Science and Technology, Health and Innovation
At the close of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's meetings with the Government of India July 20, 2009, the two governments issued a joint statement regarding their intentions to accelerate the growth of their bilateral relationship to enhance global prosperity and stability in the 21st century. The two governments outlined a Strategic Dialogue that will focus on five principal pillars: strategic cooperation; energy and climate change; education and development; economics, trade and agriculture; science and technology, health and innovation. Through a coherent structure of bilateral working groups, the two governments will address a wide range of issues with the goal of producing concrete results.
Science and Technology, Health and Innovation working groups will explore new areas for cooperation in leading technologies and in addressing global health challenges. Here are some of the activities between the two governments that are advancing cooperation in science and technology, health and innovation.
Gates foundation promoting good health
Melinda Gates, co-founder and co-chair of the Gates Foundation, called on Ambassador Roemer, March 26, 2010 during her visit to India. The Gates Foundation invests substantially in health-related initiatives in India, especially HIV-AIDS prevention and maternal and newborn health.
The worth of water, by Ambassador Timothy J. Roemer, The Indian Express, Monday, March 22, 2010
"I am constantly reminded of how lack of access to such a basic resource, one that so many of us take for granted, can have devastating effects".
Assistant Secretary Blake on science and technology U.S. underlines cooperation in health science sector
In a speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs February 18, 2010, U.S. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake said, "This Center highlights a continuation and expansion of the U.S. and India's fifty-year history of bi-lateral innovation and discovery in the medical research field. Our two countries have worked together to translate scientific discoveries into life-saving practices for a very long time and will continue to do so".
President Obama and Prime Minister Singh announce a seventh Regional Global Disease Detection Center in India, November 24, 2009
The Center will be part of the Global Disease Detection (GDD) network. This GDD collaboration will include a range of activities, such as emerging disease detection and response, pandemic influenza preparedness and response, laboratory systems and biosafety, field epidemiology training, health communications, and zoonotic disease investigation and control. Other Regional Centers include Kenya, Thailand, Guatemala, Egypt, China, and Kazakhstan.
Launch of the Health Dialogue, November 24, 2009
The first meeting of the U.S.-India Health Dialogue is planned for early 2010 in Washington. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sebelius is the U.S. lead and Minister of Health and Family Welfare Azad will lead for India.
Cooperation on Urban Health, November 24, 2009
The U.S. Agency for International Development's soon to be launched Health of the Urban Poor Program will aim to improve reproductive and child health in urban poor populations, especially for those dwelling in slums, by building the local capacity, improving program implementation and increasing resource allocation for urban health through policy analysis. The program will work in close collaboration with urban local bodies and Indian national and state governments.
Joint research endowment, July 20, 2009
Secretary Clinton and Indian Minister of External Affairs S. M. Krishna signed an agreement July 20, 2009 jointly creating a $30 million endowment to be used for joint research and development, innovation, entrepreneurial, and commercialization activities in science and technology. The agreement builds on a strong history of U.S.-India collaboration in science and technology and will strengthen and expand cooperation by stimulating capacity building, contributing to economic growth, encouraging opportunities for job creation, and improving the quality of life for citizens of India, the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Technology Safeguards Agreements, July 20, 2009
The two governments signed a Technology Safeguards Agreement and associated side letters pertaining to the use of U.S.-licensed components on spacecraft launched from Indian facilities. Practically, the agreement will facilitate the launch of U.S.-licensed spacecraft components and safeguard protected technologies and data of both countries. The side letters commit the United States and India to enter into consultations regarding the market for commercial space launch and satellite services.