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India, US to renew health agreements

india Updated: Jun 23, 2006 17:39 IST
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India and US will renew three pacts in the medical field, including one on preventing sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS, during Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss's visit to Washington beginning on Saturday.

During his 10-day stay in the US, Ramadoss will hold talks with Secretary for Health and Human Services Mike O Leavitt and sign the renewal of the three Joint Statements of Cooperation.

The agreements will also cover maternal and child health and human development research, and environmental and occupational health, officials said in New Delhi on Friday.

Under the agreement on maternal and child health and human development research, signed in 2000 for an initial five-year period, 10 collaborative research projects are in progress, they said.

Four Indo-US research projects have been initiated under the pact on environmental and occupational health.

The two countries had signed a joint statement on prevention of sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS for a five-year period in 2000, and a wide range of HIV/AIDS and STD prevention research efforts have been undertaken, the officials said.

The health minister will have discussions with deans and senior faculty members of the Johns Hopkins University, the director of the National Institutes of Health and president and CEO of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development.

Ramadoss had recently said his ministry would seek expertise from Johns Hopkins University to set up two public health schools in India to create awareness among people on health issues.

He is also likely to address the convention of the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America.

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