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    India Committed to Protecting Global Health, Says Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

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    India Committed to Protecting Global Health, Says Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

    The health minister highlighted the need to acknowledge existing fault lines in the Global Health Architecture and the importance of building an inclusive, agile and responsive framework for health emergency management.

    Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya has said that the government of India attached the topmost importance to the health sector. He stressed that India is committed to protecting global health and making sure to leave behind for the coming generations a better and healthier planet.

    Dr Mandaviya said this while addressing the second G20 Health Ministers Meeting in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday. The meeting was called to discuss the progress and way forward on priorities in the healthcare sector.

    Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mandaviya stated that India is committed to contributing to creating a future-ready and resilient global healthcare ecosystem. He also elaborated on building global health resilience wherein the proposal of a Financial Intermediary Fund was discussed.

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    The health minister highlighted the need to acknowledge existing fault lines in the Global Health Architecture and the importance of building an inclusive, agile and responsive framework for health emergency management.

    Earlier in June this year, Mandaviya had, in a virtual address at the G20 Health Ministers Meeting, highlighted the fault lines in the global health governance, calling for the strengthening of “Global Health Architecture”.

    In the light of the multiple challenges thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic to health systems across the globe, he had then said, “the pandemic highlighted the fault lines in the global health governance and has brought to the fore the importance of strengthening Global Health Architecture.”

    He had then argued that the “pandemic has reinforced the need to assess health ecosystems, health financing and their linkages in light of the experience in managing the current pandemic.”

    Dr Mandaviya encouraged all G20 members to contribute their public keys to the proposed Global Federated Public Trust Directory for ensuring seamless worldwide mobility of people and goods.

    Introduced by Indonesia at the G20 in September, the Federated Public Trust Directory is a global framework that unifies digital infrastructure to verify authentic documents across a trusted global network.

    So far, G20 countries are still using different systems according to each country’s policy. Thus, in the event of a pandemic, the movement of people and goods around the world was disrupted.

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