Safa Salem ‘20 Arab League

Safa Salem ‘20
Arab League


Safa Salem

Roots: I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, but my formal home is a small Palestinian village in East Jerusalem where my family lives now.
Academic Pursuits: I am majoring in History and Science, and minoring in Global Health and Health Policy. I hope to pursue medical school after I graduate.
MUN Experience: I have been involved in Model United Nations since my sophomore year of high school. In college, I served as the Head delegate of Harvard’s traveling Model UN team, staffed conferences in Boston, India, and Madrid (Tokyo coming soon!), and am currently the Secretary-General of HMUN’s first-ever conference in Dubai.
Favorite WorldMUN Memory: Discussing the Middle East Peace Problem with the King of Spain in Madrid.
Looking Forward to the Most: Meeting delegates from all over the world in Tokyo!

Topic: Safeguarding the Provision of Healthcare in Conflict Zones

From Sudan to Yemen and Syria to Palestine, the Middle East and North Africa are riddled with conflict. In the midst of conversations regarding peace, healthcare remains a highly neglected topic of discussion. Conflicts have often impeded the process of delivering healthcare to those in need, rendering access to health resources difficult at best. Restrictions on the freedom of movement, the targeting of doctors delivering aid, and even the use of damaging weapons like chemical warfare are all but surface-level factors that play a role in healthcare as it pertains to the region. Not all healthcare systems in the Middle East, however, suffer from the detriments of conflict. Nations like the United Arab Emirates rank among the top medical systems in the world, while its neighboring countries experience rapidly increasing casualties and health deficiencies. These disparities in health across the region are a paramount issue that beckons immediate and deliberate conversations.

 While the Arab League has traditionally focused on ways to mitigate conflict and disaster, this committee will focus on strategies aimed at safeguarding the provision of healthcare in conflict territories. This committee will dissect both the diagnoses and treatments involved in improving the quality and delivery of healthcare in the Middle East and North Africa. The body will discuss ways to do so in the major conflict areas across the region, not necessarily searching for standardized methods of delivery, but allocating a case-by-case metric for healthcare. Of all the human rights in our world, healthcare should be the most essential basic right afforded to all.