MOSCOW, July 6 (UPI) -- Among the agreements signed by U.S. and Russian leaders in Moscow Monday was a document on cooperation in public health and medical sciences.
The memorandum of understanding sets up a framework for cooperation between government and scientific research institutions in several areas, the Obama administration said in a fact sheet.
The cooperative arrangement includes work in:
-- Infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and pandemic preparedness and response.
-- Chronic and non-communicable diseases, including diagnosis, surveillance, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.
-- Promoting healthy lifestyles, including tobacco and alcohol consumption reduction, drug abuse prevention, and trying to lower deaths from highway accidents.
-- Maternal and child health protection; including promoting best practices in maternal and child health.
-- Improving global health, including facilitating international cooperation on the surveillance and monitoring of infectious diseases, and fortifying health systems in developing countries.