Zoonotic Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a growing global health concern wherein microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites develop the ability to withstand the effects of antimicrobial drugs. This renders previously effective treatments ineffective, leading to prolonged illnesses, increased healthcare costs, and higher mortality rates. AMR arises primarily due to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human medicine, as well as their widespread use in agriculture and livestock. Zoonotic diseases are infections that can be transmitted from animals to humans, often through direct contact or consumption of contaminated food. These diseases, such as Ebola, COVID- 19, and avian influenza, can have profound impacts on global health. Zoonotic outbreaks can spread rapidly across borders, causing widespread illness, death, and straining healthcare systems. Factors like deforestation, climate change, and increased human-animal interaction contribute to the emergence of zoonotic diseases. To effectively address zoonotic threats, a multidisciplinary One Health approach is essential, integrating human, animal, and environmental health considerations.
Committee B DIAS
Laura Jose Rosa Pereira
Hello everyone, my name is Laura Rosa and I am a third-year Global Health student specializing in Policy, Management and Systems. Growing up as an immigrant, I developed a passion for human rights advocacy and particularly the universal right to health, which led me to the Global Health program. Outside the classroom I work as a Research Assistant with Dr. Harvey Skinner and Susan Harris on the Wellness Impact Lab, I co-lead the GHSA’s Events Planning Team, and I manage the All in Good Health Podcast. After participating as a delegate in the 2023 WHA Simulation, I was inspired to rejoin and take on a more active leadership role this year - now as a DIAS member. I look forward to chairing this committee and help make this simulation a rewarding experience for everyone involved. See you all in May 2024!
Hello! My name is Hinadi Faheem. I am a second-year Global Health student specializing in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Currently, I am a member of the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) within the Acute Care for Elders and Dementia at Brampton Civic Hospital. In this program, I am responsible for giving Dementia and Delirium patients a sense of comfort. Our approach towards the care of these patients is through the “butterfly model of care”. The butterfly model of care is a holistic sensory connection between an emotional aspect of Dementia and Delirium patients. This is a strong and effective method that has helped several patients recover from their condition. Servicing within the community is one of my favorite practices! I am pleased to hold the position of Vice Chair for the Committee of Zoonotic Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance within the 2024 World Health Assembly Stimulation at York University!
Hello everyone! My name is Jasleen Nagra and I am a fourth-year student pursuing a double major/minor in Global Health and Psychology at York University. I am interested in studying microbiology, and I am passionate about helping communities and addressing health inequities. I am eager to take on new leadership roles and membership commitments. As a member of the Global Health Student Association, I am committed to supporting activities and services on campus, such as tutoring global health courses for this academic year. Outside of York University, I volunteer at the William Osler Health Centre to support people during their vulnerable times. I am very excited to take on the role of a secretary for the zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance committee. I look forward to connecting with my peers and professors, to learn and help facilitate an engaging conference at the 2024 WHA simulation.