December 03, 2019, New Delhi: Dr Harsh Vardhan attended the Health Summit "Marking the India-Sweden Year of Health & Celebrating 10 years of the MoU" at Taj Palace Hotel today along with Minister of State Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Ms. Maja Fjaestad, State Secretary to the Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Sweden.

Dr Harsh Vardhan presided over the signing of the Memorandum of Intent, for the India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre, to mark 10 years of successful implementation of the Memorandum Of Understanding with Sweden. Mr Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MOS (HFW) & Ms. Maja Fjaestad, State Secretary to the Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Sweden were also present during the signing of MoI.

The India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre aims to develop an ecosystem of open innovation that start-ups & healthcare delivery stakeholders can use to collaborate & address current & future challenges in the healthcare sector. It shall operate on well-defined challenges & services for stakeholders to build capabilities, methodologies & scale up innovative solutions across the country’s healthcare delivery network.

During the signing of MoI with Sweden, Dr Harsh Vardhan spoke on inculcating positive health attitude & the need to present new strategies. He emphasized on the importance of Fit India Movement & Eat Right India campaign. With 22 new AIIMS soon to become fully operational, and 157 new Medical Colleges in the development stage, the scope to further meaningful collaboration with Sweden in the academic & research areas will be immense.

'Our goal is not far', Dr Harsh Vardhan added. We will work together with sincerity & dedication to fulfill everyone's dream of good health, as envisioned by WHO. He urged everyone to inculcate a new sense of responsibility, commitment & zeal. He said India has successfully eliminated Polio and Smallpox. India is in the process of eradicating TB and Lymphatic Filariasis ahead of the goal set up by WHO

The Government of India is committed to achieving the target of reducing maternal & infant mortality.As Dr. Harsh Vardhan congratulated officials from both nations on keeping the collaboration going with great enthusiasm and utmost dedication, deepening the resolve to continue to work together, he said, “Without your efforts, we wouldn’t have accomplished some remarkable feats that we have been able to. Such collaborations are imperative for India as it moves further along its journey towards a healthcare transformation under the vision of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to achieve the vision of ‘Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah,Sarve Santu Niramayah’, which means may all become happy, may all become healthy”.

Also present at the event were Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW), Health & Family Welfare, Dr Balram Bharagav, DG, ICMR, Mr. Niclas Jacobson, Deputy Director-General at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, and senior officers from MoHFW and Govt. of Sweden.