TOPIC : Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or
affecting India’s interests
5) There is an urgent need for cooperation in the field of regulation, amongst the medicine regulatory agencies of the BRICS countries. Analyse.(250 words)
Why this question
Inter-BRICS health cooperation is gaining momentum and represents a promising channel for improving health as illustrated by the yearly meetings of the respective ministers of health. Such cooperation provides the countries with a valuable platform to share their experiences and to work together to address key public health issues, including neglected tropical diseases. India has recently signed a MoU in this direction. The issue is related to GS- syllabus-
Key demand of the question
The question wants us to discuss why BRICS countries must cooperate in the field of regulation
amongst the medical regulatory agencies, what are the benefits involved.
Analyze- we have to breakup the question into individual key issues involved here, and then write in detail about the each and bring about a holistic answer as per the demand of the question.
Structure of the answer
Introduction- introduce your answer by mentioning some key related facts for BRICS. E.g BRICS countries represent around 25% of the world’s gross national income, more than 40% of the world’s population and about 40% of the global burden of disease.
Body- divide the body into two parts.
In one part, discuss why there is a need for cooperation among regulating agencies of BRICS countries. e.g internationalization of education, migration of doctors, treatment of higher education as a trading commodity in WTO, high disease burden, greater role for the group in future.
IN the other part, discuss what has already been done ( e.g centre for Health Policy and promotion’s efforts, recent MoU etc.
Conclusion- briefly highlight the growing importance, prosperity and high disease burden of BRICS countries and bring out a concise yet holistic conclusion, based on the above analysis.