India and Cuba on 6 December 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the health sector.
The MoU was signed by Union Health Minister JP Nadda and Public Health Minister of Cuba Dr Roberto Tomas Morales Ojeda in the presence of senior officers from the Health Ministry and the visiting high level delegation from Cuba.
Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister stated that the relations between the two nations are historical and have been based on the shared values of equality and justice, common aspirations and convergence of interests on global issues.
Significance of the MoU
The pact is significant for exchanges in the health sector and to develop institutional framework for cooperation in the health sector between the two countries.
One potential identified area of cooperation is pharmaceutical and biotechnology, as Cuba has made remarkable strides in the field of bio-technology and pharmaceuticals.
Objective of the MoU
The main aim of the MoU is to establish a comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between the two countries in the field of health.
This is aimed to be done by combining the technical, scientific, financial and human resources with the ultimate goal of upgrading the quality and reach of human, material and infrastructural resources involved in health care, medical education and training and research in both countries.
A Joint Working Group will be formed for the implementation of the agreement.
Key areas of cooperation include
• Exchange and training of medical doctors, officials, other health professionals and experts.
• Assistance in development of human resources, health services and setting up of health care facilities. Short term training of human resources in health.
• Regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and exchange of information.
• Promotion of business development opportunities in pharmaceuticals and others identified by parties. Procurement of health equipment and pharmaceutical products.
• Procurement of generic and essential drugs and assistance in sourcing of drug supplies. Procurement of health equipment and pharmaceutical products.
• Collaboration in the prevention of NCDs of mutual interest, such as neurocardiovascular diseases, cancer, COPDs, mental health and dementia, with an emphasis on SDG3 and related factors.
• Collaboration in the field of climate change impact on communicable diseases and vector borne diseases.
• Nutritional aspects of food intake, including malnutrition (over-nutrition and under-nutrition) in the light of the SDG2 and organization of nutritional services.
• Safety of production, transformation, distribution and food delivery. Research and training of food industry operators.
• Information and communication to citizens on hygiene and food safety and healthy eating habits.
What: Signed MoU with Cuba
When: 6 December 2017