherever World Health Organisation goes, it strives not for temporary solutions but for long-term solutions.
Digitalisation and the possibilities that come with it are virtually unlimited. World Health Organisation treats digitalisation as a tool towards a healthier world. Digital technologies are used widely in medical use, but there is another side to the advances in technology.
We now have access to pocket computers, combined with faster than ever internet coverage that allows us to consume media at an unprecedented rate. This means we now have an uncharted territory that could be used not unlike a case of substance abuse. Participation in social communities such as forums or groups have high potential in terms of positive outcomes, but there are also risks attached.
Social media and other digital activities such as gaming lack necessary frameworks for medical intervention, and WHO holds the belief that there should be one- this cannot be considered any different than other cases of harmful addiction.
Agenda Item: Combatting Health Issues Related to Excess Usage of Digital Technologies
Under Secratary General: Can Bostancı
Academic Assistant: Atahan Tümer