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India, Norway sign Letter of Intent to extend health cooperation

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The Government of India has signed a Letter of Intent with Norway to extend the cooperation within health sector.

“Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India signed a Letter of Intent with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Norway to extend the cooperation within health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting from 2018,” said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in an official statement.

The cooperation between the two countries will continue to be aligned with the development goals of the Indian Government as outlined in its National Health Policy 2017 for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The cooperation shall focus on global health issues of common interest,” the Ministry added.

The Ministry further said that the partnership shall also include areas related to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, adolescent health and health system strengthening. The cooperation will focus on innovative, catalytic and strategic support, taking the Indian Government’s Intensification Plan for Accelerated Maternal and Child Survival in India as the starting point.

The two countries had agreed in 2006 to collaborate towards achieving MDG 4 to reduce child mortality. The partnership was based on India’s health initiative, the National Health Mission (NHM), and aimed at facilitating rapid scale-up of quality child and maternal health services in four high focus states – Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

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