“Convergence between Ministries, States and stakeholders is critical to the achievements of shared goals for health of women, children and adolescents,” stated Union Health and Family Welfare minister, J P Nadda, at the curtain raiser event for the 2018 Partners’ Forum. A global event which will provide a unique platform for learning and exchange between countries on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCH+A).
Speaking at the function, JP Nadda further stated that, the Government is committed to collaboration for expanding universal health coverage for women, adolescents and children.
Highlighting the achievements of the Ministry, J P Nadda said, “We have accelerated our progress towards our target of 90% full immunization coverage. Earlier the increase in full immunization coverage was 1% per year which has increased to 7% per year through ‘Mission Indradhanush’. “We have launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI), the special drive will focus on improving immunization to more than 90% by December 2018,” Shri Nadda said. The Union Health Minister further stated that India is officially acknowledged as being Yaws-free and has been validated for Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE).
He further stated, in a step towards provision of comprehensive primary care, the Government has initiated universal screening of common NCDs such as diabetes, hypertension and common cancers at the sub-centre and Primary Health Centre. “This will enable the strengthening of preventive and promotive health, improve patient referral and access to secondary care services, he added. Shri
Underscoring the importance of the 2018 Partners’ Forum, Dr Michelle Bachelet said, “Cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder partnerships were vital to push forward for progress on improved health at every life stage.”
Dr Bachelet emphasized the need for global sharing of best practices and technical expertise at the civil society, academic, private sector and governmental levels to change public discourse and lead society into adopting innovative methods to resolve issues and improve health indicators in children, adolescents and women.
Bollywood diva, Priyanka Chopra was also present for the event. Priyanka, highlighted the importance of a healthy childhood with good quality health care as it sets the course for positive adolescence, adulthood and parenthood.
“We need to give girls the same opportunities as boys if we want them to be healthy and successful”, she said. She further stated that across the world, girls have become community leaders due to the support of the community. “Let’s start valuing the girl child. I hope that by lending my voice I can make a difference to their lives,” Ms Priyanka Chopra added.