Why is the World Health Organisation so much needed?

IFMSA, 2017

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr. Antonio Luque Ambrosian, a medical student at the University of Seville, Spain. He is also affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.

When I think about the World Health Organisation (WHO), sometimes I get lost while trying to define what it is really about, what those three letters represent for me and the meaning that they imply when spoken. Why is it necessary to have a supranational entity representing health care providers? Do we have to care about global things when we have our own local problems? These are questions that resounded inside my head when thinking about it, and I had no answer for them. But, after this last year, I found some firm reasons to affirm that an international medical organization is highly needed.

First, I realized how important was its function as coordinator (and far more than that) of different countries, for example, during Zika’s outbreak, the paramount need of having someone there to tell you that there is a problem somewhere and you must go to that particular place and help, or at least, be concerned about it. That it’s crucial, in order to provide people with effective solutions. Even though it sounds for me quite big these world affairs as a medical student, I can get some idea of the relevance of co-working between nations to solve catastrophes or natural disasters rapidly and easily. Second, I should underline the necessity of a watchdog to care about human rights, not only in the social field but inside the medical one. In spite of government’s ideas and political beliefs which must be respected without exception, medical ethics must rise above them and guide medical practice even through difficult times, like war. Third, I found during my days studying illnesses how essential was to provide doctors with unified criteria in terms of diagnosis and standard treatment, due to the huge amount of information out there, standing WHO as a reference when it comes to these issues.

Having spoken about the main traits of WHO from the perspective of a medical student, I must come up with specific ways of helping from the ground to put this message across classmates, health workers, patients and all of us, as a unified society. To start with, I would say that the most useful task that a medical student is able to perform is teaching and sharing the values of this organization, during their degree and after graduating, non-stop. This can be done through talks, workshops and performances that make these values easy to understand for everyone in and outside “the medical world”. In particular, I have to say that visual representation of the ideas provided is the most effective way of doing this, thanks to the emotional part of reasoning that we have when we not only read but see the reality that is surrounding ourselves every day.

About the author

Antonio Luque Ambrosian is a medical student at the University of Seville, Spain. Antonio is in need of thought-provoking ideas, completely new points of view and different ways of regarding medical life. From a local position, trying to get in contact with the rest of the world through organizations like IFMSA and WHO, both pioneers in supranational issues. Going through my third year of my medical degree, still charged with positive energy and motivation for the coming years, without forgetting the necessity to have a vivid and intense debate about different topics.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

THE ROAD TO GANESHA

At Davos, UN chief urges ‘big emitters’ to take climate action

In Bahrain, Global Forum for Entrepreneurs and Investment examines empowerment of women, youth through innovation

UN chief hails victory of ‘political will’ in historic Republic of North Macedonia accord

COP21 Breaking News_05 December: UN Secretary-General Announces “Climate Action 2016” Partnership

‘Repeated attacks’ could close down key hospital in eastern Libya, says WHO

UN chief highlights action across borders for ‘stable and prosperous Eurasia’

Half the world’s population is still offline. Here’s why that matters

Here’s why China’s trade deal with Mauritius matters

Bangladesh, South Africa and Bolivia all beat the US for women’s representation in politics

Climate change and its adverse impacts on health

Autonomous vehicles could clog city centres: a lesson from Boston

Speeches of Vice Premier LIU He and Vice President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen at the Press Conference of the Seventh China-EU High-level Economic and Trade Dialogue

Time to make a fundamental choice about the future of healthcare

Thinking throughout HIV: changing a perspective

OECD Steel Committee concerned about excess capacity in steel sector

Building a European Health Union: Stronger crisis preparedness and response for Europe

4 rules to stop governments misusing COVID-19 tech after the crisis

Syrian Government’s ‘different understanding’ of UN role, a ‘very serious challenge’ – Special Envoy

Illicit trade endangers the environment, the law and the SDGs. We need a global response

LGBTQ+: The social evolution of a minority

Seaweed, enzymes and compostable cups: Can ‘Big Food’ take on plastic and win?

