“In­dia is com­mit­ted to achiev­ing all pub­lic health goals”

2nd World Con­fer­ence on Ac­cess to Med­i­cal Prod­ucts: Achiev­ing the SDGs 2030

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“In­dia is deeply com­mit­ted na­tion­ally and glob­ally to achiev­ing all pub­lic health goals. To­gether we are work­ing to­wards pro­vid­ing high­est pos­si­ble stan­dards of health care for our cit­i­zens. Uni­ver­sal health cov­er­age is key to the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals 2030 agenda and to which In­dia is firmly com­mit­ted.” This was stated by J P Nadda, Union Min­is­ter of Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare dur­ing his ad­dress at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of ‘2nd World Con­fer­ence on Ac­cess to Med­i­cal Prod­ucts: Achiev­ing the SDGs 2030’, in New Delhi on Oc­to­ber 9.

Speak­ing at the func­tion, Nadda said that the Na­tional Health Pol­icy 2017 is ded­i­cated to the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dards of health for the coun­try. “The Govern­ment has launched Ayush­man Bharat, a Na­tional Health Pro­tec­tion Scheme, which en­vi­sions health as­sur­ance of Rs 5 lakh ru­pees ($6815) per fam­ily per year, will ben­e­fit over Rs 50 crore (i.e. $500 mil­lion) peo­ple, and is the world’s big­gest health as­sur­ance scheme. He fur­ther added that since its launch on Septem­ber 23, 2018, more than 50,000 peo­ple have availed of ser­vices un­der the scheme.

The Union Health Min­is­ter stated that ac­cess to med­i­cal prod­ucts and cre­at­ing an en­abling le­gal and trade en­vi­ron­ment for pub­lic health are crit­i­cal to achiev­ing the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) 2030 Agenda. “These is­sues re­quire con­tin­u­ous en­gage­ment and di­a­logue. I be­lieve that the Health Min­istry with ac­tive part­ner­ship of other min­istries in Govern­ment of In­dia will move for­ward in leaps and bounds,” he said.

At the func­tion, J P Nadda re­leased the Po­si­tion Pa­per and launched the In­for­ma­tion Shar­ing

Plat­form Gate­way for South-East Asia Reg­u­la­tory Net­work (SEARN) de­vel­oped by Cen­tre for De­vel­op­ment of Ad­vanced Com­put­ing, which will pro­mote reg­u­la­tory and health col­lab­o­ra­tion among the coun­tries of the South-East Asia Re­gion. The Union Health Min­is­ter fur­ther added that In­dia is ac­tively con­tribut­ing and pro­vid­ing sup­port for the SEARN to guar­an­tee ac­cess to high-qual­ity med­i­cal prod­ucts.

Ash­wini Ku­mar Choubey, Min­is­ter of State for Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare high­lighted the im­por­tance of tra­di­tional med­i­cal sys­tem in achiev­ing the health goals. He stated that strength­en­ing

R&D and up­hold­ing ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards in the In­dian Sys­tems of Medicines, pro­mot­ing the cul­ti­va­tion of medic­i­nal plants used, and work­ing on Phar­ma­copoeia stan­dards are ar­eas with pos­i­tive pub­lic health po­ten­tial out­comes. “The di­ag­no­sis of mod­ern medicine com­bined with the treat­ment modal­i­ties of the Ayurveda, Yoga, Homeopa­thy and other sys­tems of AYUSH will help in giv­ing a holis­tic ap­proach to treat­ment,” Choubey said.

Anupriya Pa­tel, Min­is­ter of State for Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare said that Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals are the mantra for a bet­ter fu­ture for all and ac­cess to medicines is a crit­i­cal fac­tor for suc­cess of the SDG Agenda that aims to en­sure healthy lives and pro­mote well-be­ing of all peo­ple of all ages. “Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age and ac­cess to medicines is also one of the re­gional flag­ship pri­or­i­ties for coun­tries in the WHO South-East Asia re­gion,” she added. She stated that In­dia is com­mit­ted to at­tain­ment of the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dards of health for its cit­i­zens.

Dr Te­dros Ad­hanom Ghe­breye­sus, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion through his video ad­dress stated that WHO has em­barked on the 13th Global Pro­gramme of Work (GPW13) for strate­gic di­rec­tion in Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Agenda 2030 (SDG) for health which is vi­tal for the fu­ture of our world. GPW 13 is struc­tured around the “triple bil­lion” goal for three in­ter­con­nected strate­gic pri­or­i­ties of Healthy Lives, Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age and health emer­gen­cies. ‘Re­li­able ac­cess to ef­fec­tive, safe, qual­ity-as­sured and af­ford­able med­i­cal prod­ucts are keys to mak­ing progress to­wards Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age (UHC) and the SDGs,’ he said.

