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India and China work towards better health services

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In strengthening the bilateral cooperation, India and China have decided to work together in improving health care services and deepening of bilateral cooperation in the health sector. In the 18th executive committee meeting of Partners in Population Development, Health ministers of the two nations, who met in Dalian in China on the sidelines decided to take forward the agenda of population development and boost south-south cooperation. PPD, an inter-governmental initiative for expanding and improving South-to-South collaboration in reproductive health, population and development, also adopted its new governance Charter and drafted its strategic business plan for 2012-14. India, represented by Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad, has been in the PPD Chair for the last three years and China is its deputy. The committee undertook the revision and revised laws to meet the changed requirements and reflect its growing role in population and development dynamics. The committee also gave shape to a new Governance Charter and Administrative and Financial Manuals for streamlining the functioning of the organisation. It was felt that the new governance charter and manuals would guide the PPD to take forward its agenda and boost south-south cooperation.

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