Ethiopia, India Looks to Bolster Ties in health Sector

ADDIS ABABA – Top Ethiopian and Indian health officials discussed ways to enhance partnership in the health sector, including pharmaceutical production.

Ethiopia’d Health Minister Dr Lia Tadesse met with her Indian counterpart, Mansukh Mandaviya, on the sideline of the GAVI Board meeting in France’s Evian.

The ministers explored ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the public health sector.

In a tweet Wednesday, Dr. Lia stated her expectation for the partnership between the two countries in health sector to grow further.

“Enhancing pharmaceutical production, tertiary care, digital health & other public health issues” would particularly be among the priorities of the partnership, according to Dr. Lia.

The bilateral discussion touched on a range of subjects key for more cooperation, as per the Indian Health official.

“Discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral cooperation, experience & knowledge sharing in public health, pharma & health tech; common position on GAVI related matters,” Mandaviya said in a tweet.

He also said Ethiopia expressed “strong interest” in India’s digital platform called CoWIN, which played a key part in the Asian nation’s response to Covid-19 pandemic.

The platform is a cloud-based system that facilitates registration, immunizations and appointments, and issues digital vaccine certificates.

“India is committed to ensuring affordable healthcare for all through active collaboration & adopting tech-based solutions,” Mandabia said.