From nationwide health issues to Global Health issues, our mission is to solve them: – Dr. Tomar
Nims University in Jaipur, Rajasthan, has donned a new feather in its cap by joining the Academic Foundation of the World Health Summit i.e. M8 Alliance (The “M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies). This is an exclusive group of just 31 emerging health institutions from around the world, and only three medical universities represent South East Asia.
The World Health Summit, held in Berlin in 2023, recognized India’s remarkable achievements in public health, particularly its ‘Vaccine Maitri Program.’ They also said that the “Pandemic Agreement” will protect the world from diseases like coronavirus’.
The World Health Summit is a global health forum that convenes participants from various sectors, including politics, science, the private sector, and civil society, from across the globe. The theme of the WHS 2023 was ‘A defining year for global health action,’ emphasizing the urgency and importance of international collaboration to address critical health issues and pandemic challenges.
Nims University is now part of a select group of 31 global health institutions, including the IAP, which represents the National Academies of Medicine and Science in over 100 countries. The M8 Alliance functions as a think-tank for international discussions on health and educational policy, with a mission to promote global health and develop science-based solutions to global health challenges. It serves as a valuable resource for leading global organizations like the WHO.
This alliance includes renowned institutions such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the University of Charite-Germany, the University of Imperial College London, the National University of Singapore, the University of Geneva-Switzerland, the University of London School of Medicine, the University of Kyoto-Japan, the University of Sapienza-Italy, the University of Monash-Australia, the Russian Academy of Medicine-United States, the International Institute of Global Health of the United Nations University, the George Washington University-United States, and more.
Prof. (Dr.) Balvir S. Tomar, Chairman and Chancellor of Nims University, is on cloud nine as he expressed the University’s selection as a Member of the Alliance. He emphasized that this recognition is a tribute to the dedication, passion, and effort of everyone at NIMS. Involvement in this alliance allows us to focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the 10 SDGs adopted by our institute.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, highlighted the global health challenges, including disease outbreaks, poverty, and the climate crisis at the World Health Conference. Other international leaders and experts stressed the importance of adequate funding, strong public health systems, and international collaboration to enhance global health outcomes.
German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, speaking at the World Health Summit, called for international cooperation and a “Pandemic Agreement” to address global health challenges. EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides underlined the EU’s commitment to a new global health strategy.
Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley emphasized the need to invest in public health systems and infrastructure to improve the health of the world’s poor and refugee populations, who make up nearly half of the global population.
Axel R. Prez, President of the World Health Summit, stressed the collective responsibility to safeguard global health, ensuring everyone has a chance to live on Earth.
Dr. Tomar, at the World Health Summit, highlighted the importance of global cooperation and the challenge of climate change. He said that it is the time to confront and take action to address the health challenges from the national to global level.
The World Health Summit consolidates discussions from numerous events held throughout the year, including the World Health Assembly, G7, G20, BRICS meetings, and various initiatives focused on financing Universal Health Coverage. The World Health Summit 2023 featured distinguished speakers from various countries and sectors, all underscoring the importance of international collaboration and creative solutions to tackle global health issues in this crucial year for global health efforts.