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El Salvador Topic A: Refugees The issue over whether or not to accept refugees into a country is a serious.

El Salvadors National Assembly of the Law on Refugee Status Determination passed a legistlation in 2002 transferring the determination of refugee status from UNHCR to a newly created committee, the Commission for the Determination of Refugee Status overseen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior. We also believe in creating local structures to deal with any asylum-seekers and refugees arriving from other parts of the world. Topic B: Dengue Fever Dengue fever is one of the most serious illnesses that can be contracted in Latin America, making it a major problem for most of the people here. For every 100,000 people, there are about 34 cases, and slmost 22,000 people reported that they contracted the disease in 2008, which was a 20-fold increase on five years earlier. In order to prevent as many outbursts as possible, our government has started a health campaign against the mosquito that causes it. Our country gathers citizens to disinfect water, clean idle losts, and fumigate houses, which, overtime, will eliminate these mosquitoes with the support of health instituitions and private enterprises. It is such an important issue to our country that we have fined any citizen who doesnt cooperate with the fumigations. Because dengue fever itself can be very treatable, we believe that any person who exhibits flu-like symptoms should get tested, incase they will contract dengue hemorrhagic fevor, which is especially harmful to young children and the elderly. Topic C: HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDs is a serious epidemic that plagues our country, with almost 3500 of all adults living here suffering from the illness. Our government is big on providing free testing for anyone who wants it, and we also have passed legislation that protects the patients rights and guarantees access to treatment. In 1987, we created the National AIDs Program, which works closely with various state ministries and nongovernmental organizations. HIV tests are a requirement for any job applicants, and there is a weekly TV program called Lets Talk about Aids in which the disease is discussed in a public setting. Because almost 25% of out population are

immigrants, we also provide services to any forigners and have created 12 different migration points that carry out HIV/AIDS related activities. We also believe in the implementation of a vertical transmission prevention program, for its been proven to work. In 2001, because of this, we saw an 89% drop in children born with HIV. One of our major goals is to educate as many people about how HIV is transmitted, as well as what they can do to prevent catching it, as more than 60% of the people who test positive are uninformed. This also includes providing schools with the tools for abstinence and safe sex programs.