EAM Jaishankar Discusses Traditional Medicine, Pandemic Preparedness with WHO Director “Tulsi Bhai”

EAM Jaishankar Discusses Traditional Medicine, Pandemic Preparedness with WHO Director "Tulsi Bhai"

Munich, Germany: On the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, India’s External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, met with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Saturday, February 17th, 2024. The meeting focused on two key areas: promoting traditional medicine and strengthening global pandemic preparedness.

After meeting the WHO Director Jaishankar writes, “Glad to met DG World Health Organisation @DrTedros. Discussed traditional medicine and pandemic preparedness. Thank you Tulsi Bhai!”, on X

Traditional Medicine in Focus:

According to a press release by the Ministry of External Affairs, the discussion highlighted the potential of traditional medicine systems like Ayurveda in addressing global health challenges. Minister Jaishankar emphasized India’s commitment to promoting evidence-based research and integration of traditional medicine into mainstream healthcare systems. Dr. Ghebreyesus reportedly expressed his interest in collaborating with India to explore the potential benefits of traditional medicine, particularly in areas like non-communicable diseases and maternal health.

Strengthening Pandemic Preparedness:

The meeting also addressed the crucial topic of pandemic preparedness. Both leaders acknowledged the importance of strengthening global health systems to be better equipped for future pandemics. Minister Jaishankar reiterated India’s commitment to global health initiatives and its contributions to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. Dr. Ghebreyesus appreciated India’s efforts and stressed the need for continued international cooperation to ensure equitable access to vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics.

Further Collaboration:

The meeting concluded with both leaders expressing their commitment to continued collaboration on various health-related issues. It is expected that the discussions will lead to concrete partnerships and initiatives aimed at promoting traditional medicine and strengthening global pandemic preparedness.

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