Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday urged the G20 to increase funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to strengthen global health funding and its governance for better preparedness. the pandemic.
“The G20 must increase the funds available for the WHO, mainly [funds] who are not affected, in addition to supporting ongoing multi-stakeholder mechanisms such as GAVI and CEPI with particular emphasis on equitable and affordable access, ”he said.
Mandaviya was addressing the joint virtual meeting of G20 finance and health ministers and said that in the event of a pandemic, no one is safe until everyone is safe. He participated in a discussion on concrete proposals to strengthen global governance of health financing.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of international health regulations and the need to strengthen global health governance,” said the minister.
Several parallel proposals are being discussed in multiple global forums on the need for a framework, convention or any other instrument on pandemic management. The Minister said that India is extending its support for this joint health and finance working group proposal. However, India proposed that WHO’s centrality be maintained in the area of health.
India also proposes that as several entities with overlapping mandates address pandemic preparedness and response, a clearly defined complementarity of all these initiatives must be seamlessly woven to create a global emergency management architecture. health, said the minister.
There is also a need to synchronize these multilateral initiatives between member states according to their local context at national level, he said.