Nada Attia '20 World Health Organization

Nada Attia '20
World Health Organization


Nada Attia

Where are you from? I am from North Dakota (yes it does exist)
What do you study? At Harvard, I am majoring in sociology with a minor in global health and health policy. I am very interested in the social determinants of health, which is why I am interested in discussing cancer prevention strategies especially as they relate to socioeconomic status within this committee?
Favorite TV shows? Psych, Jane the Virgin, Gilmore Girls
What are you most excited about for WorldMUN? Honestly, to chair a committee and to be able to meet and hang out with my delegates!! I also chaired a committee in 2017 and loved getting to know all of my delegates then and cannot wait to get to know more WorldMUN delegates as they are always amazing

Topic: The Prevention of Cancer

In 2018, there were 17 million new cases of cancer worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies 30 to 50 percent of those cancer cases as preventable, and states that with the avoidance of risk factors and the implementation of evidence based prevention strategies, this cancer burden could be greatly reduced. The current global burden of cancer weighs most heavily on less well off parts of the globe, with nearly 70 percent of deaths from cancer occurring in low and middle-income countries. However, the weight of the cancer burden is apparent in every country within the globe, with 1 in 6 deaths globally being due to cancer. Improving the implementation of cancer prevention strategies will not only reduce the mortality and economic and social harms associated with this devastating illness, but also reaffirm the globe’s commitment to health as a universal human right- and with that, the right to preventative care regardless of income or status. How does one work within vastly disparate existing healthcare systems across the globe, to ensure ease of access to cancer screening and a uniform quality of diagnostics? Are there cancer prevention strategies that can be applied universally, despite differential causes of cancer burden between low and middle-income, and high income countries? What can be done to navigate differing cultural norms regarding risk factors associated with cancer, delivery of preventative care, and knowledge of the illness? Through this committee, we must work to address these factors in a varying global healthcare landscape while striving for legislation that mandates cancer prevention strategies accessible for and targeted to every person.