Bicentennial Partnerships: Health and Science
Bicentennial Partnerships reflect American and Russian cooperation in a range of areas as part of the U.S. Embassy Moscow's commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of U.S. - Russia Diplomatic Relations.
Cooperation In Health
The United States and Russia have had a long history of health cooperation. Russian and American government and private partners are working together on many levels, helping to build a foundation for thorough reform of the health care system as well as making significant strides in health care research.
For the past decade and a half, the United States and the Russia Federation have worked together on Russia peer-to-peer health partnership programs in areas such as as hospital care and administration, primary health care, reproductive health, womenís health, neonatal resuscitation, emergency medical services, and child welfare. From 1993 to 2006 more than 3,500 U.S. and Russian experts -- doctors, nurses, policy-makers, health administrators, lab technicians, NGO representatives, educators, and social workers -- participated in exchange visits. In all, there were 32 health partnerships between US and Russian health institutions in 24 regions of Russia and 24 US states.
HIV/AIDs Initiatives The United States and the Russian Federation have intensified efforts to combat the HIV/AIDS threat. Leaders of both nations have agreed to emphasize joint research, program implementation, and public-private cooperation. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programs have contributed to increasing HIV/AIDS prevention activities focusing on high-risk groups, especially among youth. Other Russian-American efforts underway, by the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation and others, include expanding joint HIV/AIDS biomedical research and disease surveillance to harness the considerable scientific resources of both the U.S. and Russia, and to prevent the spread of the closely linked multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) epidemic, as well as contain Avian Influenza.
Presidential Initiatives: At the Bratislava Summit, President Bush and President Putin agreed to cooperate internationally on a number of fronts in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Last year, for instance, U.S. and Russian laboratory specialists worked side by side in Ethiopia and in Namibia to train local specialists on HIV testing and diagnostics. In addition, the two countries conduct joint research on cancer through the American Russian Cancer Alliance, a unique partnership of leading U.S. and Russian cancer research institutes.
The Environment, Science and Technology Section of the U.S. Embassy Moscow coordinates bilateral US-Russian relations in health and science areas, including science policy, public health, and biotechnology.
Partnership Spotlight: Upcoming Events
Bioethics Workshop, March 5-7, Moscow. The U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation will sponsor a workshop on bioethics, with a particular focus on ethical considerations of clinical trials for HIV medications. About 80 Russian scientists, health professionals, and NGO representatives will take part in the training, which is funded by President Bushís Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through support from the U.S. Freedom Support Act. Planning is still underway, details to follow.
Opening of Pediatric AIDS Center Information Clearing House, scheduled for March in St. Petersburg The Federal Pediatric AIDS Center will officially open the information clearing house established with technical and financial support from USAID and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The internationally-recognized standards and material produced by the Pediatric Center will now be available to all medical institutions nationwide.
Launch of the Saint-Petersburg Annual Forum on Global Health, May 21-22, St. Petersburg. The Forum will be directed by Saint-Petersburg State University (SPSU) School of Public Health, in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Relations (CSIS), and with the active engagement of the Duke University Global Health Institute, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. The Forumís core aim is to create an international platform, centered at Saint-Petersburg State University that advances dialogue on both emerging national and international health challenges with a focus on strengthening Russian-U.S. partnerships on global health. The Forum will enlist a range of Russian, American, and European participants including government officials, researchers, educators and representatives of international organizations. †Conference topics will include: Emerging critical challenges for global health; Public Health Education to Meet Critical Health Challenges; and Leadership on Global Health. The Forumís proceedings will be published in Russian and English following the inaugural session in May. Planning is still underway, details to follow.
HIV/AIDS Training, scheduled for May in St. Petersburg. Yale University Medical School and the St. Petersburg Ministry of Health will conduct an HIV/AIDS training for Russian medical colleagues engaged in HIV/AIDS care and treatment in St. Petersburg. A reception to honor a decade of US-Russian partnerships will be featured.
All-Russian National Forum: Health or Tobacco, May 28-29, Moscow. The U.S. National Cancer Institute and the American Russian Cancer Alliance will co-sponsor the event with the State Duma Health Committee and the Blokhin Russian Cancer Center. Planning is still underway, details to follow.
HIV Vaccine Research Workshop, May, St. Petersburg. Working with Russian counterparts, the U.S. National Institutes of Health Office of AIDS Research will sponsor a one-day workshop for about 30 U.S. and Russian HIV vaccine researchers to discuss on-going vaccine research in Russia and the United States and ways of building partnerships. Limited attendance by invitation only. Planning is still underway, details to follow.
Partnership Series: Health Partnerships, Fall 2007. A roundtable on U.S.-Russian Health Partnerships will celebrate the long term collaborative medical programs undertaken in St. Petersburg, Orenburg, Saratov and Togliatti and their US counterparts. Planning is still underway, details to follow.