In Syria and its neighboring countries, there are millions of refugees that seek refuge in other nations. These refugees are plagued by the horrible conditions of traveling and the healthcare that they are provided, which is reflected in the illness rates of their general population. However, the quality of healthcare differs based on their country of settlement and where the refugees reside (for example a camp).Egypt has always held healthcare for Syrian refugees in high regard due the the large population of them in the country.
We have made steps towards access the healthcare by making it free for all refugees. Other past actions include the Egypt National Refugee and Resilience Plan 2016-2017.Communicable diseases are thriving due to poor living conditions, personal hygiene, and water quality. Lebanon saw a vast increase in cases diseases such as measles and hepatitis A over the past couple of years. The WHO should work on preventing these communicable ailments by standardizing housing and focusing on providing safe water.
Egypt will provide raw materials and financial aid for repairing/rebuilding living units and the transportation of safe water. In 2015, cholera was a major issue in Iraq, increasing safety concerns of the outbreak over country borders. Egypt believes that with the new policies in implementation, the WHO can mitigate some environmentally related illnesses (with better living conditions) and thus reduce the risk of native populations of other countries to be inflicted with these diseases. This means that they will hopefully be less reluctant to accept refugees, but even so Egypt believes that this is not a justification for rejecting peoples because thorough screenings can be implemented. Management of noncommunicable diseases is also a major challenge. There are many cases of diabetes among Syrian refugees.
There are also a large amount of people that are severely injured from areas of war and battle. Egypt proposes the WHO invest in surgical facilities to combat both of these problems. Egypt will provide financials, and these facilities will lessen the strain on public health infrastructure by combatting shortages of equipment. This will also make sure that OBGYN care services are provided to women. But the problem of stigmas about reproductive health is still an issue, as are the mental illness stigmas that can turn away host nations.
To address this, Egypt proposes to educate host nations on both of these issues to make the treatment of the conditions more common and available.Concerning ghost refugees, Egypt believes that a short term solution would allow humanitarians to bring aid to ghost refugees with the permission of the other countries of the United Nations. To do this, the WHO would need to revise their policy that prohibits humanitarians from entering Syrian territory. This would bring ghost refugees some aid, as they are technically not real refugees and do not enjoy the benefits the WHO provides. In the long term, Egypt believes that the WHO should extend their refugee policy to ghost refugees.
We believe this because we do not want any of the issues we are facing with refugees currently to be problems that ghost refugees face as well, and want to implement our solutions to anyone/everyone we can.