Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya chairs the virtual Session of Health Ministers “Voice of Global South Summit 2023”, Cooperation for resilient healthcare systems
“In alignment with India’s philosophy, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam has offered Co-WIN to the world as a digital public good for health.
India believes in value-based health care. Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya is constantly striving to offer high-quality and affordable health care to all.
“It is urgent to concentrate on long-term strategies to build stronger, more resilient systems of health that can prevent, prepare, and respond to future health challenges while still maintaining essential services.”
India believes in quality-based healthcare and is constantly striving to offer affordable and high-quality healthcare to all. India, in accordance with its Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam philosophy and our view of health as a service, has made Co-WIN available as a digital public benefit to any country. India offered Co-WIN to WHO as a digital health good through WHO’s C-TAP Initiative.” This statement was made by Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare as he presided over the virtual session of Health Ministers of “Voice of Global South Summit -2023” titled: Collaboration to build resilient healthcare system. This session was a platform for generating ideas from the developing world in order to provide holistic healthcare.
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Dr Mansukh Mandaviya welcomed all participants and said that it was important to “focus on long-term strategies to build stronger, better resilient health systems that can prevent & prepare for future health challenges while maintaining essential services.” He also highlighted the milestones India has achieved in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. India’s experience has shown that both capacity building for healthcare workers at all levels of governance and harnessing digital technology are the best ways forward.
The Union Health Minister stated that India aims to incorporate the needs and requirements of the Global South into its G20 health priorities. Our Prime Minister stated that G20 priorities would be determined in consultation with our G20 partners as well as our fellow-travellers from the global South. Dr. Mandaviya added, “Hence, we will bring the voice of global South to G-20, and other international forums, as partners in our developmental journey.” These efforts can be combined to ensure global health equity, and especially the Global South. Dr. Mandaviya expressed appreciation for India’s training programs to assist countries in building their capacity as healthcare professionals. Participants from South-East Asian, African, and Asian countries were trained in COVID-19 testing, case management, vaccine development, and delivery. India sent Rapid Response Teams to Kuwait and Maldives, sharing its medical expertise.
Dr. Mandaviya said that India’s soon-to-launch Heal in India initiative aims to make India a global hub for value-based medical and healthcare services for patients worldwide. India has more than 1.3 million allopathic doctors, 3.4 million nurses and 800,000. AYUSH (Ayurveda Yoga & Naturopathy & Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy) doctors. He stated that India will provide the required care for patients from all parts of the world, including the Global South, through high-quality and affordable medical care.
The Union Health Minister pointed out that the International Day of Yoga has been observed worldwide since 2015. 170 of the 194 WHO member states have reported traditional medicine use. Their governments requested WHO support to create reliable data and evidence on traditional medicine products and practices. The WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine was established by the Government of India and WHO at Jamnagar in Gujarat, on the 19th of April 2022.
The Union Health Minister stated that India’s Presidency is of special importance as it is part of the Global South. The Aarogya Paramam Bhagyam concept, i.e. Health is the greatest fortune. Investing in healthcare is an investment in the future. India has prioritised its health track to achieve global consensus. It focuses on converging ongoing efforts, mapping out health resources, and connecting them to most needy areas so that health equity can be achieved at global level, especially in the Global South.
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Participants in the session stressed the importance of a holistic approach to global security for health. There were many options and methods to create digital public goods in healthcare and promote traditional medicine, develop public capacities, develop regional hubs and share knowledge. The Ministers were especially grateful for India’s Vaccine Maitri initiative, which was a tangible reflection of South-South cooperation during the peak of the COVID pandemic.
Attended the session were dignitaries representing Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and Royal Government of Bhutan, Republic of Cameroon and Grenada, Republic of Guatemala and Republic of Liberia as well as Republic of Liberia and Republic of Malawi.