Embracing the Philosophy of Unity in Global Health
India’s G20 Presidency centered around the belief in “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” emphasizing global interdependence. In the wake of the pandemic, the world realized that safeguarding everyone’s health is essential for global security.
During its G20 Presidency, India highlighted three crucial areas: “One Health” integration, tackling Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR), and addressing the impacts of Climate Change on health. These priorities underscored the need for a holistic approach to global health challenges.
A Global Medical Countermeasures Platform
India championed the establishment of a worldwide platform for Medical Countermeasures (MCM) coordination. This initiative aims to create robust networks for research and manufacturing, ensuring equitable access to vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics (VTDs) for vulnerable populations.
The “Global Initiative for Digital Health” (GIDH) was introduced to consolidate ongoing digital health efforts under a unified umbrella. This ambitious endeavor seeks international cooperation to enhance global health through digital solutions.
Convergence for Health Emergencies Preparedness
India’s G20 Presidency stressed the importance of a converged and agile Global Health Architecture. By coordinating efforts in Health Emergencies Prevention Preparedness & Response (HEPPR), the world can better anticipate and manage health crises.
At the heart of India’s G20 Presidency was the mission to reduce healthcare inequality. The focus on accessible and affordable healthcare delivery aimed to empower vulnerable populations and low- to middle-income countries.