Canada India Healthcare Forum 2015, Toronto, May 2015
CIF’s Canada India Healthcare Forum 2015 is scheduled to be held in Toronto, Canada on May 19-20, 2015, at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto.
Canada India Foundation (CIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy organization established to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India. Among its numerous initiatives, one set stands out, the Canada India Forums. The following forums have been organized by CIF so far:
- Canada India Energy Forum 2009
- Canada India Mining and Metals Forum 2010
- Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum 2012
- Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014
CIF invited senior leaders of government and government agencies, CEO’s and other leaders of private sector, independent industry experts, academicians to take part in panel sessions on a full range of sub-topics, with each panel consisting of 5-6 stakeholders engaging in a discussion on the sub-topic, culminating in a Go-Forward session, where the main discussion points were consolidated in to prioritized recommendations for action.
CIF would like to take this opportunity to present the plans for its next forum, Canada India Healthcare Forum 2015, scheduled to take place on May 19-20, 2015.Universal Healthcare (Medicare) has long been one of the defining attributes of Canada as a nation and a source of admiration and envy of many nations. On the other hand, while India has made remarkable strides in the well-being of its citizens in the past decade, healthcare remains one of the biggest challenges for the nation of 1.2 billion people. The present Government of India has demonstrated its commitment to healthcare by taking up Free Drug Service and Free Diagnosis Service as a priority in its budget. It has also announced creation of six new high caliber medical institutions (AIIMS), as well as drug testing laboratories and rural health research centres. The recent Clean India (Swachh Bharat) campaign launched by India’s Prime Minister Modi will also create the right environment to achieve healthcare targets. The change in the government in India this year and the pro-active and well-received initiatives it has announced provides Canadian/Ontario governments and companies to work together with their Indian counterparts to address healthcare opportunities and challenges for the benefit of people of both countries.
The proposed Canada India Healthcare Forum 2015 will bring together government representatives and healthcare experts from the two countries to discuss ways for raising the healthcare bar in India, utilizing Canadian expertise and experience while understanding any challenges that may lie in the way. Some of the key areas of healthcare proposed to be discussed include:
Diseases prevalent among South Asians (Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke),
Research, Rehabilitation including occupational therapy,
Pharmaceuticals including generic drugs,
Specialty health (heart, eyes etc.),
Credential recognition and partnership programs,
Health outreach to native and tribal populations including:
distance care through Mobile Hospitals, Alternative medicine,
Wellness (including tapping into India’s traditional healthcare options, such as:
yoga and medical tourism.
The objectives of the Canada India Healthcare Forum are:
- Provide a platform for healthcare sector specific dialogue among Indian and Canadian stakeholders
- Present current developments in the healthcare sector in India
- Promote business opportunities for Canadian and Indian healthcare companies
- Publish a policy paper on healthcare cooperation between Canada and India
As always is the case with all of CIF’s Canada-India Forums, the Canada India Healthcare Forum will also crystallize the discussions into a set of action oriented recommendations for Canada-India collaboration in this very important sector.
CIF is pleased to have the support of the Toronto Rehab Foundation – University Health Network and the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber (ICBC), based in India, as Organizing Partners to ensure strong participation by Canadian and Indian private sector and public sector agencies. With regard to the potential speakers and participating organizations, the following have agreed to or are interested to participate in the Forum so far:
Hon. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health, Government of Ontario
Hon. Dipika Damerla, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Government of Ontario
Apollo Hospitals (India) – multipurpose hospitals
Narayana Hrudayala (India) – Heart specialty hospital
Arvind Eye Hospitals (India) – Eye specialty hospital
CIPLA (India) – Pharmaceuticals
Manipal Hospitals (India) – super specialty hospitals
Cognizant (India) – Healthcare Information Systems
Mennakshi Mission Hospital (India) – Rural Healthcare
PURA (India) – Rural healthcare
Toronto Rehab (Canada) - Rehabilitation
Apotex (Canada) – Pharmaceuticals
Bromed Pharmaceuticals (Canada)
Grand Challenges Canada – Health Innovation in developing countries
Trillium Health Partners Foundation (Canada) – Public healthcare
Discussions are taking place with several other Canadian and Indian organizations and expert individuals regarding their participation. The ultimate success of the Forum will be in the participation of governments from both countries, so that any policy level recommendations for joint collaboration can move towards actual implementation.
Expected attendance in the Forum will be 150-200. Attendees will include ministerial and other senior representatives from federal and provincial governments in Canada and India, CEO’s and senior executives of healthcare provider companies in Canada and India, including manufacturers, specialty hospitals, social agencies, academic institutions, alternative medicine service providers, medical and pharmaceutical professionals and many others.
CONTACT:Kalyan SundaramExecutive DirectorCanada India Foundation(416) 779-5237