US & India jointly reiterate importance of holistic approaches & partnerships in healthcare
During the bilateral meeting between India and the United States (US) on June 6 in Washington, the US, a range of key issues pertaining to expanding cooperation between the two countries in the fields of science and technology and health were discussed.
A joint statement was issued after the third major bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama.
Health-Related Key Takeaways
Reaffirmed their commitment to the Global Health Security Agenda and the timely implementation of its objectives.
The Prime Minister noted India’s role on the Steering Group and its leadership in the areas of antimicrobial resistance and immunisation.
Recognised the global threat posed by multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and committed to continue collaboration in the area of TB and share respective best practices.
Noted the growing threat of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the urgent need to address the risk factors.
Reiterated the importance of holistic approaches to health and wellness, and of promoting the potential benefits of holistic approaches by synergising modern and traditional systems of medicine, including yoga.
Endorsed expansion of the Indo-US Vaccine Action Program, which is fostering public-private research partnerships focused on the development and evaluation of vaccines to prevent TB, dengue, chikungunya and other globally important infectious diseases.