On the occasion, H.E. Ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg complimented the way that NIPI has supported the efforts of National Health Mission to improve maternal and child health situation in India in some of the supported states.
As he exchanged the signed agreement with Dr Bulbul Sood, Country Director of Jhpiego in India, the Ambassador said that ‘’ (…) it is encouraging to note the streamlined approach that NIPI III will take in the next three years. There is a steady buy in from the Government of India to scale up promising innovations and interventions across the nation. There is also tremendous potential for India and Norway to cooperate in sharing results and experiences from NIPI to other countries in the region, and in that way contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on maternal and child health".
The Embassy was given the mandate to identify a suitable implementing agency for NIPI III, through a Letter of Intent signed between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway in September 2017.
Accepting the award of contract on behalf of Jhpiego Corporation, Dr Bulbul Sood who is Country Director for the organisation in India, thanked the Government of Norway for the trust and said that she and her staff look forward to continue to work closely with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Jhpiego Corporation was an implementing partner also in the last phase of NIPI, and according to Dr Sood, "have hit the ground running".
NIPI III will work on the following three pillars:
- Objective 1: Taking NIPI to scale in India. Provide strategic and technical assistance to select state health ministries to scale up successful healthcare interventions of NIPI Phase II.
- Objective 2: Support to establish an innovation hub, or a think tank that will identify and test promising healthcare innovations in the field of maternal and child health.
- Objective 3: Taking NIPI to a global scale. Document best practices of NIPI II & III to be shared for global dissemination and learning.
For more information on Jhpiego, please read more here. You may also wish to visit the website of Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) to know more about the program.