Public health systems’ response to epidemiological threats in BRICS member states
On June 29, 2020 National Committee on BRICS Research and BRICS Russia Expert Council held the First Online Round Table of the Civil BRICS Food and Healthcare working group, titled "Public health systems’ response to epidemiological threats in BRICS member states" within the Russia BRICS Chairmanship 2020.
First round table focused on not only brief-observe regarding the situation with COVID-19 outbreak in BRICS-countries but also issues related to medicines, treatment and vaccination.
The event was attended by distinguished experts from BRICS countries, including Mr. Pedro Villardi, Coordinator of Intellectual Property Working Group at Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (Brazil), Mr. Sergey Golovin, Head of Intellectual Property and Accessibility division at EECA Treatment Preparedness Coalition (Russia), Ms. Kajal Bhardwaj, Independent expert on health and human rights, leader in the access to medicines movement (India).
The meeting was chaired by Dr. Victoria Panova, Managing Director of the National Committee on BRICS Research (Russia); Scientific Supervisor of the BRICS Russia Expert Council and moderated by Mr. Stepan Kanakin, Project manager at the AIDS infoshare.
Video is available by following the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQnuOL7BcO0
National Committee on BRICS Research is a non-profit academic think tank, created in 2011. The primary goal of the Committee is to promote Russia’s position and its expert assessments internationally, and to coordinate the activities of leading research organizations and experts regarding BRICS. With Russia’s Chairmanship of BRICS in 2015 and 2020, the Committee’s work has acquired special importance. The National Committee on BRICS Research is an integral part of all the main activities being conducted by the Russian Federation in the framework of its BRICS Chairmanship.
BRICS Russia Expert Council was created in 2019 to carry out scientific research, expert advisory and analytical activities within the framework of preparing and ensuring the Chairmanship of the Russian Federation in the BRICS association with the participation of the National Committee on BRICS Research on the basis of the structural subdivision of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Service under the President of the Russian Federation. The main purpose of the BRICS Expert Council is to organize and carry out research, create expert platforms, work out meaningful issues of ensuring the activity of Russia in the BRICS association, including within the framework of its Chairmanship in 2020, and study the strategies of developing countries and new international formats.
Civil BRICS as an innovative political process was launched in 2015, the year of the Russian Presidency. As its main objective, the Civil BRICS aimed to ensure a constructive dialogue between the representatives of the civil society of the BRICS Member States and the guest countries with the decision-makers on the most important social issues – healthcare, education, culture, development, urban problems, finance, conflicts resolution and economy. The First Civil Society Forum took place in Moscow June 17-19, 2015. The Forum hosted 400 participants, of which 200 came to the Forum through the Fellowship Programme supported by the Russian Government.