Head Chair: Alexa Bornstein Co-Chair:Rhea Bhakri Moderator: Larry Jiang
Abstract: In the year 2012, 5.9 million individuals died from an infectious disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since then, the numbers have continued to substantially increase year after year. In addition to the deaths they cause, the rate of infectious diseases themselves, such as HIV and meningitis, have continued to skyrocket throughout Africa as a whole. From an average African hospital being approximately three to four years behind the most up to date technology to the millions who cannot afford any form of medical treatment, sickness has plagued virtually every region of the continent. To make matters worse, these deadly illnesses aren't showing any signs of decreasing in the near future. The world and even the 55 countries that make up this continent have begun to turn their backs on their own suffering people. With little recent attention being given to working to solve the issue at hand, Africa is still viewed as the place of the inevitably poor and sickly; however, it does not have to be this way any longer. As delegates in the African Union, it is your responsibility to turn your full attention to eliminating the spread of infectious disease through a series of innovative, thoughtful solutions. Through hard-work and collaboration this issue can and will be solved.
Letter from the Chair: Hey delegates! My name is Alexa Bornstein and I am so excited to be your chair for the African Union at Southmunc V. This is my third year of participating in MUN and I have loved every moment of it. It has been a way for me to make amazing friends, develop my public speaking skills, and expand my knowledge of global issues. I am currently a junior at High School South. Aside from MUN, I spend most of my time dancing, participating in various school activities such as writing for my school newspaper, tutoring children at HomeFront, advocating for women's rights as a part of Unapologetically Female and watching the most typical shows you can think of on Netflix. In the African Union committee, we will be discussing the issue of the spread of infectious disease. In committee, I am looking for delegates who are constantly engaging in a high level of debate, collaboration, and problem solving. I also hope to see various unique solutions that look deep into the issue, rather than solutions that just scratch the surface of the matter. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. I can’t wait to meet all of you and look forward to the exciting committee ahead of us! Sincerely, Alexa Bornstein