The first Health Working Group meeting under
India's G20 presidency will be held in Thiruvananthapuram from January 18 to
20, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.
The meeting would focus on tracking health
emergencies, preparedness and response, strengthening cooperation in the
pharmaceutical sector, and digital health innovation and solutions, which are
the three priorities under health for India in its G20 presidency.
Health emergencies prevention, and preparedness and
response with a focus on One Health and antibiotic resistance is top on the
agenda, and India will aim to play a major role in converging discussions in
multiple forums for global health architecture and act as an enabler to reduce
fragmentation and duplication, it said.
Another major focus would be on strengthening
cooperation in the pharmaceutical sector for availability and access to safe,
effective, quality and affordable medical countermeasures, the ministry stated.
Digital health innovations and solutions to aid
Universal Health Coverage and improve healthcare service delivery is also a
major priority area, it said.
India also aims to achieve convergence in
discussions and work towards integrated action, the ministry added.
As chair of the G20 Presidency, India aims to
continue and consolidate health priorities and key takeaways from previous
presidencies while highlighting critical areas that require strengthening, it
said in the statement.
India assumed Presidency of the G20 on December 1,
2022. It is currently part of the G20 Troika, which also includes Indonesia and
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated that
India's G20 Presidency will be inclusive, action-oriented and decisive.
The theme unveiled by the Prime Minister: 'One
Earth, One Family, One Future' enunciates India's philosophy of 'Vasudhaiva
Kutumbakam'. It is a clarion call to the world to collectively work towards
building a healthier post-pandemic world, the health ministry said.
The Health Track of the G20 India Presidency will
comprise four Health Working Group (HWG) meetings and one Health Ministerial
The meetings will be held across the country,
including Thiruvananthapuram, Goa, Hyderabad and Gandhinagar, highlighting the
Prime Minister's call to action to showcase India's rich and diverse cultures,
the statement said.
India plans to host a side event along with each
HWG meeting to enrich, supplement and support G20 discussions. These include side
events on medical value travel and digital health; a workshop on collaborative
research on drugs, diagnostics and vaccines; and a co-branded event on global
centre for traditional medicine.
The side event on medical value travel will be held
on the sidelines of the first meeting of the HWG at Thiruvananthapuram.