AAPI to provide support for transforming healthcare delivery in Maharashtra
01/06/2014

Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), a global body of Indian doctors based in the USA, hosted a discussion in Mumbai to plan measures to improve and transform healthcare delivery in Maharashtra.

Online PR News – 06-January-2014 – Mumbai, Maharashtra – American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) to provide support for transforming healthcare delivery in Maharashtra

Mumbai, January 6, 2014: American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), a global body of Indian doctors based in the USA, hosted a discussion in Mumbai to plan measures to improve and transform healthcare delivery in Maharashtra. The discussion saw participation from Mumbai; Dr. Jayesh Lele, Secretary, Indian Medical Association; Dr. Jayesh Shah, AAPI President; Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar, President-Elect, AAPI and Mr. Anwar Feroz, Honorary Advisor of AAPI.

Key points that were discussed:

1. First release of rapid information transfer system to remote sites in Maharashtra State
2. Clinical workshops on site with USA certification for medical students and residents
3. CEO Forum to provide input from healthcare industry to medical and policy making bodies
4. Public Private Partnership

Further important points discussed include:

1. Arrive at a consensus and identify three to four key area for collaboration based on needs
2. Develop and roll out implementation plans for accomplishing the key objectives with selected initiatives (skills training, education, screening / diagnostics, and /or philanthropic activities with NGO)
3. Expand the pilot based on lessons learned and outcomes
4. Focus efforts on three key areas:
a. Support and strengthen existing 16 AAPI charitable clinics in India

b. Expand and strengthen AAPI Sewak Project (diabetes screening and testing)
c. Successfully launch Phase One of SwasthIndia web portal in collaboration with British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO, UK), Canadian Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage (CAPIH, Canada), Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO) and Govt. Of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
5. Explore potential of expansion and enhancement of Immunization by collaborating with IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics and Industry partners)

AAPI announced Mumbai as the destination for holding its 9th annual conference, ‘Global Health Summit’ (AAPI GHS 2015) from January 2 – 5, 2015. This Summit will be in collaboration with the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs & Union Ministry of Health, the Government of Maharashtra, several participating physician associations and the Mumbai Municipal Corporation. The Summit will witness participation from some of the world’s renowned physicians, community leaders and healthcare industry stalwarts. Various medical associations in India, Healthcare delivery organizations from U.K., Canada and Australia will partner the summit.

AAPI recently held its 8th annual conference, Global Health Summit 2014 in Ahmedabad (January 2-5, 2014) which was attended by over 1100 Doctors from India and abroad. The Summit was addressed by Hon’able Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health & family welfare; Hon’able Shri Vayalar Ravi, Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs; Hon’able Dr. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India and Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’able Chief Minister, Gujarat State.

Dr. Jayesh Shah, President, AAPI, said, “Physicians of Indian origin have earned a name for themselves globally in the field of medicine. Since our first summit in India, we have achieved several tangibles including the engagement of all notable sections of Indian government, and a ground breaking start of an alliance between AAPI, IMA & MCI. We are proud that through the platform of AAPI, we are able to share our expertise with medical professionals in India to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes in the country.”

According to Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar, President-Elect, AAPI: “AAPI aims to associate with healthcare organisations and institutions in Maharashtra with an aim to transform healthcare delivery, right up to rural areas. Today’s discussion has been extremely insightful. The outcome of these discussions, clubbed with our learnings and achievements from our previous summits, will help us implement the projects for Maharashtra soon and present heartening results in our 2015 summit.”
The Mumbai summit will include four plenary sessions, and six skill enhancement hands on training workshops. There will also be Symposiums on Public-private partnerships, a high level CEO Forum, in addition to Research activities and poster sessions, and a ceremony to recognize contributions in the basic and applied sciences.

About AAPI

AAPI is a forum to facilitate and enable Indian American Physicians to excel in patient care, teaching and research and to pursue their aspirations in professional and community affairs.

The mission of AAPI is to share best practices and experiences from leading experts in the world and develop actionable plans for launching demonstration projects that enable access to affordable and quality healthcare for all people. To accomplish this mission, AAPI is backed by leading healthcare experts and professional associations, including Indian Affairs and Indian Development foundation Overseas Indians.

Vision: Promote professional solidarity in the pursuit of excellence in patient care, teaching and research. Bring American medicine the distinctive contributions from India, and advance the American creed of one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

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