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Agreement signed between WHO and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs towards the Norway India Partnership Initiative

H.E.Mr Jon Westborg, Ambassador and Plenipotentiary, Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi and

Dr Jay Wenger, Project Director, National Polio Surveillance Project


An Exchange of Letters of Agreement between the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and WHO was signed on 13 December 2006 at New Delhi towards the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI).   Dr Jay Wenger, Project Director, National Polio Surveillance Project, signed the agreement on behalf of Dr. S. J. Habayeb, WHO Representative to India, in the presence of teams from WHO, UNICEF, Government of India, the Norwegian Ambassador and other officials from the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

NIPI 2006 – 2011 was launched earlier this year by the Government of India and the Royal Norwegian Government to accelerate attainment of MDG 4 goals to reduce the infant mortality rate especially in poor performing states in the country.  The aim of the partnership is to facilitate rapid scale-up of quality child related health programmes through the Government of India’s National Rural Health Mission.  This initiative will also endeavour to use the experience from India as a model for best practices, which could be applied elsewhere in the world. 

WHO activities under the NIPI initiative have been planned to provide technical assistance and support to accelerate critical interventions for decreasing infant mortality by 

*     increasing coverage to childhood immunizations

*     strengthening measles control activities and surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases

*     introduction of  pre-service IMNCI training in medical and nursing schools

*     acceleraing maternal health interventions towards child survival  

These activities have been designed to be catalytic to the planned interventions under the National Rural Health Mission  and link with, and build upon, WHO’s ongoing collaborative programmes with MOHFW. The activities were developed thorugh a consultative process. Wherever possible, public private partnerships would be encouraged for implementation of the project.  

Strengthening Measles Control activities and surveillance for Vaccine Preventable Diseases have been emphasized in the Initiative. The existing NPSP structure will be used for implementation of surveillance components.  




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