India and Norway extended bilateral cooperation within the health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting 2018. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare signed the Letter of Intent with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of the Government of Norway here to this effect.
Health Secretary C K Mishra and Ambassador of Norway to India Nils Ragnar Kamsvag signed the letter that would allow cooperation between India and Norway to 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 partnership shall also include areas related to reproductive, maternal, new-born, child, adolescent (RMNCH+A) health and health system strengthening, and shall build on experiences from NIPI phase I and II. The governments of Norway and India had agreed in 2006 to collaborate towards achieving MDG (Millennium Development Goal) 4 to reduce child mortality based on commitments made by the two prime ministers.