BBC: What’s Happening in the Regions?

The PAHO/AMRO region sheds light on their current systems implemented in their countries. Primarily, it is impressive to note that a majority of the countries of these regions have some sort of universal health care. Perhaps the most impressive that Brazil brought up is their system of registering pregnancies with the state in-order that the state is able to oversee the journey of the pregnancies. Brazil also bring up to concerns of USA regarding the opioid crisis within the USA.  Brazil states that this system is in place to target women that are susceptible to such crisieses. The overall consensus within all the countries is that there needs to be greater education about the topic towards adoscolents. Primarily, they wish to bring this to the rural areas where there access is not available. Additionally, the issue that in rural areas many girls do not go to secondary school and that in itself can have its implications. USA takes the unique stance that there should be a greater sense of local autonomy such as having discussions be the job of parents rather than schools and that reason being that many schools are religiously conscious and that leads to abstinence being the solution given.

 

The SEARO/WPRO region takes the unique stance of building trust between the local autonomies and the people. Focusing on the want to build local health care centers in order to combat the issue regarding stigma around STIs. Their solution to reach the rural areas is to be done through mobile health services. Surprisingly enough, DPRK seems willing enough to allow these NGOs into the country to provide aid for their people. China and the DPRK are working closely together and claim that there are no issues within the fleeing people of the DPRK, but rather china says “people cross the border all the time” and “our hospitality industry is one of the best” to add to this DPRK adds that “even though not known our hospitality industry is very well itself”. Moreover, when asked about how the safety of NGOs will be ensured, DPRK believes that they can enter the country at their own risk. To end on a happy note, the rest of the region plans to allow both the use of NGOs and the government.

 

On day one, observing in the EMRO region BBC watched the debate regarding religion and contraceptives. Sudan brought up the point about to what extent should religion be put over general health safety. This was a unique stance but unfortunately many other countries in the region believe that resources such as contraceptives should only be provided if it is in coordination with islamic law. The issue on how to promote safe sexual and reproductive health raised the questions about if the answer to this is safe sex or abstinence. Abstinence was the popular answer because islamic law prohibits sex outside of marriage, as pointed out by pakistan. Saudi Arabia quickly said that we should allow for people to get the help that they deserve,but we should directly go against our culture. Child marriage is another issue that we see in the EMRO Region, many countries such as Egypt have banned child marriage and want to see that it is banned in other countries as well, however other countries countered with a neutral stance on this issue and repeated that they shouldn’t enforce a ban but rather promote it and ensure that any changes are changes that do not go against islamic culture.

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