Mumbai: Disease Management Association of India (DMAI) – the only not-for-profit organization in India focused on Population Health Improvement Alliance founded by Global Healthcare leaders from India has been granted a ‘Special Consultative Status’ by the United Nation’s Economic & Social Council, at a recently concluded meeting held in UN.
Special consultative status is granted to NGOs which have a special competence in, and are concerned specifically with, only a few of the fields of activity covered by the ECOSOC. The United Nations Economic and Social Council has 54 member states which are elected by the United Nations General Assembly for overlapping three-year terms
Speaking on this achievement, Mr Rajendra Pratap Gupta, President, DMAI, said, “India is on the verge of building its healthcare system and has a long way to go. DMAI is building the knowledge pool to contribute & convert ‘Ideas’ into ‘Reality’ for healthcare in India. This Special Consultative Status only is an indication of the fact that we are doing things the right way.”
He added, “When I founded this organization in 2009, the goal was to improve the healthcare of the country through better policies, and DMAI has been immensely successful in contributing to the same. All major reforms in Indian healthcare have come through our policy/advocacy initiatives/ recommendations.”
With grassroots understanding of the issues in Indian healthcare, DMAI has become the most influential organisation in healthcare policy and reforms in India. Healthcare policies of the Narendra Modi-led BJP Government have incorporated the suggestions made by DMAI such as the formulation of the National Health Policy, reforming medical education, Pre-emptive healthcare, child health, mobile health & telemedicine, occupation wellness, chronic disease management, etc.
DMAI’s Government Industry Dialogue initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, aims to address challenges in Indian healthcare with participation from the Prime Minister’s office, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Communication & IT, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Ministry of Women & Child Development, and Embassy of the United States of America, besides the healthcare industry.
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