and malaria are generally under control. Some troublesome
in the border areas particularly, but compared with other countries, we don’t have the scale of problem with malaria here.” However, progress still needs to be made to eliminate these, particularly malaria and HIV. The targets for TB, it looks relatively on track. I mean, 2025 is far away, but from all that we’re seeing at this point, there’s been huge progress and you are on track to achieve that,” she said, on her recent visit to India.
Morauta also lauded the efforts of the Indian pharma industry’s efforts during the COVID-19. During the pandemic, India exported life-saving medicines and medical equipment to more than 150 countries, as well as more than 65 million doses of
vaccines to nearly 100 countries. “The Indian pharma industry is really important to global pharma because of the huge volume of procurement that we make of Indian health products. So the success of pharma in India is vital. India can be described as being the pharmacy for the world,” Morauta told IANS.
“The role of Indian pharma industry has been an important one and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, its role continued to evolve and we see it to be critical, particularly of helping us to drive equitable access to quality assured health countermeasures,” added Hui Yang, Head of Supply Operations, The Global Fund. She said India pharma industry is supplying roughly around 50 percent of the health product that the non-profit procures, which includes antiretroviral treatments for HIV, the anti-malarial and the insecticide treatments, the bed net as well as the diagnostics solutions. In its efforts to end AIDS, TB and malaria and strengthen health systems, the Global Fund procures health products from manufacturers in India valued at an estimated $600 million annually (2✔ ✔Trusted Source
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Yang said that in the coming days the Indian pharma industry will predominantly be able to drive the scaled and affordable access to lifesaving health products: medicines, diagnostics, and vaccines, because of the scale of the generic manufacturers in India. She noted that the competitive manufacturing market in the company offers or improves the overall affordability of the health products. Yang also vouched for the quality of the products owing to stringent regulatory approvals.
- National Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis – (https://tbcindia.gov.in/WriteReadData/NSP%20Draft%2020.02.2017%201.pdf)
India and the Global Fund: A strategic partnership with a national, regional, and global future – (https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/opinion/2023/2023-08-29-india-global-fund-a-strategic-partnership-with-a-national-regional-and-global-future/)