BRICS health ministers, officials to begin two-day meet in Delhi today

New Delhi, Jan. 10 (ANI): The second BRICS health ministers' meet will begin with a two-day programme here today.

While the programme on first day will be held at the Dr. Ramalingaswamy Auditorium in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the second day programme will be at the Banquet Hall of the Ashoka Hotel.

The first day's programme will be participated by the health secretaries and senior advisors of BRICS countries. The second day's programme will be participated by the health ministers of BRICS countries i.e. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

It might be mentioned here that the first BRICS health ministers' meeting was held in Beijing, China on July 11, 2011 following a decision taken by Heads of BRICS countries through the Sanya Declaration of April 14, 2011.

The Beijing Declaration of the first BRICS health ministers' meeting emphasized the importance and need for technology transfer as a means to empower developing countries; the importance role of generic medicines in the realisation 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.

It was also agreed at Beijing to establish a technical working group to discuss specific proposals.

In the Delhi Declaration issued during the 4th BRICS heads of states meeting held at New Delhi on March 29, 2012, it was urged that meetings of BRICS health ministers be held in an institutionalized manner so that the countries of BRICS could jointly address common goals such as promoting innovation and universal access to health technologies including medicines, especially in the context of increasing costs and the growing burden of both communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and 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.

Thereafter, during the sidelines of World Health Assembly held at Geneva, Health Ministers of BRICS countries met on 22.5.2012 and discussed various issues.

During the meeting, it was decided that some thematic areas of work under the BRICS Health Platform be identified for each country to be carried forward by the Technical Group. A joint communique was issued after the meeting.

In accordance with this mandate, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India is organizing the two-day BRICS health ministers' meet at New Delhi from tomorrow. (ANI)

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