US extends 2 child projects in India

Mar 07, 2013, 07:04 IST | Agencies

The United States has announced extension of two of its flagship projects on child survival in India by pledging financial support, an official said on Wednesday

Integrated maternal and child health project (MCHIP) and health of urban poor project (HUP) have been pledged support, said visiting US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah.

The MCHIP, with a total funding of $16.4 million, will support the Indian government in establishing quick response teams which in turn will help states on the cusp of accelerating their efforts for child survival. The HUP programme will continue to support the Indian government in implementing its various urban health initiatives, Shah told reporters in the city.

“I applaud the Government of India’s commitment to saving children’s lives by establishing an integrated approach to address reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health,” Shah said. The USAID has also announced a new effort to support diarrhoea management, one of the leading causes of child deaths in India.

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