RESOLUTION YHC 231

FORUM: YOUTH & HEALTH COMMITTEE

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

SUBMITTED BY: New Zealand

CO-SUBMITTERS:Paraguay, DR Congo, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mexico, Palestinian Authority.

STATUSSubmitted

THE YOUTH AND HEALTH COMMITTEE,

Reaffirming the United Nations’ commitment to its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals including ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all,

Alarmed that the strain on healthcare systems as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing the continuation of preventative healthcare measures in LEDC countries such as the widespread vaccination of vulnerable populations against common, yet preventable diseases such as measles, yellow fever, and hepatitis,

Deeply concerned by the increasing poverty and insufficient healthcare resources in LECDs according to the World Bank’s studies and estimations for the future economy, 

Fully alarmed of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and how each nation’s economy and healthcare system has been affected by the global health emergency,

Applauding the WHO, all NGOs 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. Encourages MEDC countries who are able to increase their funding to work towards a worldwide pandemic plan, invest in the vaccines, antibiotics, and other drugs in the fight against pathogens ations will provide distributors with the help and supervision of such as but not limited to World Bank (WB) in order to:
    1. assist and scrutinize pharmaceutical companies to help them improve their drugs to make them more durable, sustainable and effective,
    2. help the pharmaceutical companies to have enough resources and funding to distribute their medicines as quickly and efficiently as possible to the places most affected by the pandemic/epidemic,
    3. sustain that the drug distributions are taking place accordingly without any delay or confusion by using teams under control of the World Bank to detect the financial flow between countries and distributions of the drugs,
    4. encourage and assist member states to reach the goals set by AWaRe in the fight against antibacterial resistant bacteria;
  2. Calls upon all governments to detect the need of masks and provide free or very cheap masks with the support of World Health Organization (WHO) by;
    1. Entrusting the local authorities and municipalities to send teams to rural areas in which the pandemic case detection process is slow or insufficient,
    2. Collaborating with World Health Organization (WHO) and forming teams to inspect the number of cases and citizens who are more at risk in the urban areas,
    3. Collaborating with the leading businesses which produce masks and:
      1. encouraging them by giving assurance about the fact that the government will buy a specific portion of their masks to increase their production
      2. sending government linked teams with the assistance of NGOs such as World Health Organization (WHO) to these factories in order to conduct any and all experiments to ensure that the masks are completely harmless, quality and effective when used in the amount of time recommended
      3. deciding on the member states and especially World Health Organization (WHO) to increase their budgets and attention for epidemiologic research about the efficiency and protection rate of the masks, and publish weekly statistics;
  3. Calls upon the World Health Organization to urgently support LEDC member nations by establishing additional temporary preventative healthcare centers that combine vaccination programs, refeeding, sanitation, and PPE distribution by providing:
    1. logistical advice on where to set up temporary preventative health facilities to have access to supplies and reach the most people in need,
    2. preventative health supplies specific to national factors such as climate and endemic diseases, such as, but not limited to:
      1. PPE for workers, including masks, gloves, face shields, and hair nets
      2. PPE for civilians such as face masks and insect-guarding bed nets
      3. sanitary supplies such as soap, hand sanitizer, and rubbing alcohol
      4. food sourced from local agriculture where possible for severely malnourished patients
      5. Vaccines against tuberculosis, hepatitis, HPV, tetanus, yellow fever, and measles
      6. Treatments for bacterial and parasitic infections such as antimalarial drugs, “worm pills,” antibiotics
      7. Contraceptives also provided to aid in the prevention of STDs 
    3. limited numbers of on the ground WHO staff to assist in training local workers to distributing supplies, administering vaccines, and properly diagnosing common illnesses;
  4. Asks the World Health Organization to study and issue a report on the most efficient ways healthcare facilities, based on their staffing size and access to resources, can implement measures such as:
    1. reducing the need to reintegrate exposed critical infrastructure workers by:
      1. identifying and prioritize job functions essential for continuous operation;
      2. cross-training employees to perform critical job functions so the workplace can operate even if important employees are not present
      3. matching critical job functions with other skilled and available workers who have not been exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19
      4. analyzing sick-leave policies and considering modifying them to make sure that employees are aware of and understand these thoroughly, as well as avoiding contact among ill workers in the workplace:
  5. Invites all members states to increase the funding to the Global Health Estimates, Essential medicines and health products, and Mental health programs of the WHO that perform in LEDCs and rural, disadvantaged, and underdeveloped areas:
      1. in order to raise public awareness about the pandemic and possible ways of protection by:
        1. organizing workshops with epidemiologists and psychologists to inform of the physical and mental risks of the pandemic 
        2. supplying internet access to these communities in order to reduce the amount of false information they are provided with
        3. taking advantage of mass media, to spread real-time statistics which would be supervised by the Global Health Estimates workers to ensure the proper information of the people
      2. to guarantee low-cost basic quality treatment to all people in these communities affected by such pandemics, by: 
        1. planning and implementing the rapid and sustainable rehabilitation of health systems and services through the recollection of funds from the Essential Medicines and Health Products, and the increases in international support from countries with a lower impact in economic and labor terms 
        2. collaborating with the Essential Medicines and Health Products to develop a plan that would reduce the burden of the medical personnel in more developed areas so that more medical staff can be allocated for cures in the areas in more need of support
      3.  to develop an online health program in collaboration with the Mental health program funded by the WHO in order to:
        1. provide at distance psychological support for those in need due to the psychological burden of the pandemic
        2. provide psychology forums that will serve as virtual support groups where people can share anonymously their experiences and comment on others as well as having experts that respond privately.