September 16, 2019
 In 2023-Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention

Country: Belgium
Delegate Name: Vivienne Grzelak

Delegate: Viv Grzelak
School: Williamston High School
Country: Belgium
Committee: WHO
Topic: Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention

When it came to pandemic preparedness in Belgium, things went pretty well. With the 5th best healthcare in Europe, Belgium implemented a series of measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. When observing Flanders, Belgium (the Flemish, Dutch speaking, Northern region of Belgium) the main groups most susceptible to a pandemic were the elderly and the uneducated. In 2009 during the Influenza pandemic in Belgium only 141 out of 100000 residents went to the doctors to get a consultation for Influenza. Compared to other countries the mortality rate of this Pandemic was only 3% of the population, no more than the yearly average.

A major help when dealing with the recent COVID-19, Coronavirus, pandemic was having an extremely good healthcare system. Belgium spends the most money on healthcare in the European Union. Spending so much on healthcare and being the home base of the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance gives us many ways of communication with other countries to see how they were also dealing with the pandemic.

Although Belgium did significantly better than most nations when it came to COVID preparedness, especially because of its links to the EU and NATO. Belgium’s close connection with several European countries has made it so that Belgium was able to make several good connections with other European nations and nations overseas.

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