TOPIC A Healthcare Access and Equity in Areas of Conflict
TOPIC B Migration of Refugees
DELEGATION SIZE Double
- Lily Hong
- Farah Dougan
Founded in 1945, the League sought to strengthen political, economic, and social ties by discussing relevant issues, such as education, scientific progress, cultural diversity, and petroleum. The league has five main committees: political, economic, social and
cultural, legal and Palestinian affairs in which each country has a vote. The members of the Arab League have cooperated numerous times since its inception, but have also been at odds in regard to issues like the Syrian government’s treatment of protesters, leading to the suspension of Syria’s membership in the league in 2011.
This committee focuses on economic growth in zones of refugee migrations. According to the UNHCR, out of the five countries producing the most refugees in the world, three of them are in the Arab league; in looking at the largest number of refugees relative to a country’s national population, the top two are in the Arab League. For the millions of refugees in the Arab region, there is a decrease in human rights, educational opportunities, access to healthcare, and more. For the host countries, there is a lack of resources and incapacity to fully meet the needs of these refugees. With fears on behalf of refugees’ health and safety and on behalf of the host nations’ security and economic development, the refugee crisis is pertinent in both the short-term and in the long-term.
It is an intuitive fact that in areas of conflict, rates of injury and death tend to spike. While conflict, war, and terrorism have a direct relation to injudry and death rates, these also are often inversely related to the quality of healthcare. Over the past few decades, we’ve seen how conflicts in the Middle East such as the rise of ISIS, the Syrian Civil War, and violence along the Gaza strip have impacted the people that call these regions home. As a consequence of the breakdown of civil structures, these people have limited access to inequitable, low quality healthcare in spite of the fact that it is more necessary for them than it is for others. In context of the Arab League, we will be discussing how healthcare systems have been impacted in zones of interest, and we encourage you to work to find a path by which we can reestablish the infrastructure of healthcare in conflict regions within the Arab League.