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Joint Report: 2009-2010 Results of the U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission: Health

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

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Russian Minister of Health and Social Development Tatyana Golikova and
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius

Inter-Agency Participants:



Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Security Council

Department of State

U.S. Agency for International Development

Ministry of Health and Social Development (MOHSD)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (RAMS)

Dates Group Convened:

July 2009:

HHS and MOHSD signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate joint research and experts’ exchanges in the areas of infectious disease, chronic and non-communicable disease, promoting healthy lifestyles, maternal and child health protection, and improving global health.

November 2009:

NIH and Russian Academy of Medical Sciences signed in Moscow a Statement of Intent on the development of scientific cooperation

December 2009:

NIH Associate Director of International Research and Director of the Fogarty International Center Dr. Roger Glass and Director of NIH’s Clinical Center, Dr. Gallin, met with Deputy Minister of Health Skvortsova in Moscow.

April 2010:

Dr. Jack Whitescarver, head of NIH’s Office of AIDS Research met with Russian counterparts in Moscow.

May 2010:

Secretary Sebelius and Deputy Health Minister Skvortsova met in Geneva and discussed a plan prepared by the parties to implement the Memorandum of Understanding, as well as noted the potential areas of cooperation (promoting healthy lifestyles, maternal and child health and scientific collaboration).


  • Scientific Collaboration: In October 2009, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Russian MOHSD co-sponsored an HIV Prevention Workshop during the Regional HIV/AIDS Conference. In November 2009, the NIH, National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Institute of Medicine signed a Statement of Intent with RAMS to create a Health Science Forum to facilitate joint biomedical research between public and private sector organizations. In April 2010, U.S. and Russian medical research agencies formed a Joint Working Group on HIV Prevention Research. In May, the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) and RAMS sponsored a joint workshop on combating multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis.

  • Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: In November 2009, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Russian Minister for Transportation Igor Levitin and U.S. and Russian health officials discussed transportation safety on the margins of the International Road Safety Conference held in Moscow. In February 2010, the Director of the RAMS Institute of Nutrition visited Washington to discuss the link between nutrition, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases. In April 2010, with support of the Working Group, a Russian delegation traveled to New York and Rhode Island to meet with U.S. health officials and non-governmental organizations on social-medical support for substance abuse treatment and HIV prevention. In July 2010, a delegation of U.S. health experts will travel to Moscow to foster an exchange of best practices between US and Russian experts on cardiovascular diseases.

  • Maternal and Child Health: In October 2009, Russian and American health experts from the federal and regional levels exchanged views on neonatal care of premature newborns. In December 2009, the President-elect of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) traveled to Moscow and met with senior health officials and in May 2010, Russia sent 15 experts to participate in the ACOG Congress in California. In May 2010, U.S. and Russian health experts shared experience on the organization of quality maternal and child health care at the launch of the new MOHSD perinatal center in Tver Oblast. In June 2010, the head of the V.I. Kulakov Research Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology, Dr. Gennadiy Sukhikh visited Washington, D.C. to discuss fostering priority maternal health practices critical for reducing maternal and infant mortality in both countries. In June, U.S. and Russia counterparts agreed, through the U.S.-Russia Innovation Dialogue, to develop health information services initiatives in Russia.

Agenda for Future:

  • Enhance engagement as provided under the workplan in the areas of healthy lifestyles promotion, maternal and child health protection, and scientific collaboration.

  • Develop communication channels and joint activities with U.S. and Russian civil society representatives particularly in the areas of healthy lifestyles promotion and maternal and child health protection.

  • Explore new opportunities for collaboration in other areas identified in the July 2009 Memorandum of Understanding, including sharing experiences on global health and medical response to natural and man-made disasters.

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