Cabinet approves MoC between India and Japan in the field of healthcare and wellness

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval on the memorandum of cooperation (MoC) between India and Japan in the field of healthcare and wellness that was signed on October 29, 2018. The MoC promoting specific projects including developing human resource in the field of acute medicine, surgery, and trauma care including focus on new areas of competency in each field; establishing an advanced joint testing laboratory for clinical examination; establishing a Japanese language education center for trainee candidates of care workers; establishing collaborations among tertiary care centers in both countries such as AUMS; and, supporting sending organizations to provide pre-lectures about elderly care for technical intern training programs of care workers through sending out certificated care workers from Japan and providing a curriculum and textbooks so as to provide trained care-givers to Japan.

Both countries will cooperate in establishing a centralized management healthcare distribution center; improving sanitary environment by increasing access to hygienic and affordable toilets such as the on-site processing one; promoting institutional collaboration on patient data analysis and information and communication technology and artificial intelligence in medicine; developing India-Japan Innovation Hub in India; establishing high end mobile BSL 3 Lab facilities in India; and collaboration on getting high-end medical devices including point-of-care diagnostics with a special focus on establishing manufacturing units in India under Make in India. The Mou will also cover development of human resource, research, and project promotion for health self-management such as ME-BYO and Ayurveda; holding an India-Japan public and private healthcare forum; any other areas as may be mutually decided upon to promote the synergies between Ayushman Bharat program and other initiatives and AHWM; and any other areas as may be mutually decided upon to promote cooperation as envisaged under this MoC. A joint committee as a high-level consultative mechanism will be set up to further elaborate the details of co-operation and to oversee the implementation of this MoC.

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