RESOLUTION YHC 222

FORUM: YOUTH & HEALTH COMMITTEE

QUESTION OF: Developing health care infrastructure to limit the deterioration of public health

SUBMITTED BY: Malta

CO-SUBMITTERS:Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Fiji, India, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Namibia, Nicaragua, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Sweden, Togo, Turkmenistan.

STATUSApproved

Recognizing the disparities in development worldwide in regards to healthcare infrastructure,

Concerned that 3.4 million people die from waterborne diseases each year due to lack of clean water,

Defines “Health” as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,

Deeply disturbed by the figure that from research by WHO that at least 50% of the world’s population remains unable to obtain essential health services and the number of households pushed into poverty due to health debts,

Emphasizing lack of hospital space, limited funds, and the deficit in health services,

Defining “health care infrastructure” as services, resources, and facilities that serve as the base for healthcare,

Recalling the Global Health and Foreign Policy Resolutions of 26 November 2008 and 12 December 2012, and their vital role in developing strong healthcare care systems in member states (A/RES/63/33, A/RES/67/81)

Further recalling international cooperation to ensure global access to medicines, vaccines, and medical equipment to face COVID-19 (A/RES/74/274)

  1. Calls for the formation of a global fund called the Global Health Infrastructure Fund (GHIF) overseen by WHO and United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to allow less developed countries to afford vital healthcare infrastructure:

a) funded by:

i. assessed contributions from international non-profit organizations and higher-income countries contributing according to their budget or Gross Domestic Product (GDP),

ii. voluntary contributions from Member States as well as other United Nations organizations, intergovernmental organizations and the private sector,

iii. fundraising through charity events,

b) as well as a joint program run by the WHO and UNICEF:

i. analyzing which countries and regions are most in need of investment,

ii. carrying out studies, looking into the most effective ways these countries can use this money, 

iii. monitoring of the use of the money by to make sure it gets to the people that need it the most;

iv. fundraising through charity events;

  1. Encourages LEDCs to extend government outreach of public health care services to cover rural families below the poverty line who do not have access to these programs through means such as:

a) the creation of mobile clinics that:

i. will enable better access to rural areas,

ii. will improve geographic access and equity by targeting poor rural communities and other vulnerable populations including pensioners, orphans, and vulnerable children,

iii. unlike traditional mobile clinic models which focus on acute care, the mobile clinics will  provide a range of services in line with the primary health care model, including routine immunizations, diagnosis and treatment of routine communicable diseases especially for the vulnerable ones,

                               iv.  will employ local citizens of each member state in the construction and managemet of these clinics in order to tackle                                        unemployment and promote sustainability at the same time as improving healthcare reception to relieve further pressure on                                 governments                 

b) Provision of proper medical equipment through methods such as, but not limited to:

i. organized donation systems of used medical supplies and technologies from developed countries that can then be repaired and shipped by organizations that collaborate with WHO such as, but not limited to, Med-share and International Aid,

ii. contributions of medical equipment from organizations such as the Red Cross,

iii. encouraging the production of cheap foldscope microscopes that can diagnose illnesses such as malaria effectively, particularly in severely impacted countries;

  1. Takes note of UNICEF and UN waters collaboration with developing governments to provide water and sanitation services to rural villages and communities in over 100 countries therefore suggesting:

a) a joint monitoring program to evaluate the effectiveness and government compliance run by UNICEF and UN water,

b) advertisements and campaigns to encourage citizens to:

i. make personal donations,

ii. volunteer their time and efforts,

c) distribution of Life Straws, P&G water purification packets, and other low-cost water filtration devices; 

  1. Proposes creating a UN advisory committee to assist nations through the modernization of their infrastructure:

a) creating a document outlining the standards of modern healthcare infrastructure to give all nations a clearer idea of where they are lacking, including:

i. recommending a number of beds per capita,

ii. establishing a limit for time for buildings to be reviewed,

iii. recommending the maximum distance from each settled community for clinics and hospitals,

iv. special attention to pregnant women, mothers, and children will be given,

b) establishing a group of experts who can advise and guide nations as they modernize their healthcare infrastructure,

c) establishing a 10-year personal healthcare infrastructure development goal for member nations;

  1. Asks for research and development of infrastructure to be carried out to make it:

a) cheaper to install and maintain, particularly for countries that may have trouble with affording it before,

b) easier to distribute particularly to areas that are in need of it;

  1. Draws attention to the need for methods of transport around medical facilities to allow people to access these services, funded in LEDCs ensuring that these transport methods are cheap and accessible to as many people as possible keeping in mind local average wages, the minimum wage of the country in question and the cost of other basic amenities.
  2. Urges all nations to develop accessible-to-all-healthcare before a set realistic date that is established by all nations in collaboration with the WHO that follows the basic aspects of a single-payer model, meeting, but not limited to, the following expectations:
    1. Government-owned services,
    2. Users of health care systems pay little to no money for treatment,
    3. Free check-ups for all citizens every six months,
    4. Quality doctors/nurses to provide quality care,
    5. Preventive care,
    6. Long term care,
    7. Reproductive health care,
    8. Prescription drugs and medical supplies,
    9. Mental health care;