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    SCO Health Ministers Meeting to Take Place in Moscow Tuesday

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    The second consultation of the healthcare ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states will take place in Moscow on Tuesday, spokesman for the Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The SCO is a political, military and economic alliance that includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

    “The issue of multilateral cooperation under the framework of the SCO in the sphere of healthcare and the prospects for the development [of such cooperation] will be on [the meeting’s] agenda,” Oleg Salagai said.

    Salagai said that the ministers will discuss healthcare system reforms, struggle against fake, altered and counterfeit medical products and practices of creating lists of medications for providing guaranteed volume of health care services.

    He added that the Russian Health Minister will attend the Tuesday meeting and will also take part in a bilateral meeting with her counterpart from Kyrgyzstan.

    Mongolia, Iran, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan have observer status in the organization. In September 2014, Pakistan and India formally applied to join the alliance.

    The position of a dialogue partner envisages a state or an organization that shares the common aims and principles of the SCO and expresses willingness to cooperate with member states on equal terms for mutual benefit.

    On July 9-10, the Russian city of Ufa will host an annual SCO summit.


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