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Swecare in collaboration with the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, the Swedish Trade Council and the Embassy of Sweden, arranged a delegation headed by the Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Mr. Göran Hägglund, to India in Februari 2012.
In 2009 Sweden and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the area of health. As a result, there are today many forms of collaboration going on between our two countries between agencies, research institutes and universities and there is also a great potential for increasing business relations.
The business delegation consisted of representatives from companies such as Elekta, Bactiguard, SCA, Avesina, Getinge, Big Care, Cavidi, Hemocue, ITAB Sintek, MedTech Magazine, Mölnycke and White Architects. Among the delegates there were also representatives from the National Board of Health and Welfare, the Swedish Agency for Growth and Policy Analysis and the Swedish National Institute of Public Health.
The delegation started off in Delhi with a visit to the private hospital, Medanta – The Medicity, founded in 2010 by the celebrity doctor Naresh Trehan who has previously worked as the president’s surgeon. Today Medanta has 1600 hospital beds and 500 employees. Medanta’s business model is based on lowering their prices in order to reach as many customers as possible. During the visit, the delegates had the opportunity to present themselves to the key staff at the hospital. This was followed by a tour around the hospital, including a visit to Elektas Linear Accelerator.
In the afternoon there was a study visit arranged at the private hospital, Max Super Speciality Hospital, being one of Max Healthcare’s eight hospitals. A presentation was held on Max Healthcare by Dr. Shubnam Singh. The delegation was later divided into groups, making sure each company were given the opportunity to meet their relevant counterpart.
In the evening, Bactiguard hosted a dinner for the delegation, celebrating their new partnership with the Indian company Cadila Pharma.
The second day in Delhi started with a meeting with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) where the companies were introduced to the work of the agency and also could ask questions about the regulation processes of India. CDSCO is the authority to contact when a company wants their medical advices- and products approved.
This was followed by a round table at The National Rural Health Mission of India (NRHM), hosted by Shri Keshav Desiraju, Additional secretary at the Ministry of Health. The NRHM is under the Indian Ministry of Health and the program which started in 2005 will continue until 2017. The aim of the NRHM is to provide healthcare to poor people on the countryside. The NRHM are seeking affordable diagnostics adapted for rural settings.
Parallell to the meeting at the NRHM, there was an inauguration of Elektas Gamma Knife at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS, India’s largest public hospital and medical college. The inauguration was followed by a seminar on ‘communicable diseases and ageing’, attended by the whole delegation.
In the evening there was a seminar on theme of “communicable diseases and infection control”. During the seminar Minister for Health and Social Affairs Mr. Göran Hägglund held a Symbiocare presentation, focusing on infection control. Furthermore, there were presentations from Dr. Anders Tegnell, The National Board of Health and Welfare, Dr R. S. Shukla, Joint Secretary, Ministry for Health and Family Welfare and Prof. Nirmal K Ganguly, Biotechnology Research Professor, National Institute of Immunology. The seminary included a panel discussion with representatives from Mölnycke, Getinge, Bactiguard, Hemocue and Cavidi. Dr. Martin Wikström from Growth Analysis acted as moderator. Through discussions within the panel and dialogue with the audience, the panel concluded that there is most often a need for Swedish products and services to adapt to the needs of the Indian market and that it is very important to educate the customer about your product.
The day was concluded with a reception at the ambassador’s residence with approximately 200 guests. During the reception, Bactiguard and the Indian company Cadila Pharma signed a cooperation agreement.
During the third day the delegation headed to the dynamic city of Hyderabad, the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh. The delegation visited the Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad. The Apollo Group was founded in 1983 and is today the largest healthcare provider in Asia. During the visit the delegation was divided into different interest areas for further discussions and visits to different parts of the hospital.
The visit to Apollo Hospital was followed by a round table discussion with the State Ministry of Andhra Pradesh. Both, Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Mr. Göran Hägglund, and Swedish ambassador to India, Lars-Olof Lindgren, held speeches. Each of the companies in the delegation held a brief presentation. The State Ministry of Andhra Pradesh wishes to increase their cooperation with Sweden within the area of health.
Finally, there was a mini symposium on “creating accessible healthcare – sharing best practices from Sweden and India”. There was a great influx of guests and they showed a huge interest for the Swedish delegation. White Architects presented the New Karolinska Solna concept. The New Karolinska Solna is inspiring for a country such as India, where there are constantly new hospitals being constructed and a great need for an upgrade of the existing ones. In the following panel discussion one could find representatives from Hemocue, White Architects, Cavidi and ITAB Sintek. The evening ended with a reception and business mingle where the Swedish companies had the opportunity to interact with the Indian guests.
During the last day of the delegation the companies had individual meeting in different cities all over India. These meeting had been organized prior to the Health Delegation.
Swecare is together with representatives of the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs part of
the Indo-Swedish joint working group that implements the MoU on health. The chairman of the group is Shri Keshav Desiraju, Additional secretary at the Ministry of Health. The aim of the Indo-Swedish joint working group is to increase Swedish and Indian cooperation in the field of healthcare. The Indian counterparts highlighted the increasing national cancer prevalence and the ambition to establish state of the art cancer centers in each of India’s 28 states. The struggle against hiv/aids and the need for “accessible healthcare” is prioritized in India. There is a desire to learn more about the Swedish way to work with elderly care. Mental health is another prioritized area for the Indian Ministry of Health where they seek a closer collaboration with Sweden. For the first time a couple of companies were given the opportunity to participate in the meeting and present the areas for which they would like to collaborate with the Indian Ministry of Health.
Throughout the delegation trip we have experienced a great interest for the Swedish healthcare-model and our Swedish companies. In general the delegates seem to be very satisfied and Minister for Health and Social Affairs Mr. Göran Hägglund considers it to be the most interesting and rewarding delegation trip he has taken part in.
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