The second two-day India-US Health Dialogue concluded in New Delhi in Wednesday.
The bilateral dialogue was jointly inaugurated by CK Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, DG, ICMR, Garrett Grigsby, Director of Global Affairs at US Department of Health and Human Services and Mark Anthony White, Mission Director, India, US. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Addressing the participants, CK Mishra said, "India and US have a long history of health cooperation which has now started converging on the platform of the India-US Health Dialogue. By institutionalizing the dialogue, we have reaffirmed our commitment to work together in the areas of health, for better addressing the health challenges faced by our people in both countries, such as cancer, R&D, communicable and non-communicable diseases, traditional medicines, access to medicines, food and drug regulation and antimicrobial resistance. It is mutually beneficial for us to continue to engage on these and other health issues, to not only address our health challenges but to also, in the process, contribute to global health objectives and outcomes.”
In its most comprehensive iteration yet, the 2nd Health Dialogue touched upon several issues of bilateral importance – communicable and non-communicable diseases, health systems, biomedical research and low-cost innovations, science and health data, food and drug regulations, traditional medicine and access to medicines. Participants reaffirmed the commitment to strengthen scientific, regulatory, and health cooperation between the two nations and the global community; highlight priorities and ongoing activities, and exchange information on policies, regulations, research, technologies, programs, activities, and practices. The final goal is to identify emerging areas of mutual interest and facilitate the development of new collaborations.
“Today’s India-US Health Dialogue highlights the many areas of ongoing co-operation between India and the United States. These collaborations form a key part of our larger Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. Working together, we can tackle problems relevant to both our nations, such as global health security, research on understudied diseases, and access to medicines” said Garrett Grigsby, Director of Global Affairs at HHS.
In addition to the discussions at the Health Dialogue, the US delegation visited several Indian institutes in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru to highlight collaborations to control and manage HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance, cancer, acute encephalitis syndrome, mental health, vision and traditional medicine.