The main ob­jec­tive of the 2nd World Con­fer­ence 2018 was to take for­ward the rec­om­men­da­tions from the 1st World Con­fer­ence 2017 and build on the work done for ac­cess to med­i­cal prod­ucts in the con­text of SDGs (in­clud­ing trade agree­ments) in line with GPW 13 of WHO, fos­ter new ap­proaches in in­no­va­tion land­scape for med­i­cal prod­ucts and health tech­nolo­gies for ac­cel­er­at­ing re­search and in­no­va­tion and iden­tify knowl­edge, in­for­ma­tion and pol­icy op­tions on the in­ter­face of in­ter­na­tional trade and health to achieve SDG 2030 goals.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing the Min­istry of Health & Fam­ily Wel­fare for host­ing the 2nd World Con­fer­ence on Ac­cess to Med­i­cal Prod­ucts, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said, “I am happy to see how all the 11-coun­try state reg­u­la­tory agen­cies have come to­gether for the South-East Asia Reg­u­la­tory Net­work, SEARN. Reg­u­la­tory col­lab­o­ra­tion among coun­tries will lead to quicker ac­cess to all med­i­cal prod­ucts as agen­cies be­gin to de­velop re­liance. Al­ready I see drug reg­u­la­tors talk­ing to each other and ex­chang­ing notes on prod­uct qual­ity.”

The main ses­sions on Day 1 of the con­fer­ence in­cluded ac­cess to med­i­cal prod­ucts to achieve

SDGs 2030; poli­cies to sup­port in­no­va­tion for med­i­cal prod­ucts; track­ing in­vest­ments in med­i­cal prod­ucts re­search and de­vel­op­ment; mech­a­nisms for knowl­edge shar­ing, in­clud­ing li­cens­ing op­tions for med­i­cal prod­ucts for health for all.

The con­fer­ence has brought to­gether the pub­lic health fra­ter­nity from across the globe rep­re­sent­ing multi-dis­ci­plinary sec­tors. This would en­sure a wider out­reach and col­lab­o­ra­tion with ex­perts to fill in the knowl­edge gaps to ad­dress the com­plex­i­ties in an in­formed man­ner.

Preeti Su­dan, Sec­re­tary (Health), Dr Bal­ram Bhar­gava, Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of Health & Re­search (DHR) and DG, ICMR, Dr Mar­iân­gela Batista Galvão Simão, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral for Drug Ac­cess, Vac­cines and Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, WHO Geneva, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Re­gional Di­rec­tor, WHO SEARO, Dr RK Vats, Ad­di­tional Sec­re­tary, Health Min­istry, and Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to In­dia, also graced the oc­ca­sion. State Health Min­is­ters and Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­taries from sev­eral states in In­dia were also present.

The con­fer­ence, or­gan­ised by the Min­istry of Health & Fam­ily Wel­fare (MoHFW), Govern­ment of In­dia in col­lab­o­ra­tion with WHO Coun­try Of­fice for In­dia, and in part­ner­ship with In­dian So­ci­ety of In­ter­na­tional Law, aims to achieve the SDGs 2030 agenda by tak­ing for­ward the rec­om­men­da­tions from the 1st World Con­fer­ence 2017. It also builds on the work done for ac­cess to med­i­cal prod­ucts in the con­text of SDGs, in­clud­ing trade agree­ments.

The Union Min­is­ter for Health & Fam­ily Wel­fare, J.P. Nadda ad­dress­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of ‘2nd World Con­fer­ence on Ac­cess to Med­i­cal Prod­ucts: Achiev­ing the SDGs 2030’, in New Delhi on Oc­to­ber 09, 2018.

Dig­ni­taries re­leas­ing the Po­si­tion Pa­per. Seen in pic­ture from L-R - Dr RK Vats, Ad­di­tional Sec­re­tary, Health Min­istry, Dr Mar­iân­gela Batista Galvão Simão, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral for Drug Ac­cess, Vac­cines and Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, WHO Geneva, Dr Bal­ram Bhar­gava, Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of Health & Re­search (DHR) and DG, ICMR, Preeti Su­dan, Sec­re­tary (Health), Anupriya Pa­tel, Min­is­ter of State for Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare, J P Nadda, Min­is­ter of Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare, Ash­wini Ku­mar Choubey, Min­is­ter of State for Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Re­gional Di­rec­tor, WHO SEARO and Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to In­dia.

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