New Delhi, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has signed bilateral Memorandum of Understanding with 55 other countries for cooperation covering various areas in the field of health and medicine, including communicable and non-communicable diseases.
However, no agreement has been signed by the Ministry with other countries for cooperation in treatment of diseases, official sources here said. The countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Germany, Iran, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, the Maldives, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Seychelles, the US, Vietnam and Yemen.
The bilateral MoUs do not contain any provision on extending financial aid or providing of medical aid, they added.The objective of the agreements is to establish comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation in the field of health and medicine with the aims and objectives of upgrading the quality and reach of human, material and infrastructural resources involved in healthcare, training and research on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit.
The collaborations encourage joint initiatives and technology development in the health sector. To further elaborate the details of cooperation and to oversee the implementation of the MoUs, joint meetings are held at appropriate times as mutually decided upon.
It provides opportunities for sharing and emulating best practices and learning from each other, to address public health challenges, the sources added.