Goa: Second G20 health working group meeting to commence from 17 April

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According to an official release, the second Health Working Group (HWG) meeting under the G20 India Presidency will be held in Goa from April 17 to 19.

The meeting will be attended by more than 180 delegates from 19 G20 member countries, 10 invited states, and 22 international organisations, according to a press release issued on Sunday. “Thematic discussions on three G20 Health Track priorities will be held at the second HWG meeting.”

The first priority is to prevent, prepare for, and respond to health emergencies, with a focus on One Health and AMR (antimicrobial resistance). The second is Strengthening Pharmaceutical Sector Cooperation, with a focus on access and availability of safe, effective, high-quality, and affordable medical countermeasures (vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics).

“The third priority includes Digital Health Innovations and Solutions to Aid Universal Health Coverage and Improve Healthcare Service Delivery,” added the release. Several cultural programmes infused with Goan flavours have been planned for the event to showcase India’s rich diversity and culture based on the Indian philosophy of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava,’ according to the release.