600 delegates from 80 countries to take part in Global Partners Forum
New Delhi: The preparations for the conglomeration of global health experts to share their success factor on maternal, newborn and child health is in the final stage and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), the host, is all set to welcome about 600 representatives from 80 countries coming to take part in Global Partners Forum scheduled to be held from December 12.
While talking to reporters, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said, "It's a great moment for the country as Mission Indradhanush vaccination programme has been selected by the international agency as one among 12 best practices across the globe. The selection of Mission Indradhanush validates our commitments towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the global health organisations."
The focus of the Global Partners Forum, which would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be on maternal and child healthcare. "We have done extensively well in reduction of maternal mortality ratio (MMR). The country has recorded 77 per cent decline in MMR while at the global level, it has been reduced by 44 per cent," Nadda said.
Giving details about the programme, the minister said, "There would be a parliamentarians' conclave on December 11 wherein politicians from participating countries would discuss different measures to be taken to address the newborn and maternal mortalities. On December 12, there would be a ministerial conclave over the issue."
At the Global Partners Forum, only two country heads would be present – one is from Nepal and other from less known Latin American country. The health ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan would also be present at the Forum.
The goal of the partnership is to achieve universal access to comprehensive, high-quality healthcare and India is one of the partner countries, alongside Indonesia, Tanzania and Nigeria. Apart from this, the PMNCH also includes academics and teaching institutions, donors and foundations.