United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Health Issues in Conflict Zones
Originally established in 1967 as a trust fund, the United Nations Population Fund (renamed from the United Nations Fund for Population Activities) is the lead United Nations agency tasked with the promotion of population programmes, as well as directing and coordinating projects supported by the UNFPA. The UNFPA leads many such programmes worldwide, providing crucial funding to the development of health programmes in developing countries.
Recognisant of the fact that certain regions of the world still face a looming threat of political instability and conflict to this day, it is crucial to safeguard the health of civilians in these regions. In the aftermath of conflict, healthcare systems are left debilitated, following the destruction of key infrastructure such as healthcare facilities, and the targeting of medical personnel. Other sub-issues, including violence against women in conflict zones, alongside widespread famine also pose major risks to the health of the population.
While there have been notable efforts made by varying levels of the international community to resolve this issue, the problems are exacerbated when aid delivery to conflict zones is slowed or halted by various weaknesses in the healthcare provision and distribution system. Considering the different nature of conflicts and the spiralling need to resolve the issue comprehensively to prevent further loss of lives and violation of rights, delegates of this committee will discuss how best to present policies and allocate aid.