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Pakistan to Host Its First Global Health Security Summit in November

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Aqsa Younas Rana
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Pakistan's First Global Health Security Summit

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Pakistan is set to mark a significant milestone in global health as it prepares to host its first-ever Global Health Security Summit in November. This announcement was made by the country's Caretaker Federal Health Minister, Dr Nadeem Jan, during a meeting with Khazar Farhadov, the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan.

Dr Jan stated that the summit aims to showcase Pakistan's capacity to lead the global health agenda, with a particular focus on pandemic preparedness and response, vaccine equity, and strengthening the healthcare infrastructure in low and middle-income countries. The summit expects to see participation from health leaders, officials, and experts from around the globe, solidifying Pakistan's position as a leader in global health.

Depoliticising Pandemics for Developing Countries

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The theme of the summit is the depoliticisation of pandemics, focusing on building inherent resilience in developing countries. The goal is to avoid disproportionate utilisation of vaccines between the first and third world countries. The summit will also address the issue of patents and the utilisation of manufacturing industries across nations.

Dr Jan emphasised the importance of technology transfer for molecular manufacturing, highlighting the initiatives Pakistan has undertaken to improve public health. These include increasing the availability of medicines and establishing pharmaceutical parks.

Azerbaijan's Support and Mutual Cooperation

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The Ambassador of Azerbaijan, Khazar Farhadov, lauded these initiatives and suggested that both countries could benefit from sharing experiences in the field of medicine. He proposed cooperation in allowing medical students from both nations to enrol in government-approved universities.

Pakistan's efforts towards improving global health have been appreciated by various countries, including Saudi Arabia. The recently established Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) initiative is promoting investment in the country, further strengthening Pakistan's position in the global health sector.

Preparing for the Global Health Security Summit

Preparations for the global summit are in full swing, with Pakistan's Federal Secretary for Health, Iftikhar Shallwani, chairing the preparatory meetings. The summit will be attended by 70 country delegates and include 500 participants. It will conclude with the issuance of an Islamabad Declaration, echoing the global commitment to fighting the spread of disease and ensuring optimal preparation through a stronger and more resilient health infrastructure.

Pakistan currently chairs the Global Health Security Agenda, and hosting this summit will allow the country to demonstrate its strong resolve and commitment to global health security.

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