An MoU was signed between Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare India, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Secretary of State for Health, UK, Jeremy Richard Hunt on cooperation in the field of health sector on 19 May 2013 at Geneva between the Government of India and the Government of the United Kingdom.
The aim of the agreement is promotion of wide-ranging cooperation in the health sector between the two countries. The main areas identified for cooperation in the MOU include:
• Promoting exchange on healthcare policy in India and the UK;
• Human resources for Health;
• Regulatory issues;
• Health technology development:
• Primary healthcare;
• Strengthening of public infrastructure and capacity;
• Health security, including cooperation on infectious diseases, emerging infections and drug resistance.
India, at present, is the strategic partner to the UK and has been a recipient of UK’s bilateral assistance in the form of grants since 1975. The aid agency of the UK is Department for International Development (DFID). The priority for DFID and Government of India partnership is improvement of maternal & child health and reducing the burden of communicable diseases.