Second BRICS Health Ministers’ meet begins in New Delhi

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Indian Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family welfare
P.K. Pradhan addressing BRICS Health Secretaries
and Senior Advisors meeting held in New Delhi 
New Delhi: The second meeting of Health Ministers of all BRICS nations began here in New Delhi on Thursday to outline the rapidly growing synergy between the member nations.

The first day's programme started with the inaugural address by Health and Family Welfare Ministry Secretary P. K. Pradhan where Health Secretaries and Senior Advisors of BRICS countries participated.

In his inaugural address, Pradhan said BRICS Health Ministers' Meeting was held at Beijing on 11th July 2011 following the decision taken by Heads of BRICS countries in the Sanya Declaration of 14th April 2011.

"The Beijing Declaration of the first BRICS Health Ministers' Meeting emphasized the importance and the need of technology transfer as a means to empower developing countries; the importance of generic medicines in the realization of the right to health; and to establish priorities in research and development as well as cooperation among BRICS countries including support to transfer of technologies and innovation in a sustainable way to foster cooperation among BRICS countries to make available and improve technology," he added.

Recalling that in the meeting held at New Delhi on 29th March, 2012 it was urged that meeting of BRICS Health Ministers would be held in an institutionalised manner so that the countries of BRICS could jointly address common goals such as promoting innovation and universal access to health technologies including medicines, Pradhan said it was the way to promote corporation among BRCIS nations.

Pradhan emphasized to encourage flow of knowledge amongst research institutions through joint projects, workshops and exchange of visits, particularly by young scientists in areas relating to pharmaceuticals and health.

Remarkably, BRICS countries represent 43 percent of the world's population.

“If we stand united, we can achieve a lot of positive development not only within our own countries but also on various international platforms. Considering this, we have included the topics such as CEWG Recommendations and WHO Reforms in the agenda since they are quite relevant today, to a collaborative health RandD as well as to resource allocation and priority setting, budgeting and financing etc," said Pradhan.

“India supports open-source drug development for encouraging the global health agenda for universal access to affordable medicines and health commodities of assured quality," he added.

BRICS nations consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have several unique strengths such as the capacity for manufacturing affordable health products and research in some cutting edge areas.
The first day's programme included presentation of thematic areas by each BRICS country followed by discussion and finalization of action plan.
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