Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya held various bilateral meetings with member countries at the 76th World Health Assembly, in Geneva, Switzerland. The bilateral meetings provided an opportunity to reflect on areas of collaborations and shared priorities in pursuit of a healthier tomorrow.
Commending India’s health priorities, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization praised India’s progress in its G20 presidency, as well as its pursuit of advancing digital health and traditional medicine.
Aligned with India’s health goals, the deliberations with the United States Secretary of Health, Xavier Becerra centered on collaboration in healthcare and pharma sectors as well as issues related to Global Health Architecture.
The Maldives delegation expressed their gratitude for India’s aid for vaccine support during the Covid-19 pandemic, and expressed their desire to collaborate with India in the areas of drone technology, research & innovation research, and health system strengthening.
Highlighting India’s G20 Presidency philosophy of “One Earth, One Family, One Future”, the Union Health Minister stated “Jamaica lauded India’s achievement in digital health, pharmaceuticals, and health system strengthening and agreed to sign MoU to institutionalize collaboration in the healthcare sector.”
Dr Hilal bin Ali bin Al Sabti, Minister of Health, Oman, vastly appreciated India’s G20 health priorities, and agreed to strengthen the collaboration in pharmaceuticals, digital health, communicable diseases, and digital health.
The Union Minister of Health congratulated Nísia Trindade Lima Minister of Health, Brazil on the upcoming G20 presidency as well as agreeing to participate in future endeavors pertaining to health workforce capacity building, disease surveillance, TB eradication, AMR, & traditional medicine.
Dr Mandaviya also conducted bilateral meetings with the Health Ministers of Bangladesh, Iran, Innovators, Venezuela, Argentina exploring areas of collaboration in fortifying healthcare systems and enhancing capacities for disease surveillance, eradication of Tuberculosis, Anti-Microbial resistance and capacity building amongst other domains.