1. Back to the ‘60s
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1. Back to the ‘60s
  • Indo-Swedish collaboration in healthcare dates back to the 1960s, with Sweden providing aid under the India Population Project. This expanded dramatically in the 1970s, with a boost in aid amount and enabling texting services in over 1,500 healthcare facilities. From 1978 to 1990, Sweden provided India with assistance in three National Programmes (Malaria, Leprosy and TB control). Thereafter, Sweden began to support Indian NGOs and multilateral organisations directly.
2. A New Platform
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2. A New Platform
  • In 2014, Sweden launched a life science and healthcare platform in India. Founded on triple-helix model – partnership between Government, academia and private industry – that influences Swedish healthcare and Indian best practices, the platform aims to promote sustainability in the sector. Former Ambassador to Sweden Harald Sandberg said “…We will engage all stakeholders to meet healthcare challenges in India. We will act as a facilitator.”1
3. Indo-Swedish MoUs
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3. Indo-Swedish MoUs
  • The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden, and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in February 20092, to promote bilateral cooperation in the area of healthcare and public health. Twelve areas were identified as areas of mutual interest.3
4. Better Together
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4. Better Together
  • A Joint Working Group was constituted under the healthcare and public health Memorandum of Understanding of 2009. The joint working group aims to coordinate and mutually fulfill the aims and expectations of the Memorandum of Understanding. The joint working group has met six times to discuss prioritized areas of mutual interest and its implementation.4
Source: 1, 2, 3, 4