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May 23, 2024

India Showcases Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission at World Health Assembly

India will spotlight its achievements in universal health coverage through the Ayushman Bharat initiative, advancements in public health emergency preparedness, and pioneering digital health transformations at the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva from May 27 to June 1. Official sources revealed this plan on Wednesday, emphasizing India’s contributions to global health discussions.

One of the key highlights of India’s presentation will be the Arogya Maitri Disaster Management Cube. This innovative, indigenous portable hospital is equipped with a range of tools designed to enhance disaster response and medical support. It stands as a testament to India’s commitment to improving disaster preparedness and response capabilities.

The 77th session of the World Health Assembly, organized by the World Health Organisation (WHO), will see participation from representatives of 194 countries. Leading the Indian delegation is Union Health Secretary Apurva Chandra. This year’s WHA theme, “All for Health, Health for All,” reflects the collective goal of ensuring health equity and comprehensive healthcare coverage.

The WHA sessions are structured into three main committees: Plenary, Committee A, and Committee B. The Plenary session, attended by health ministers and heads of delegations from all participating countries, will inaugurate the Health Assembly.

India will play a pivotal role in Committee A, which it will chair. This committee is tasked with facilitating discussions on critical topics such as universal health coverage, public health emergency preparedness and response, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, and sustainable financing for the WHO. An official source indicated that this forum will provide an opportunity for India to showcase its progress and leadership in these areas.

Committee B, on the other hand, will focus on internal and external audit matters, budgetary issues, and the overall financial health of the WHO. These discussions are crucial for ensuring the organization’s operational efficiency and financial sustainability.

In addition to the formal sessions, the WHA will feature at least 14 side events and several strategic roundtables. These events will cover a wide array of health topics, providing a platform for participants to exchange ideas and strategies for enhancing the global health architecture. These discussions aim to foster collaboration and innovation in addressing global health challenges.

India is also taking a leading role in supporting the Regional One Voice for the Southeast Asia region. This initiative advocates for well-being and health promotion, addressing social determinants of health, improving maternal, infant, and young child nutrition, and integrating economic considerations into health policy. Through these efforts, India aims to contribute significantly to the broader goals of health equity and sustainable development.

By highlighting its achievements and innovations at the World Health Assembly, India underscores its commitment to global health and its role as a leader in health policy and innovation. The Ayushman Bharat digital mission, in particular, exemplifies how digital health technologies can transform healthcare delivery, making it more accessible and efficient.

India’s participation in the WHA not only showcases its own progress but also aims to inspire other nations to adopt similar approaches in their healthcare systems. Through collaborative efforts and shared knowledge, the global community can work towards achieving the goal of “Health for All.”

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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