'BRICS nations to collaborate in fighting diseases'

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

New Delhi, Jan 11: BRICS, a grouping of five key nations, today resolved to fight together various forms of diseases, including AIDS and TB, and decided to collaborate to promote access to cost-effective cures for people.
 At the end of the two-day meeting of Health Ministers of member states here, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) adopted the Delhi Communique which stressed on fighting communicable, non-communicable disease and mental disorders together.
 Describing multi-drug resistant TB as a "major public health problem", the Delhi document said the grouping would collaborate in clinical trials of new drugs.
 Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told the gathering besides multilateral cooperation, BRICS members should also work bilateral efforts to curb spread of diseases.
 Azad said it has been decided to "institutionalize" the Health Ministers' forum and hold its meetings annually. The third meet will be held in South Africa in January next year. The first was held in China.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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