India Bats for Health Research Alliance Among NAM Nations
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Batting for greater collaboration in health research among non-aligned group of countries, India today said the member nations should use their “collective bargaining” power for making new medicines and medical technologies available to all at affordable costs.
Addressing the Non-Aligned Movement Health Ministers’ meeting, organised on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly here, Health Minister J P Nadda said NAM can be an advocacy platform to strongly support global health policies that aim at reducing health inequity among nations.
“NAM countries, representing more than half of the world’s population, seem to be strategically placed to harness their ’collective’ bargaining power to make new medicines and medical technologies available to the populations at affordable costs,” he added.
He said in the present global health scenario the NAM can provide thought leadership on the issue of promoting health equity and reducing health inequity among nations as well as within nations.
“Regular sharing of best practices would greatly help our common cause, on cost-effective scalable interventions, especially targeting maternal and child health care and non-communicable diseases, which have been successfully implemented in many of NAM Member States,” Nadda, the President of 68th World Health Assembly, said.
The Health Minister said that NAM should leverage as a group to take forward public health agenda of common interest and priorities in the World Health Organisation (WHO).