RESOLUTION YHC 212

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: Lebanon

CO-SUBMITTERS:Argentina, Botswana, Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Dominican Republic, Greece, Honduras, ILO (Labour), Netherlands, Niger, Somalia, UNICEF, Venezuela.

STATUSApproved

THE YOUTH & HEALTH COMMITTEE,

 

Alarmed by the significant gap between more economically developed countries and less economically developed countries in terms of the usage of medical technology,

Taking into consideration the current outstanding technological advancements on other issues,

Emphasizing the importance of finding a feasible solution to this urgent issue as soon as possible,

Defines LEDCs as Less Economically Developed Countries and defines MEDCs as More Economically Developed Countries, 

Noting with regret that Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDC’s) sometimes have no access to medical technology, 

Noting further, that developing countries around the world may have an absence in the department of technological advancements,

Bearing in mind the World Health Organization’s manifesto for a healthy covid recovery in regards to the prescription of ‘Invest in essential services, from water and sanitation to clean energy in healthcare facilities, 

Reaffirming the resolution of A/RES/74/274 20 April 2020 which calls upon all member states to prevent, within their legal framework, undue stockpiling that may hinder access to effective and affordable medical equipment; in the current climate this includes medical technology,

Applauding the WHO, all NGOs, and member states working to provide healthcare to those in need, and healthcare workers in every nation for their sustained and continued efforts in saving lives throughout the pandemic, during wars, and all other times;

 

  1. Asks for the creation of an index called the Healthcare Development Index (HCDI) for facilitating the solution process of this issue by providing a clear look at each Member State’s healthcare infrastructure, which will:
    1. be composed of several subcomponents, such as but not limited to:
      1. the Healthcare Accessibility Index (HCAI), which will consider how accessible the healthcare system is in each member state in terms of physical accessibility and economical accessibility
      2. the Medical Technology Index (MTI), which will focus on how technology is used in each member state’s healthcare infrastructure
      3. the Medical Education Index (MEI), which will be related to the medical educational resources available in each member state;
    2. be prepared by the newly-established Healthcare System Tracking Commission (HESTCOM) which will:
      1. be operating under the World Health Organization (WHO)
      2. be composed of one delegate from each country and an optional second delegate upon the request of the member states
      3. be divided into sub-commissions for specific subregions determined by the UN, such as but not limited to Western Europe, Eastern Africa, and Central Asia for the purpose of facilitating the operations of the commission
      4. analyze the data provided by the WHO and each member state’s local health authority with the help of experts in the topic
      5. publish highly detailed reports on a yearly basis to the public;
    3. giving special attention to less economically developed countries (LEDCs) by the newly-established sub-commission called Healthcare Tracking in Less Economically Developed Countries Sub-commission (HETLEDCOS) operating under the HESTCOM, which will:
      1. be composed of three delegates from each LEDC and one delegate from each volunteering more economically developed country (MEDC), and be specifically responsible for tracking the healthcare infrastructure of the LEDCs, especially the factors, such as but not limited to accessibility, affordability, use of technology, medical education, and public awareness
      2. be also responsible for determining each LEDC’s need in terms of healthcare infrastructure, and create and publish highly detailed reports on a yearly basis with HESTCOM and WHO
      3. work with NGOs, such as but not limited to Doctors without Borders and United Nations Foundation to try to fulfill each LEDC’s specific need in terms of healthcare infrastructure, especially technological infrastructure;
    4. assign a number between 0 and 1 to each member state for an overall HDCI value, and separate HCAI, MTI, and MEI values, 1 denoting the most developed and 0 indicating the least developed on these matters, and the numerical parameters will be determined by HESTCOM, and divide member states into four distinct categories according to their HCDIs as follows:
      1. 0.800-1.000 denoting very high quality healthcare system,
      2. 0.650-0.799 denoting high quality healthcare system,
      3. 0.500-0.649 denoting medium quality healthcare system,
      4. 0.350-0.499 denoting low quality healthcare system;
  2. Suggests all member states make the clinical trial procedures and other testing procedures faster for the purpose of facilitating the implementation of new technologies; thus, attracting more companies in the medical technology sector and stimulating an advancement in terms of healthcare infrastructures, especially of technological infrastructures of all countries;
  3. Emphasizes the importance of online platforms for keeping track of citizens’ healths and encourages all member states to create online platforms for this matter that will have the following properties:
    1. it will be controlled by the government and will not be privatized, and the governments will report their data usage to HESTCOM on a monthly basis to prevent any data misusage
    2. everyone will have access to this platform, regardless of age, gender, and socioeconomic status, it will be free of any charge and advertisement without any exception, and the platform will be available as a mobile downloadable application and as a website and it will be available in the official language(s) of the country;the platform will offer audible resources as well taking into account countries with low literacy rates;
  4. Suggests that nations prioritize physical healthcare technology while allocating their annual budgets for healthcare construction and development and pay special attention to areas within each member nations which suffer the lowest amount of hospital beds per capita through methods such as taking the necessary measures to guarantee clean and running water by:
      1. groundwater systems should be accessible for everyone wherein each region should build a well so the water can then be brought to the surface by a pump to all national healthcare facilities all year round to ensure:
        1. higher standards of medical care
        2. safer work environments for healthcare workers and medical staff
      2. continuing or working to provide healthcare facilities with access to secure electricity all year round by:
        1. further investing in electricity infrastructure within areas densely populated in each member state
        2. conducting annual surveillance of healthcare facility electricity sources to prevent long term or sudden damage which could compromise the effectiveness or safety of facilities
      3. allowing for the electronic transmittal of medical information by:
        1. enable the possibility of telemedicine, where the health professionals from larger, more developed hospitals are able to reach out to remote communities and consult patients
        2. use smartphones with pre-installed communication services with other medical professionals both inside and outside of the rural areas, creating a coordinated medical system
        3. utilize solar -powered equipment boxes and backpacks that include the daily necessities and sterilization materials to treat individuals on-the-go;
  5. Calls upon member states to begin or continue funding medicinal research within the healthcare workforce sector among each member nation, to their own ability, and with monetary assistance when needed from the IMF and World Bank by:
        1. economically supporting scientific researchers and doctors, especially in regards to research concerned with the current COVID-19 pandemic through:
          1. monetary assistance when needed
          2. allocation of safe and hygienic laboratories and hospitals to allow for this, research to take place
        2. accepting and assisting, when possible, with COVID-19 vaccination, development and distribution within each member nation and internationally, by:
          1. prioritizing the safe vaccination of all citizens of member states
          2. collaborating multilaterally to ensure the most effective and efficient delivery of the vaccine globally
        3. committing to ensuring the developments made in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to the medical technology field be used for the wellbeing of the global population, putting the most vulnerable and at risk first;
  6. 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:
    1. provide full tuition scholarships to high merit students in LEDC countries, who must possess at least five years of working experience in their country of residence upon completion of their program
    2. work alongside willing well-known universities to ensure the security of the student scholarships provided
    3. 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
      1. student exchanges
      2. training for global academic competitions;
  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:
    1. the definition of “up to date” technology will be provided by the World Health Organisation to ensure a global standard
    2. 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.