Conference 2014

A Step-by-Step Guideline to Writing A Position Paper

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  1. Begin with a brief statement that summarizes your country’s overall standpoint/attitude towards the issue of access to health care.
  2. Provide a summary of the health care system of your country, with specific regard for the key themes outlined in the theme guide including…
    • Epidemiology
      • Demography
      • Burden of disease
      • Top causes of mortality and morbidity
    • Social and cultural attitudes surrounding health care
      • Stigmas
      • Local medical customs
    • Health care delivery
      • Infrastructural systems
      • Allocation of resources
      • Role of governments
    • Technology and Information
      • Electronic health (e-health)
      • Mobile health (m-health)
      • Technology in government health systems
      • Health care innovations involving technology
  3. Describe the present state of access to health care in your country, including details such as:
    • Information on recent issues relating to access to care
    • Level of dependence on foreign aid by state and private actors
    • Governmental transparency and accountability
    • Presence of moderators, such as watchdog NGO’s, the WHO or UN
    • The state of the national health care system and the development of health infrastructure
    • The nature of your country’s domestic and foreign policy – consider if health care is a major priority for your country.
    • (Some key things to mention: payment systems common in your country, the structure of the health care system, the role of pharmaceutical companies, the roles of NGO’s, how health care is organized and distributed).
  4. Propose possible solutions and steps your country is willing to take in order to eradicate issues of access to heath care.

Conducting your research

Although this year’s topic of debate is access to health care, it is important that you have a firm understanding of the fundamental information describing the overall condition of your country. Research beyond the realm of corruption not only provides a comprehensive understanding of your country’s domestic and foreign policies, but also helps in visualizing the interwoven connections between corruption and social, political, cultural, or economic factors that greatly influence the efficiency of health policies. For some helpful resources check out our website. Take note of some of these points mentioned below:

Physical Geography

  • General topography
  • Coastlines
  • Climate
  • Neighbouring countries
  • Natural resources available

Population and Society

  • Ethnic groups
  • Languages spoken
  • Religious divisions
  • Age structure and population growth
    • Life expectancy
    • Mortality and birth rates
  • Education

Government and Politics

  • Current government in power
  • Head of State
  • Major political parties

Economy

  • GDP (overall, per capita, real growth rate)
  • Labour force, unemployment rates
  • Major exports/imports
  • Major trading partners

Health Care

  • Health expenditures
  • HIV/AIDS prevalence
  • Major infectious diseases
  • Levels of malnutrition

Position Papers

Crisis Committee

Asian Regional Block

American Regional Block

African Regional Block

European Regional Block

Pharmas/NGOs/Journalists