Thursday, 19 December 2013

International Relations Conference @Symbiosis: Sharing of Experiences and Best Practices in the Area of Sustainability and Healthcare in Asia and Africa

Symbiosis International University achieved one more milestone by successfully hosting Conference on International Relations (IR) on 14th and 15th of December 2013. With the remarkable theme of India and Development Partnerships in Asia and Africa: Towards a New Paradigm  the conference provided a platform for academicians, researchers, corporates and policy makers both national and international to delve into the multifarious aspects of development partnerships.

International collaborations and partnerships have proven to be the key to development in Asia and Africa.  Healthcare being a crucial area in developing partnerships was discussed intensively in the conference. The healthcare track titled Sharing of Experiences and Best Practices in the Area of Sustainability and Healthcare in Asia and Africa brought together some of the eminent and distinguished speakers. The session was chaired by Dr Rajiv Yeravdekar, Dean, Faculty of Health and Biomedical Sciences, SIU and co- chaired by Dr. Subhash Salunkhe  Senior Advisor, Public Health Foundation of India ; Former WHO representative to Indonesia.

Discussing about the role of  GOI & Pharmaceutical Companies in enhancing Healthcare delivery in Tanzania, H.E. Dr. Hussein Mwinyi , Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Tanzania highlighted the  improved  accessibility and affordability of healthcare in Tanzania . Dr  Mwinyi  elaborated how the  collaboration between Indian pharmaceutical companies  , GOI and Tanzania has helped them in control of some dreaded diseases..

In her address on Development Partnerships in the Healthcare Sector between Iraq and other Nations,  Ms. Safia Al Suhail, Member of Parliament, Iraq said that cooperation with India in the field of Health will be widened through collaboration between  government of Iraq  and the Government of India. She also mentioned that at least 75 Iraqi patients travel to India on a daily basis for medical treatment.  Hundreds of Iraqis prefer to send their children for higher education to India on self-financing basis.Majority of the Iraqis visit India for Medical purposes, and education and for business.

The Role of Indian Diaspora & GOI in enhancing Healthcare in West Asia was splendidly elaborated by Dr. Azad Moopen, Chairman, DM Healthcare Group, Dubai. He also stated how the Indian healthcare providers have brought affordable quality healthcare within the reach of people in West Asia.

The need of Augmenting Allied Health Services for Quality Healthcare was prominently brought out by Dr. Vishwas Mehta, IAS Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. He mentioned about the  initiatives taken by Govt. Of India to optimally utilize the existing resources (Infrastructure/HR etc.) and to create more institutions, strengthen the available  resources and optimal use of technology that to cope up with the Scarcity of resources. He emphasized on creation of a new public health  cadre with introduction of B.Sc.(Community Health ) Course to have a middle level officers  to be posted at Sub-Centres / PHCs in Rural areas.
Dr. Bulbul Sood, Country Director Jhpiego spoke on Strengthening of ( Reproductive and Child health) services through reinforcement the Pre service education for the nursing and midwifery cadre. Jhpiego initiatives have been proven successful in revitalization of Postpartum Family Planning and IUCD services. Jhpiego’s safe childbirth checklist program has improved quality of intrapartum and immediate postpartum care for the mothers and their new-born.

Dr. Shubhra Trivedi, Senior Program Manager of Population Service International, UP, India mentioned about the innovative PSI social franchise Model which encompasses a network of qualified health practitioners linked through contracts to provide socially beneficial services under a common brand.  She highlighted that social franchising has proven beneficial to  Low-income communities  as well as  to private healthcare providers. High-quality services at affordable prices are now accessible. Private providers benefit from increased clinic revenues that are generated through an expanding clientele Governments have improved national health indicators and an enhanced stronger, better regulated private health sector.

Ms. Neha   Bhagatkar
Assistant Professor



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