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India, UK hold talks to expand cooperation in health sector

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Aiming to expand their cooperation in health sector, India and the UK today held talks to indentify more partnerships at national and state levels to further the collaboration.

Health and Family Welfare Secretary Lov Verma held talks with Permanent Secretary, Department of Health, the UK, Una O' Brien and decided to expand the activities under the MoU both the countries had signed in 2013, an official statement said.

The priority of the partnership between the two governments has been improvement of maternal and child health and reducing the burden of communicable diseases.

"The purpose of the bilateral meeting was to further expand the activities under the MoU and the timelines to indentify more institutional partnerships to further the collaboration in specific areas, to suggest nominations to a Joint Working Group...," it said.

They also decided to look at the governance arrangements to manage the action and implementation plans under the MoU and discuss other areas of mutual interest, it said.

The MoU comprises development of a joint work programme with a set of defined, time-specified activities over a five- year period, which aim to improve collaboration between India and the UK, the statement said.

First Published: Mon, February 24 2014. 18:08 IST
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