Second-year Medical student, Mr Mohamed Hoosen Suleman, has been appointed to serve as Theme Officer on the Organising Committee for the London World Health Organization (LonWHO) Simulation, an event held in the first week of November each year.
The WHO Simulations, which were launched at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2017, aim to raise awareness of global health issues and offer students and young professionals the opportunity to develop skills in health policy and diplomacy.
Suleman’s skills, commitment and passion for research impressed the UKWHO Central Committee, resulting in him being part of the team that will plan this year’s LonWHO Conference, alongside medical and public health students from the United Kingdom and other countries. As Theme Officer, he will conduct research on current global health topics in line with the World Health Assembly agenda for 2020. These will be discussed with the rest of the organising committee and a theme guide will be compiled for participants and delegates.
The LonWHO event is an educational simulation where participants recreate the process of the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) held at the (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva. The WHA is the decision-making organ of the WHO.
Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine said: ‘The LonWHO conference is a unique opportunity for the future generation to put themselves in somebody else’s shoes, to challenge personal viewpoints and, importantly, to develop essential skills in building alliances, making concessions where needed and fostering collaboration. This is how we make progress.’
‘It is an honour to be working with colleagues abroad in creating a simulation of the WHA. We have decided that the theme for this year’s event will be Pandemics: Preparedness, Response and Recovery. I look forward to working with the team and building mutually beneficial relationships with passionate and committed young professionals,’ said Suleman.