India, US sign MoUs on expanding cooperation in health sector

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New Delhi, June 25, 2015

India and the United States today signed a series of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) aimed at expanding their cooperation in the health sector, incuding advancing a broad range of joint research ventures, public health collaborations, and clinical exchanges. 
"Addressing cooperative opportunities in areas as diverse as cancer prevention, antimicrobial resistance, and traffic safety, the proposed MoUs reflect a deep commitment to a growing partnership between the U.S. and India that is increasingly focused on health priorities for both countries, including environmental health, non-communicable diseases, and global health security," a press release from the U.S. Embassy here said.
“The MoUs reflect the breadth and depth of our partnership, and the vast opportunities open to us when we formally join our institutions, our experts, our experience," U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma said.
"Activities under these MoUs demonstrate a breadth of collaboration from laboratory bench to patient bedside. During the visit of President Obama in January 2015, the U.S. and India committed to 'enhance cooperation across the spectrum of human endeavor to better their citizens’ lives and that of the global community'. Both countries have highlighted these partnerships, formalized in these MoUs, as concrete examples of that commitment," the release said.
The MoUs cover areas such as Cooperation on Cancer Research, Prevention, Control and Management and Collaboration in Environmental and Occupational Health and Injury Prevention and Control, and a Letter of Intent (LoI) on Antimicrobial Resistance Research.
The MoU on Cancer Research and LoI on Antimicrobial Resistance Research were signed by Mr. B P Sharma, Secretary (Department of Health and Family Welfare and Department of Health Research), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Prof. K Vijay Raghavan, Secretary (Department of Biotechnology), Ministry of Science & Technology and Mr. Verma, Ambassador of the USA to India. 
The MoU on Collaboration in Environmental and Occupational Health and Injury Prevention and Control was signed by Mr Sharma and Mr Verma.

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