India, Brazil, South Africa to push for health cooperation

July 27th, 2008 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Anbumani Ramadoss

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The health ministers of India, Brazil and South Africa will meet here Monday and Tuesday to push forward their cooperation in the health sector. Minister for Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss will also hold bilateral meetings with his Brazilian and South African counterparts.

During the bilateral meeting with Brazilian Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao Monday, Ramadoss would highlight the developments in the Indian pharma sector and traditional medicines while the Brazilian side will present an overview of the health system and food and drug regulatory environment in that country.

“On the same day, discussions will be held on working group constitution, counterfeit medicines, HIV vaccine, trauma care, indoor air pollution and tobacco related issues from the Indian side, and generics drugs public sector in pharmaceuticals, health insurance, health industrial complex, environment occupational health, innovation on health will be highlighted by the Brazilian side,” a health ministry official said Sunday.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will also hold a business delegates meeting.

The bilateral meeting between India and South Africa will take place Wednesday.

The trilateral meeting of the three countries would take place Tuesday to review the agreed plan of actions on strengthening public health laboratories, health surveillance, traditional medicines and registration of drugs and medicines.

During the meeting there will be sessions on pharmaceuticals and generics manufacture and export, counterfeit medical products, cooperation in areas such as intellectual property, innovation and public health.

“Cooperation among the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), MRC of South Africa and FIOCRUZ of Brazil will be the highlight of trilateral meeting,” the official added.

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