India and Italy on 29 November 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the health sector.
The agreement was signed by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare J P Nadda and Health Minister of Italy Beatrice Lorenzin.
The MoU is aimed at establishing comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between the two countries in the field of health.
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Key areas of cooperation under MoU
• Training of medical doctors, officials, other health professionals and experts.
• Assistance in development of human resources and setting up of health care facilities.
• Short term training of human resources in health.
• Regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics and exchange of information.
• Promotion of business development opportunities in pharmaceuticals.
• Procurement of generic and essential drugs and assistance in sourcing of drug supplies.
• Procurement of health equipment and pharmaceutical products.
• Prevention of NCDs such as neurocardiovascular diseases, cancer, COPDs, dementia, etc.
• Cooperation in the field of climate change impact on communicable diseases and vector borne diseases.
• Safety of production, transformation, distribution and food delivery.
• Thorough research and proper training of food industry operators.
• Inform citizens on hygiene and food safety and healthy eating habits.
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