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Global Medical Platform to provide equal high-quality, cost-effective medical countermeasures: Dr. Mandaviya

Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said that the Global Medical Countermeasures Platform will provide equal access to safe, high-quality, cost-effective medical countermeasures to the world.

Addressing the 76th session of the World Health Assembly centred on the theme of ‘Health for All', He added that Global Initiative on Digital Health will serve to bridge the global digital divide, particularly for low-and middle-income countries.

Recounting G20 India’s Health priorities of Health Emergency Preparedness, Access to Medical Countermeasures, and Digital Health, Dr Mandaviya said, “The unprecedented circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic have further served to strengthen the agenda for a more connected world that is prepared to tackle future health challenges.”

Dr Mandaivya proposed a Global Medical Countermeasures Platform with distributed manufacturing and Research and Development through regional networks and the Global Initiative for Digital Health.

Elaborating further, he stated, “The Global Medical Countermeasures Platform aims to ensure equitable access to safe, high-quality, cost-effective medical countermeasures to all the countries.”

The minister added, “Global Initiative on Digital Health will facilitate in building consensus on the promotion of Digital Public Goods for customization & democratization of digital tools for the world and particularly for low-and middle-income countries (LMICs).”

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Dr Mandaviya reiterated that “the aim of Global Initiative on Digital Health is to act as an institutional framework and provide an agile & fit for purpose digital solutions with the use of cutting-edge technologies.” Dr Mandaviya also citthe ed Ni-kshay Platform as an example of innovation and investment in health technologies, reiterating India’s commitment to eliminate Tuberculosis leveraging iwn mathematical model substantiated by the end-to-end patient care, provider workflows, and digitization of the cascade of care incorporated in the platform.

Commending the World Health Organization for prioritizing the agenda of “Health for All”, Dr Mandaviya said “The theme finds resonance with the theme of G20 India Presidency is ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ as well as the notion of “Antyodaya” meaning reaching the last person in the last mile.”

Highlighting the impact of Covid-19 on the world, The Union Health Minister noted that though the pandemic has indeed taken a toll on our healthcare systems, it is vital to maintain the momentum and work in tandem to translate our vision of ‘Health for All’ into reality and ensure a healthier tomorrow for the coming generations.


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