US Committed To Helping Eradicate HIV/AIDS In India
HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt on Friday said the U.S. is committed to helping India eradicateHIV/AIDS and malaria, as well as other diseases, PTI/Hindu reports (PTI/Hindu, 1/11). Leavittis on a trip to Indiathat focuses on import safety, as well as scientific and researchcollaboration. During his visit, Leavitt met with senior government officials,university faculty and students, and business leaders. Leavitt also visitedfacilities that produce food, medicine and other products exported to the U.S.(Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 1/8).
Leavitt said India'spartnership with the U.S.to eradicate HIV/AIDS is "very important." He added that of the 57generic antiretroviral drugs approved by FDA, 52 have come from India. "Wehave a mutual commitment to ensure that products that are produced forconsumers are safe and of high quality," Leavitt said.
Leavitt on Friday also discussed with Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss India's desireto establish a food and drug administration similar to FDA. He added that the U.S. would be "supportive" of India's effortsto establish the administration and is "willing to provide technicalassistance" (PTI/Hindu, 1/11).
According to UNI/Deccan Herald, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has committed $30 million to support HIVtreatment and support programs in India (UNI/Deccan Herald,1/11). HHS last year through agencies such as NIH, CDC and FDAcommitted $30 million to U.S.-India collaboration for various programs,including HIV surveillance and treatment (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 1/8).
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