NATHEALTH signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Task Force Health Care (TFHC) Working Group India in the presence of The Prime Minister of The Netherlands Mark Rutte. Dutch Ministers Lilianne Ploumen – Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and Sharon Dijksma- Agriculture also graced the event held in Delhi at Taj Palace Hotel. This collaboration is intended to improve healthcare and the life sciences and healthcare sector in both countries through a strong cooperation between the two organizations and its members.
The present MoU will come into effect from the date of signing and will remain effective for a period of three years.
On the occasion, Anjan Bose, Secretary General, NATHEALTH, said “Our key objective of signing the MoU is to promote cooperation and exchange of information, knowledge and expertise between NATHEALTH and TFHC in the field of life sciences and health, on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit, taking into account the applicable laws and legal provisions in each country.”
Len de Jong, Task Force Health Care, Chairman working group India, said “The Task Force Health Care is an innovative Dutch platform for the medical sector, which combines the expertise of companies, NGO’s, knowledge-institutes and the Dutch government. The Netherlands are keen to share their knowledge and experience with that of India. Together we will be able to provide excellent medical healthcare in India as well as in the Netherlands.”
Adding to this Sushobhan Dasgupta, President, NATHEALTH, said, “India needs a significant increase in funding ($three trillion cumulatively) to bridge the gaps in Indian healthcare ecosystem. Through this alliance NATHEALTH and Task Force Health Care will develop and strengthen cooperation and exchange in hospital building and infrastructure, healthy aging including rehabilitation, health systems strengthening including e-health and management, medical devices, equipment and medical technology, education and training, best practice sharing and alignment with National Health Policies of the respective countries.”
Sander Vorselman, Task Force Health Care, Vice-Chairman working group India, said “The Netherlands continues to have the best health care system in the EU. I am looking forward to learning more about Indian healthcare possibilities, while sharing our Dutch knowledge on infrastructure, buildings, and hospital planning. This MOU will provide the opportunity for strong cooperation and will prove mutually beneficial.”
Rahul Khosla, Senior Vice President, NATHEALTH, said “ The creation of physical and financial access to healthcare for every citizen is core to the development of the economy. This will be essential to build the ‘safety net’ that every citizen is entitled to. India can draw learning from several countries (developed and developing) around the world on how they have progressed in building the backbone of infrastructure (physical and social) for the growth of their economies. This association is a step forward towards that. The coordination of all activities under this Memorandum of Understanding will be done by the Secretariat of Healthcare Federation of India (NATHEALTH) and the Programme Management of the TFHC Working Group India.