MoC Between Govt. of India, Bill & Milinda Gates Foundation Gets Cabinet Approval

New Delhi, January 8-The Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between Department of Health & Family Welfare (DOHFW), Government of India and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) on cooperation in the field of Health, which was signed in November, 2019 during the visit of Mr. Bill Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee of BMGF to Delhi, has received ex-post-facto approval by the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) covers the following areas of cooperation:-

  • To reduce maternal, neonatal and child morbidity and mortality, improve key nutrition outcomes, by improving the reach, coverage and quality of essential primary health, immunization and nutrition services.
  • To increase the basket of choice and quality for family planning methods, specially for reversible methods, and increase access amongst younger women.
  • To reduce the burden of select infectious diseases [TB, Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL), Lymphatic Filariasis(LF)].
  • To strengthen health systems, including aspects such as budget utilization, management and skills of human resources for health, digital health, strengthening supply chains and monitoring systems.

A Program Action Committee (PAC) will be set up to further elaborate the details of cooperation and to oversee the implementation of this Memorandum of Cooperation.

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