World Local Production Forum (WLPF)

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Overview:

Recently, the Indian delegation led by the Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers participated in the 2nd World Local Production Forum at The Hague.

About World Local Production Forum

  • It is an initiative of the World Health Organisation.
  • The first WLPF was organized virtually in 2021.
  • Aim: Increasing access to medicines and other health technologies.
  • This forum provides Member States and the global community with a regular platform to shape strategies, galvanize collective action, and foster partnerships on sustainable local production to improve timely and equitable access to quality assured health products. 
  • Secretariat: The Local Production and Assistance (LPA) Unit at the WLPF.
  • The second WLPF aims
    • To provide a global platform to discuss key challenges in promoting local production and technology transfer.
    • To explore opportunities and mechanisms to tackle the bottlenecks.
    • To promote sustainable local production capacity to improve access to quality, safe and effective health products and technologies. 

Key facts about World Health Organisation

  • It was established in 1948.
  • It is a United Nations agency that connects nations, partners and people to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable.
  • It provides technical assistance to countries, sets international health standards, and collects data on global health issues.
  • It has played a leading role in several public health achievements, most notably the Eradication of smallpox, the near-eradication of polio, and the development of an Ebola
  • The World Health Assembly, the agency's decision-making body, elects and advises an executive board made up of 34 health specialists.

Q1) What is Ebola?

It is a viral disease that can cause a severe and often fatal illness in humans. It is caused by the Ebola virus, which is part of the Filoviridae family. Ebola is characterized by a sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache, and a sore throat, which is often followed by vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver function, and, in some cases, internal and external bleeding.

Source: Indian delegation led by Union MoS Bhagwant Khuba to leave for Netherlands to participate in 2nd World Local Production Forum