This progress is truly remarkable, and is promising for meeting the Sustainable Development Goal’s target of less than 70 maternal deaths per 100 000. The success is a result of systematic work combined with innovation and rethinking traditional ways of working with maternal health in India.
How appropriate then, that on the very same day, the Governments of India and Norway met to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to extend their cooperation on maternal and child health to 2020. “Let us continue to work even harder, so that one day we can say that we left no on behind”, said Ambassador Kamsvåg while complementing the Health Ministry on the excellent results.
Since 2006, Norway has been working with the National Health Mission through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI). The partnership focuses on reducing maternal and child deaths in India. Working together at national and community levels, the healthcare cooperation has resulted in interventions starting out in one village, and expanding to successful developments all over India.
By promoting basic concepts of nutrition, sanitation, family planning, immunization schedules and involving the people of the villages – especially women as spokespersons for development initiatives – the partnership has resulted in healthcare interventions that can be simulated across varying geographies and demographies of the world.
With the new Memorandum of Understanding, the Norwegian and Indian governments is committed to work together in ensuring healthy mothers, safe births and fit children.
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