Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday launched the World Health Organisation’s new country cooperation strategy with India (2012-17) paving the way for a strategic partnership in the global health scene.
“In the context of the opportunities and challenges we face, the well being of Indian citizens will depend on a number of strategic choices related to health and equity that must be made in the next few years. Not only our health, but our children’s health too depends on these strategic choices and the collaboration between the critical constituents of our health system,’’ said the Minister.
Mr. Azad also noted that implementing the strategy will make India healthier and more equitable.
A release issued by Union Health Ministry noted: “It is for the first time that the Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) has been developed jointly by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the WHO Country Office for India. To contribute meaningfully to the national health policy and government’s health agenda, the CCS has identified strategic priorities including promoting access to and utilisation of affordable, efficiently networked and sustainable quality services by the entire population, financial protection and helping to confront the new epidemiological reality of India.’’
In her message, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said: “This CCS is our contribution towards health progress in India. We are convinced, India will continue improving the health of its people and this will have a global impact.”