The City of Joy, Kolkata, India, was humming with delegates from India and overseas particularly from USA, U.K., Australia, Russia, Africa and Middle East who came here to participate in a two day International Conference of Global Association of Physicians of Indian origin (GAPIO) that began on 11th January to discuss solutions in healthcare for improving health worldwide.

Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group and Founder President of GAPIO, who has played a significant role as architect of modern healthcare in India, chose the theme “The Non Communicable Diseases Epidemic – Meeting the Challenges” for this conference.

Shri Amit Mitra, Hon’ble Minister of Finance, Commerce & Industries, Government of West Bengal was the Chief Guest at this Conference. Renowned National and International faculty spoke at seven clinical sessions comprising of Cardiac Sciences, Neurosciences, Diabetes, Gastroenterology and Liver Transplantation, Robotics, Nephrology/Kidney Transplantation and Oncology during the conference. The session -“GAPIO making an impact” was the highlight.

GAPIO is a non-profit organization and its vision is “Improving Health Worldwide”. GAPIO has embarked upon India’s First Truly Integrated Comprehensive Health Scheme called “Total Health” which was launched on 27 October 2013, at Aragonda village of Thavanampalle Mandal of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh.

During the conference Dr. Sanku Rao from USA took over as President of GAPIO, Dr. Ramesh Mehta from UK as Vice President, Dr. Anupam Sibal as Secretary General, Dr. Nandakumar Jairam as Joint Secretary and Dr. Sudhir Parikh from USA as Treasurer in the presence of a distinguished gathering, industry stalwarts and more than 300 delegates. Dr. Sandip Mukerjee and Dr. Sudhir Parikh were honoured with GAPIO Lifetime Achievement Award. GAPIO Service Excellence Award was given to 14 GAPIO members. Some landmark and pragmatic decisions were taken in the Executive Committee meeting of GAPIO to carry forward the agenda of GAPIO.

GAPIO assisted in developing a web portal known as SwaasthIndia.com in collaboration with American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI),USA and British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), UK to provide essential healthcare services at various locations in India with the help of doctors from India and overseas. This site will act as a matchmaking portal where Indian Medical Diaspora can view and apply for these opportunities put up on this portal by various State Governments.


GLOBAL ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICIANS OF INDIAN ORIGIN (GAPIO) was envisaged by Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group; Dr. Sanku Rao, Past President, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) and Dr. Ramesh Mehta, President, British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO). GAPIO was launched at New Delhi India in January 2011 to bring together 1.2 million physicians of Indian origin in the world on one professional platform. This substantial work force of physicians is a valuable resource, which can help to mobilize significant developments in the healthcare globally. GAPIO has representation from 26 countries at present.