The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on June 7, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to extend the cooperation within health sector. The cooperation will be extended through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting from 2018 to 2020.
1. This cooperation between India and Norway is aligned with the development goals of Indian Government as outlined in its National Health Policy 2017 for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
2. It will enable cooperation in the areas related to maternal, new-born, child health and shall build on experiences from NIPI phase I and II.
3. It will focus on global health issues of common interest.
4. It will continue to focus on innovative, catalytic and strategic support, and stride in boosting the Indian Government’s ‘Intensification Plan for Accelerated Maternal and Child Survival’ in India.
NIPI has also supported National Health Mission by providing credible technical support in the five Indian states and at national level. This has resulted in development and release of multiple policies and guidelines for the NHM. The best practices in maternal and newborn child health carried out under the National Health Mission and NIPI will be shared for global dissemination and learning. The NIPI initiative through its work in the last ten years during 2007-2017 has resulted in newer initiatives.
The Governments of Norway and India had agreed in 2006 to collaborate to reduce child mortality based on commitments made by the then two Prime Ministers. It aimed at facilitating rapid scale-up of quality child and maternal health services in four high focus states – Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and also as a RMNCHA+ partner in Jammu & Kashmir. The main activities in Phase I (2006-2012) were home-based new born care (HBNC) ‘Yashoda’ through State health system, establishing Sick Newborn Care Units (SNCU), techno managerial suppor and providing strategic support for immunization and Public Private Partnership (PPP).