One in four people will require mental health care at some point in their lives, but in many countries, only two percent of all health sector resources are invested in mental health services. As of today, only about 40% of individuals with a mental health disorder receive treatment, leaving millions undiagnosed, mistreated and abandoned in a broken health care system. The National Council for Behavioral Health has identified the following barriers to accessibility, including high cost, insufficient insurance coverage, limited options, long waits, lack of awareness and social stigma. As more healthcare organizations continue to expand services for mental health, we must foster a culture of awareness and education to de-stigmatize conditions that affect millions in our society. For the vast majority of mental illnesses, there are a range of effective treatments that can reduce symptoms and allow you live a happier, fuller life. Treatment and recovery is possible. We must now focus our efforts on making it accessible to those who need it.

Sexual reproductive diseases such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) have been theorized to exist since the 1920s and became a pressing social issue in the 1980s in the United States. In 2017, there were upwards of 1.8 million new cases of HIV, and more than 940,000 cases of HIV-related illnesses worldwide. Developing nations in Africa have the largest percentage of populations of adults living with HIV/AIDS. Nigeria and South Africa alone have a combined total 10 million citizens living with HIV. For a disease that has been rampant for over 30 years, this needs to stop. In today’s modern world, joint programs such as the UNAIDS have pledged to eradicate the AIDS epidemic by the year 2030. Though this goal is ambitious it is obtainable with all present members coming together to unite as a front against HIV and AIDS.

Will we solve the pressing challenges that prevent access to mental healthcare worldwide? Or will we be successful in assisting to eradicate the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030? The Director and Chair are excited to witness what you can provide the committee through your resolutions and speeches.


ISABELLA PEREA / DIRECTOR

Isabella Perea is a senior at FIU majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Chemistry and French on a premedical track. She joined the team last year, traveled to four conferences and chaired the World Health Organization at FIMUN 31. Aside from Model UN, she enjoys volunteering in the emergency department at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, interning at South Beach Vision Optometry and working as a research assistant at the IMIC Medical Research Center. Whenever Isabella is not stressing about her organic chemistry homework or trying to beat Miami traffic, you will find her at your nearest coffee shop probably taking cute pictures of her food and leisurely reading a book, ignoring her responsibilities!

 

RICARDO VAZQUEZ / CHAIR

Ricardo Vazquez is a sophomore at FIU majoring in International Relations and double minoring in Political Science and Economics. He is also working on a Latin American Studies Certificate and a National Security Certificate. He has participated in Model UN for three years now, with his first conference being FIMUN 29. He is new to the team, seeing as he joined the spring of 2019, and was a part of FIMUN 31, where he staffed and co-chaired NATO 2080’s Joint Crisis Committee.