Coronavirus: the Commission mobilises all of its resources to protect lives and livelihoods

The EU prepares for the end of LIBOR: the Commission welcomes the agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council on financial benchmarks

Our healthcare systems are ailing. Here’s how to make them better

Hiring more female leaders is good for profits. Here’s the evidence

Which countries get the most sleep – and how much do we really need?

Cancer research put at risk by General Data Protection Regulation? The possible dangers of a data privacy EU mania

Finland has just published everyone’s taxes on ‘National Jealousy Day’

Fighting against the Public Health System dismantling means guaranteeing assistance to all

8th Euronest Assembly: the future of relations with Eastern partners

Germany may prove right rejecting Commission’s bank resolution scheme

Parliament criticises Council’s rejection of money laundering blacklist

Revamp collective bargaining to prevent rising labour market inequalities in rapidly changing world of work

Summer pause gives time to rethink Eurozone’s problems

China in my eyes

Why 2020 will see the birth of the ‘trust economy’

Costa Rica is one of the world’s happiest countries. Here’s what it does differently

Providing mental health during pandemic times

Four ways Artificial Intelligence can make healthcare more efficient and affordable

Closing the gaps in accelerating women’s rights: the role of medical students

Does Draghi have another ace up his sleeve given his Quantitative Easing failure?

Youth Internationalization: part of everyday life in JADE

The link between air pollution and COVID-19 deaths

Execution of juvenile offender in Iran ‘deeply distressing’ – UN rights chief

Protecting farmers and quality products: vote on EU farm policy reform plans

What’s needed to ensure maternal health for women in vulnerable populations

Historical success for the First ever European Presidential Debate

Trump declares emergency and WHO urges speed – latest coronavirus updates

Joint U.S.-EU Statement following President Juncker’s visit to the White House

10 months were not enough for the EU to save the environment but 2 days are

European Junior Enterprises to address the significant skills mismatch in the EU between school and employment

Schools must look to the future when connecting students to the internet

The European Sting’s 2018 in most critical review

Mental health in midst of a pandemic: can we help?

EU ready to relinquish its internal tax havens

Why youth unemployment is so difficult to counter

‘Maintain calm’ and ‘exercise patience’ UN envoy urges, as Nigeria heads to polls

Why the 21st century’s biggest health challenge is our shared responsibility

Eurozone: Negative statistics bring deflation and recession closer

More Stings?

Advertising

Comments

  1. Antonio Cristóbal Luque Ambrosiani says:

    This article is from last year, despite that I leave here some references about this topic in case anyone is interested in reading them to acknowledge the work of WHO during these recent decades.

    1. Wibulpolprasert S, Chowdhury M. World health organization: Overhaul or dismantle? Am J Public Health. 2016;106(11):1910–1.
    2. WHO. Situation report: Zika virus, microcephaly, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, 10 march 2017. Situat Rep [Internet]. 2017;(March):1–5. Available from: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/254714/1/zikasitrep10Mar17-eng.pdf?ua=1
    3. Abel EK, Fee E, Brown TM. Milton I. Roemer advocate of social medicine, international health, and national health insurance. Am J Public Health. 2008;98(9):1596–7.
    4. World Health Organization (WHO). WHO strategic response plan. WHO Libr -in- Publ data [Internet]. 2016;(June 2016):1–50. Available from: http://www.who.int/about/licensing/copyright_form/en/index.htmlhttp://www.who.int/emergencies/zika-virus/en/
    5. Moon S. WHO’s role in the global health system: What can be learned from global R&D debates? Public Health [Internet]. 2014;128(2):167–72. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2013.08.014
    6. Lee HK. Success of 2013-2020 World Health Organization action plan to control non-communicable diseases would require pollutants control. J Diabetes Investig. 2014;5(6):621–2.
    7. Meier BM, Onzivu W. The evolution of human rights in World Health Organization policy and the future of human rights through global health governance. Public Health [Internet]. 2014;128(2):179–87. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2013.08.012

    Last but not least, the full name of the author is Antonio Cristóbal Luque Ambrosiani. The final i is missing. Thanks to The European Sting for publishing the article and for your reading of this article!

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s