RESOLUTION YHC 211

FORUM: YOUTH & HEALTH COMMITTEE

QUESTION OF: Development of technology in medicine as a part of health infrastructure to overcome the deterioration of public health

SUBMITTED BY: Oman

CO-SUBMITTERS:Azerbaijan, Burundi, Chile, Egypt, Finland, Haiti, Iceland, Ireland, Lebanon, Mongolia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Uganda, UN Women, Zimbabwe.

STATUSApproved

THE YOUTH AND HEALTH COMMITTEE,

Recognizing the need for advanced digital technology for the application of effective and efficient prevention, treatment, and attainment of internationally signed health-related development goals,

Fully believing that health technologies and digital platforms equip health-care workers with tools and apparatus that are indispensable for effective and efficient health care,

Acknowledging that the COVID-19 pandemic calls for continued leadership, multilateral commitment and collaboration, among member States and with relevant United Nations entities, especially with the World Health Organization, 

Bearing in mind  the aims of improvement of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), which include safety and effectiveness,

Further recalling the Sustainable Development Goals Agreement signed in the General Assembly in September 2015 by Member States to be achieved by the year 2030,

Fully alarmed by the annual death of approximately 12 million people worldwide every year reason being the lack of digitalization and technological advancement in the field of health and medicine,

Recalling all previous conventions and treaties which have been signed and/or organized, and relevant UN-resolutions which have been passed on the issue of global healthcare accessibility, such as but not limited to the Political Declaration of the High-Level Plenary Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, 19 October 2019 (A/RES/74/2), Global Health and Foreign Policy: strengthening health system resilience through affordable health care for all, 14 December 2020 (A/RES/75/130);

 

  1. Strongly advises improvements on existing information technology systems and infrastructure or implementing new systems, which will enhance the effectiveness of the healthcare systems such as but not limited to:
    1. optimization of master patient indexes (MPIs) of countries by ensuring the input of collected information about every patient to the country’s MPI, for:
      1. making telecommunication between hospitals and their governing agencies more efficient,
      2. implementing information exchange with public health registries,
    2. promotion of clinical decision support (CDS) systems, which assists healthcare personnel in making critical clinical decisions,
    3. training for healthcare personnel, including physicians and technicians which will:
      1. be conducted by professionals assigned by local healthcare ministries which will keep track of the progress of the healthcare personnel and encourage them to train,
      2. be done on a regular basis of twice a month and have regular proficiency exams to observe the trainees’ performance,
      3. have an extensive curriculum about the information technologies used in the healthcare sector;
  2. Recommends the World Health Organization (WHO) to create a subsidiary organization named Avicenna Urgency Health Fund (AUHF), with the aim of assisting countries with insufficient healthcare systems, which will:
    1. be in cooperation with willing international and local NGOs for sending humanitarian aid to the countries in need, and this aid will include:
      1. information technology systems and infrastructure,
      2. medical devices and equipment,
    2. be supported by International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to send economic aid to the LEDCs facing  health care problems, and this aid will:
        1. be used by AUHF and United Nations for financing health infrastructure in these countries,
        2. have a low interest rate and turn back in the long term,
    3. have a special agenda focusing on accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, which is “Good Health and Well-being”;
  3. Suggests the establishment of a forum named UN Global Health Policy Forum for nations to annually come together and discuss current issues about technology implementations in global health sector, and this forum will:
    1. be attended by every UN member state in groups of minimum 10 participants, and have three types of teams based on their formation, which are:
      1. teams directly associated with a government (TDAGs) which have delegates who are selected by the member state’s ministry of health, and authorized to speak for their countries in debates with other delegations,
      2. teams of United Nations’ (TUNs) which have delegates who are working in a UN body that is related to global healthcare issues, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Avicenna Urgency Health Fund (AUHF), and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), selected by the UN body they will represent, and these teams will consolidate into one team during debates with other delegations,
      3. non-state centric teams (NSCTs) which have participants who might be experts, professors, healthcare specialists, researchers, or medicine students in a university coming from different countries and not related to any government, selected by AUHF regardless of their nationalities, and are authorized to represent a country or organization in debates,
    2. hold debates with the participation of allowed teams to decide upon the details and progress plans of future and ongoing UN-supported programmes, initiatives, or commissions which are aiming to combat regional or global healthcare system insufficiencies;
  4. Further suggests United Nations University (UNU) to give privileges to applicants from LEDCs who are applying for medicine faculty, and these privileges will be:
    1. free language course for applicants who do not know the language of the country where their UNU campus is located,
    2. extension in scholarship student quota to create opportunities for more students who are dealing with economic problems in poor countries, and the scholarship will includ price discount on plane/ship tickets, dormitory and tuition fees,
    3. free participation in panels that will host experts’ and professors’ speeches and presentations about the medicine development, implementation and effective usage of health information technology;
  5. Calls for United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in cooperation with UNICEF, and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) for the establishment of the “Future of Less Economically Developed Countries Healthcare Technology Scholarship”, as a growing deficit of personnel and their technological abilities is a factor of increasing importance in the deterioration of public health worldwide; that scholarship would:
    a) provide full-tuition scholarships to high merit students in LEDC countries, to attend accredited biomedical and software engineering programs, who must possess at least five years of working experience in their country of residence upon completion of their program
    b) work alongside willing well-known universities to ensure the security of the student scholarships provided
    use scout teams to search for strong academic students from local schools in the regions of LEDCs in order to support the future program of
    i) student exchanging
    ii) training for global academic competitions;
  6. Urges for the establishment of a master plan in every Member State  lacking developed surgeon equipment with the aim of integrating health technologies into their healthcare sectors, and this master plan will:
    1. create a fund with the assistance of IMF and World Bank for these technologies to be bought and distributed to involved countries,
    2. focus on the integration and distribution of medical devices and equipment, such as but not limited to heart-lung machines, MRI and PET scanners etc.,
    3. support countries to include related trainings and information about the control and utilization of surgical robots to medicine curriculum in universities,
    4. provide these technologies to state-owned hospitals free of charge or with price discounts,
    5. promote these technologies for privately-owned hospitals to buy and install these technologies as well, and this promotion will be done via channels, such as: 
      1. TV broadcasting,
      2. newspapers,
      3. internet ads,
    6. appoint relevant UN-organizations and NGOs to cooperate with the ministry of health in each LEDC to give advice and provide assistance about efficient integration strategies of surgery robots.
  7.  Encourages member states to work in unison to improve the provision of up to date technology, such as quality ventilation developed JamVent, by requesting companies who supply medical technology to reduce the cost of tariffs on these goods,
    the definition of “up to date” technology will be provided by the World Health Organisation to ensure a global standard,
    this increases the demand from nation-states in need which ensures profits, though if profits are not sustained, as they are predicted to by economic theory, then multinational companies and transnational corporations will be given tax breaks to balance the costs.