February 22, 2007

India and Pakistan to jointly fight health problems

India and Pakistan on Wednesday decided to cooperate in tackling common health problems, including polio and bird flu.

The Working Group under the Indo-Pak Joint Commission decided that apart from cooperating in controlling polio and managing avian influenza, public-private partnership in healthcare and family welfare will also be taken up.

The other areas that were identified by the working group on Wednesday was health-related Intellectual Property Rights, Capacity Building in health sector and administrative structures relating to drugs and pharmaceuticals in the two countries and traditional systems of medicine.

The working group on environment discussed the decline in vulture population, conservation of migratory water birds and developing a clear development mechanism.
Discussions were also held on Science and Technology on medicinal plants, herbal medicines, biotechnology, renewable sources of energy and popularisation of science.

The probable areas of cooperation were agreed on for holding joint workshops, seminars, exploratory visits, training and collaborative research.

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