MoU on Health, Pretoria, 17 October 2007


MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA, THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC OF BRAZIL AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA.

The Government of the Republic of India, the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Government of the Republic of South Africa (hereinafter referred to as "the parties");

Recognizing that cooperation in the field of health and medicine will contribute to the strengthening of friendly relations among India, Brazil and South Africa under IBSA dialogue fora;

Have reached the following understanding:

ARTICLE-I

The Parties shall promote and develop cooperation in the field of health and medical sciences on the basis of equality, mutual benefits and in accordance with the existing laws and regulations of each country.

ARTICLE-2

The Cooperation among the Parties shall be initiated in the following areas;

2 HIVIAIDS which will include the following:

a) Efforts to establish a common strategy and develop parallel actions in the three countries in response to the HIV epidemic, m accordance with national specificities;

b) Production of Antiretroviral Drugs (ARVs) and other medicines for the treatment of AIDS and opportunistic infections for ensuring affordable universal access to life-saving emergency drugs;

c) Research, development and production of vaccines and microbicides including raw materials in conjunction with the IBSA collaborative Science and Technology (S&T) programme of work;

d) Production of raw materials for the manufacturing of rapid tests, CD4 test, viral load and geno-typing, and

e) Transfer and sharing of technology in laboratory science for quality assurance, drug resistance research, manufacture of low cost diagnostic kits and related resources.

2 Tuberculosis (TB) programme development, including community- based programme, medicines and co-infection HIV-TB.

3 Malaria programme, including community-based programmes, diagnostics, treatment and vector control.

4 Pharmaceutical assistance programme including regulation and registration of health products.

5 Procurement of medicines.

6 Vaccines.

7 Medical Research and development, in conjunction with the IBSA S&T Programme of Work.

8 Traditional Medicine.

9 Intellectual property rights.

10 Disease surveillance.

ARTICLE-3

Cooperation among parties shall be implemented through:

a) Exchanging, disseminating and sharing of information in the field of health and medicine, including updated medical achievements;

b) Exchanging of health professionals for purposes of sharing new techniques and technologies, including training and educational programmes, agreed to by the Parties;

c) Scientific cooperation programmes by means of seminars, workshops and joint collaborative projects;

d) Transfer of technology.

ARTICLE - 4

A Working Group shall be set up to further elaborate the details of cooperation and to oversee the implementation of this Memorandum of Understanding. The Working Group will meet trilaterally at least once in a year, in India, Brazil or South Africa. The composition of the Working Group and venue for its meeting as well as its implementation and mandate shall be mutually agreed upon among the parties.

ARTICLE- 5

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Republic of India, the Ministry of Health of the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Department of Health of the Republic of South Africa shall be the implementing agencies for the actions established by this Memorandum of Understanding.

ARTICLE- 6

This Memorandum of Understanding may be amended upon agreement of the Parties through an exchange of notes through the diplomatic channels

ARTICLE -7

In case any disagreement or dispute occurs concerning the execution of this Memorandum of Understanding, such issue shall be settled through consultation among the Parties.

ARTICLE - 8

1. The Memorandum of Understanding shall enter into force on the date of its signature and shall remain in force for a period of five years. The Memorandum of Understanding shall be automatically extended for another five years.

2. Either party may terminate this Memorandum of Understanding by giving written notice to the other Parties. Such termination shall take effect six months after the date of receipt of written notice by the terminating Party. The validity and duration of ongoing actions shall not be affected in case of termination.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, being duly authorized thereto by their respective Governments, have signed and sealed this MoU in three originals in the Hindi, Portuguese and English languages, all texts being equally authentic. If the case of any divergence of interpretation, the English text shall prevail.

Done at Pretoria on the 17th October 2007 in three originals in Hindi, Portuguese and English languages, all texts being equally authentic. In case of any divergence of interpretation, the English text shall prevail.

FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA

GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC OF BRAZIL

FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA



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