The 11th annual Global Healthcare Summit organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin USA in Kolkata Dec. 29-31 attracted droves of people from around the world, offering countless seminars and forums providing valuable information and entertainment.

Among the sessions at the summit were a CEOs forum, women’s forum, launching a free health clinic, first responders training, CMEs, a research contest and fashion show, among several others.

India Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at the event urged all physicians of Indian origin to return to India and rededicate their lives for the wellbeing of their motherland, promising that all the opportunities are now available.

West Bengal Gov. Keshri Nath Tripathi, West Bengal Minister for Urban Development Firhad Hakim and other dignitaries were also present at the summit, believed to have been attended by more than 1,000 leading experts from several countries

“This GHS has promised to be one with the greatest impact and significant contributions towards harnessing the power of the international Indian diaspora to bring the most innovative, efficient, cost effective healthcare solutions to India,” AAPI president Dr. Gautam Samadder said. “AAPI has capped the voluminous achievements of the past 34 years with a clear vision to move forward taking this noble organization to newer heights,” the Indian American physician noted.

Other leaders of AAPI spoke at the event, including president-elect Dr. Naresh Parikh and Board of Directors chair Dr. Ashok Jain.

The conference was organized in partnership with the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, along with collaboration with over 15 professional associations from all over the world.

The summit was highlighted by the sixth annual CEO leadership forum, according to an AAPI news release. The forum featured more than 100 opinion leaders and expert speakers from many countries across the globe to present cutting edge scientific findings as these relate to clinical practice, representing major centers of excellence, institutions and professional associations, it said.

A healthcare clinic was held Dec. 29 offering medical care to the needy people of the Madhyamgram Prajapati Bhavan region. The clinic was organized in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Madhyamgram Metropolitan with more than 30 physicians treating over 200 patients.

“This is the first ever clinic sponsored by AAPI in the state of West Bengal and this is the 15th across the nation,” Samadder said. “AAPI provides financial assistance and medical care by AAPI members to the people of this historic city.”

AAPI noted that a unique aspect of the 2017 summit was a session on the impact of cinema on public health and awareness with a live conversation with Bollywood stars and producers, including Dr. Kapasi, Shekar Das and Dipankar Banerjee, who shared their personal experiences of making movies on social themes that impart education on various social topics.

The Women’s Leadership Forum, coordinated by Dr. Udaya Shivangi, featured Bollywood star Sharmila Tagore, and addressed the issue of how empowering women and educating them will help reduce infant mortality.

The theme chosen for the summit was “Healthcare, Career and Commerce,” with a focus on women’s healthcare, including high priority areas such as cardiology, maternal and child health, diabetes, oncology, surgery, mental health, HIT, allergy, immunology and lung health, gastroenterology, transplant and impact of comorbidities.

Following the summit, the delegates embarked on a tour to Bhutan from Jan. 1 through Jan. 4.

AAPI has been strategically engaged in working with the central and state governments of India for the past 10 years and has collaborated with more than 35 professional medical associations, pharmaceutical and medical device companies to address the health care challenges of a rapidly developing India, the association said.

“It is the passion, willingness and staunch loyalty towards the former motherland that draws several AAPI members to join this effort and by working with experts in India, AAPI is able to bring solutions that are India-centric and takes us closer to our lofty vision of making quality healthcare affordable and accessible to all people of India,” Samadder said. “With the changing trends and statistics in healthcare, both in India and the U.S., we are refocusing our mission and vision, AAPI would like to make a positive meaningful impact on the healthcare delivery system both in the U.S. and India.”

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