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BRICS countries to strengthen health cooperation

Updated: 2017-05-25


Health ministers from China, Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa attended a luncheon meeting during the 70th World Health Assembly which began on May 22 in Geneva, Switzerland. The BRICS health ministers exchanged ideas on furthering cooperation in the health sector.

Li Bin, minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) noted that China will hold a BRICS health ministers’ meeting on July 6 and 7 in Tianjin, and will release a Tianjin communiqué and joint declaration on strengthening of traditional medical cooperation among BRICS countries. China will also hold a BRICS high-ranking health officials’ meeting on July 5 to push forward the establishment of a cooperation network.

BRICS health ministers discussed increasing the availability and affordability of pharmaceutical products, advancing global prevention of tuberculosis and strengthening the containment of antimicrobial resistance. They stressed that BRICS’s population accounts for 40 percent of the world’s. BRICS’s health policies are significant for international disease prevention and control.

The first BRICS health ministers’ meeting was held in Beijing in July 2011, from which a long-term dialogue mechanism between the ministers has emerged. Since 2011 meetings have been held six times by turns in the BRICS countries. China holds the rotating presidency of the BRICS mechanism this year.


Link: China's Central Government / World Health Organization / United Nations Population Fund / UNICEF in China

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