Forum: The Economic and Social Council
Issue: Strengthening health education
Student Officer: Yewon Kim
According to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), “Health education is any combination of learning experiences designed to help individuals and communities improve their health, by increasing their knowledge or influencing their attitudes.”
Medical technology is advancing at a tremendous rate making with the most developed areas now performing 3D-printed organ transplants and bone marrow STEM cell transplants. Despite efforts and improvements over time the challenge remains enormous; health gaps mirror economy and equality gaps. In many poorer countries, the number of health workers such as doctors and nurses in proportion to the population can be small and in many rural settings but even more importantly many people do not trust the western medicine and never visit hospitals when suffering a sickness.
Making people more health literate will possibly save more lives than investing on new hospitals. The UN has already cooperated with governments to work towards providing free health care but the public still lacks knowledge on methods to avoiding sickness or finding help when contaminated. This leads to the continuous spread diseases such as HIV in Africa and South Asia hence increasing health literacy is one of the most effective solutions to increasing the quality of life for people in poverty. Moreover, healthier people can contribute to the economy and society more easily, which for poorer countries is even more essential.
Definition of Key Terms
A medical terminology referring to newborn human infants in their first month of life after birth.
Death during pregnancy, childbirth or within 42 days of termination of the pregnancy from causes related to pregnancy.
Death during pregnancy, childbirth or within 42 days of termination of the pregnancy...