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UN ECOSOC grants ‘Special Consultative Status’ to Indian nonprofit

Sep 02, 2015

The Disease Management Association of India (DMAI) is a not-for-profit organisation that works towards achieving accountable, affordable and accessible healthcare in India.

Mumbai: Disease Management Association of India (DMAI), a not-for-profit organization in India focused on Population Health Improvement Alliance has been granted a ‘Special Consultative Status’ by the UN ECOSOC, at a recently concluded meeting held in UN.

The United Nation’s Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC), is United Nations' agency on economic and social issues.

Special consultative status is granted to NGOs which have a special competence in, and are concerned specifically with, only a few of the fields of activity covered by the ECOSOC. The United Nations Economic and Social Council has 54 member states which are elected by the United Nations General Assembly for overlapping three-year terms.

Rajendra Pratap Gupta, President, DMAI, said, “India is on the verge of building its healthcare system and has a long way to go. DMAI is building the knowledge pool to contribute and convert ‘Ideas’ into ‘Reality’ for healthcare in India. This Special Consultative Status only is an indication of the fact that we are doing things the right way.”

Gupta added, “When I founded this organization in 2009, the goal was to improve the healthcare of the country through better policies, and DMAI has been immensely successful in contributing to the same.”

Founded by Global Healthcare leaders from India, DMAI is an influential organisation in healthcare policy and reforms in India.

The NGO claims that healthcare policies of the Narendra Modi-led BJP Government have incorporated the suggestions made by DMAI such as the formulation of the National Health Policy, reforming medical education, Pre-emptive healthcare, child health, mobile health & telemedicine, occupation wellness and chronic disease management.

DMAI’s Government-Industry dialogue initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare aims to address challenges in Indian healthcare with participation from the Prime Minister's office, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Communication & IT, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Ministry of Women & Child Development, and Embassy of the United States of America, besides the healthcare industry.

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