September 16, 2019
 In 2022-Antibiotic Resistance

Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Delegate Name: Joel Beard

Delegate: Joel Beard
Country: DR Congo
Committee: ECOSOC
Topic: Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem around the world. What is antibiotic resistance? It is the ability of bacteria to fight back and defeat the abilities of the drugs designed specifically to kill them. It is basically bacteria warfare. Some countries are dedicating excessive funds and resources to the cause of fighting this pending health crisis. Other countries share the problem but are struggling to find a way to combat the problem. One of these countries is the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Antimicrobial resistance is a public health problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo as our treatment of it is considered very ineffective. So far research has not yielded satisfying results. One study aimed to show the importance of establishingestablishment of national plans for the fight against antimicrobial resistance by installing laboratories and monitoring sites in order to reduce the risk and rate of deaths due to antimicrobial resistance in the DRC.
Possible solutions: one of the first possible solutions is to set up laboratories to test the empiricalempiracal evidence and get to the root of the problem. Currently, the problem is not well understood because it has not been able to be studied well due to the corrupt government practices. The government is split on most policies and the resultant problems caused the deaths of many people. The people of the country are largely poor and the fighting and wars have caused many people to be moved into camps, which compounded the problem of infections spreading. Doctors combatted the issues by using lots of antibiotics, but it is now causing resistance to the drugs. So, laboratories would be useful because then, strains of bacteria could be studied in detail and their reaction to antibiotics. Since this problem is a world wide growing issue, it would be wise of the UN to dedicate funding, resources and professionals to this cause, both for countries like the Congo and also as a starting approach for other countries to start around the world as well.
The DRC is facing other problems like widespreadwide spread flooding in the northwest region of the country. These issues make it difficult for them to pursue solving the issues related to disease. Their health systems have deteriorated over the last few decades and this leads them to be working against themselves.

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