Gates foundation to invest in UP’s health, agri sectors
Lucknow, May 30, 2012, DHNS:
Co-chairman of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates assured Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday that the Foundation will work in partnership with the state to develop the latter’s health and agriculture sectors.
Official sources said the issue of health occupied centre stage of the discussions. The problem of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and TB, which have afflicted large parts of the state, were discussed.
Akhilesh ropes in Gates Foundation for healthcare
The Akhilesh Yadav government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have agreed to work in tandem on maternal, neonatal and child health care, as well as in agriculture-related programmes in Uttar Pradesh. The Foundation will provide technical management and programme design support.
According to an official spokesman, Mr. Yadav apprised Mr. Gates of the poor health indicators, particularly the maternal mortality rate, the infant mortality rate, low level of immunisation and malnutrition among children. He also mentioned about the incidence of vector-borne tuberculosis, Japanese encephalitis and the Acquired Encephalitis Syndrome in some regions.
Mr. Gates assured the Chief Minister of full support in developing innovative solutions. Catalytic, technical, managerial and advocacy support would be provided. He indicated the Foundation's keenness to develop partnership in the priority areas of maternal and neonatal health, nutrition, routine immunisation, introduction of new life-saving vaccines, consolidating the gains of polio immunisation and family planning through access to modern contraceptive methods.