Topic: 2024-Addressing Healthcare Worker Shortage
Delegate Name: Storm Reinbolt
Since the COVID–19 pandemic, there has been a decline in the number of healthcare workers. Whilst Cuba’s healthcare is free, there are poor conditions for its healthcare workers; salaries, facilities, equipment provisions, and presence of essential drugs are all poor in Cuba.
To train healthcare workers, Cuba will continue to provide a free training program. However, in order to encourage medical education, Cuba will decrease the amount of schooling required for the program. The six years of training and rotations will be decreased to four years, matching the U.S. and Canada.
To change the distribution of healthcare workers, Cuba will send its well-trained healthcare professionals across the world, ensuring everyone is able to receive the healthcare and attention they require. This may not lower the shortage of healthcare workers, but should prove to be a viable option to staff hospitals and other medical buildings.
To improve working conditions for healthcare workers, Cuba requires funds from NGOs, such as the Red Cross Organization, in order to increase workers’ salaries, invest in modern equipment, and afford the essential drugs required by sick and injured citizens across the world, and hopes the UN will do its best to fuel these investments.