US & India jointly reiterate importance of holistic approaches & partnerships in healthcare

India-US joint statement

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.

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