Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) to promote the Health Village project in rural India.
CII and AAPI have come together to promote healthy growth in the rural region of India. The programme will rely heavily on the India America Council to launch programmes, which will help in the meaningful engagement of the Diaspora. The MoU will enable CII to bring in a lot of knowledge transfer from AAPI. The project is mainly focused on five diseases, including cancer of the cervix, cancer of the prostrate, heart disease, diabetes and deafness in children, which can easily be prevented. According to Sam Pitroda, chairman, IAC and Knowledge Commission, the commission is willing to start telemedicine centres in rural areas, so the commission is building 100 networks, which will connect 500 nodes in India. The commission is talking with telecom service providers like Bharti, Reliance and BSNL for the project. With this MoU, and with activation of telemedicine, these villages will have access to AAPI's base of doctors and facilitate transfer of knowledge and technology along with the development of emergency medical services.