Position Paper / White Paper

Burkina Faso 2019 WHO - Topic 2

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Being a centralized country in Africa, the diseases that are prevalent throughout the continent are just as deadly in Burkina Faso. Diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, and HIV cause thousands of premature deaths every year. Due to a lack of proper infrastructure and a high rates of hunger and malnutrition, Burkina Faso’s population is especially prone to food and waterborne diseases. Consequently, bacterial and protozoal diarrhea is a major concern and causes up to 6 percent of all deaths in the nation.

With this in mind, progress has been made by the CDC to vaccinate civilians for diseases such as meningitis and polio, and since 1990 polio has been almost eliminated in the general population. Without clean living situations however, vaccines are essentially useless for the rest of the population. The delegation of Burkina Faso recognises the fact that there is too much variety to vaccinate everyone for every cause of death, and therefore steps must be taken to relieve this problem at its source. 

In order to ensure a healthy lifestyle for all citizens, Burkina Faso calls upon the Ministry of Health to vaccinate for bloodborne diseases that are not preventable, such as Malaria and HIV by establishing vaccination centers accessible for all citizens. After this is in effect, water and food must be regulated by such organizations to slow down infantile death by preventable diseases.