India, Norway to extend partnership in healthcare sector by 5 years

New Delhi, June 20, 2012:  After achieving success by the joint efforts in the area of delivering child and maternal health services, India and Norway have announced their decision of extending the partnership by five years in the healthcare sector.


Health Secretary P K Pradhan and Norway's Secretary General from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bente Angell-Hansen signed a letter of intent at a meeting in Oslo to initiate the Phase II of the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) aimed at reducing the child and maternal mortality.


For the record, the partnership was initiated by the Prime Ministers of India (Dr. Mahmohan Singh) and Norway (Jens Stoltenberg) in 2006.


India has achieved impressive progress in reducing maternal and child mortality ever since National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) was introduced in 2006, Angell-Hansen said in a statement. He also mentioned that the partnership would like to keep the momentum going and strengthen it further in times to come. 


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