Delegate Name: Storm Reinbolt
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s most deadly infections, killing roughly 1.5 million people each year. Caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis, TB most often affects the lungs, causing chest pain, coughs, weight loss, and fevers. It spreads through the air when an infected individual coughs, sneezes, or spits; which is enough for a person to become a victim as it only takes a few germs to be infected with the deadly bacteria.
In order to address the increase of TB, Cuba will be improving the living conditions of its citizens. This will help prevent the acquisition and spread of mycobacterium tuberculosis. Cuba shall also develop a TB vaccine, in order to build up the immune systems of Cubans.
To reduce the financial burden of TB treatment, Cuba will ensure the treatment for TB is affordable, either making it completely free or cheap enough as to not cause a dramatic effect on the income of its people.
An increase of TB incidents between 2020 and 2021, likely resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on TB detection, has caused the increase of drug resistant TB cases in the Americas and South-East Asia. Cuba will address this concern by improving the living conditions for its citizens by requesting a resolution by the UN to provide aid to TB-stricken countries around the world, and motion for further funding to decrease the spread of Tuberculosis.