The Governments of Norway and India had agreed in 2006 to collaborate towards achieving MDG 4 to reduce child mortality based on commitments made by the two Prime Ministers. The Partnership was based on India’s new ambitious health initiative, the National Health Mission (NHM), and is aimed at facilitating rapid scale-up of quality child health services in four high focus states – Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Completion of Phase I and start of Phase II
MoU for Phase II (2013-17) signed between the Indian and the Norway Governments. In the picture (L-R): Secretary, Health Mr P.K Pradhan, Honorable Minister for Health Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad & H.E. Ambassador Mr Eivind S. Homme
The Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) completed the first phase of operations in 2012 in select districts of Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar and Rajasthan. The evaluation of the first five years (2006-12) found that NIPI has largely achieved its objectives of providing strategic, catalytic and innovative support to the NHM. NIPI has helped bring forward the new-born health agenda both at State and national level. There has been good experience with regard to the sustainability and scalability of several NIPI interventions, with some being adopted across the country with government funds.
With the successful completion of phase 1, Government of Norway and Government of India decided to extend the partnership to coincide with the second phase of National Rural Health Mission plan (NRHM) (2013-2017). An extension of the initiative to 2017 was formalized with the signing of a MoU in January 2013.
Agreements have been entered into by the Government of Norway through Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) with IPE Global Limited, Jhpiego and PHFI for carrying out child and related maternal health interventions under NIPI. Each of the implementing Partners has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India at the National level as well as with the Departments of Health & Family Welfare, at the State level. MoU has been entered at the State level with State Governments of Bihar, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. These four focus states have been selected based on the fact that they are the lowest performing States of India on indicators related to child and maternal health.
NIPI is the lead technical partner of Jammu and Kashmir for the National Reproductive Maternal New born and Child health, Adolescent strategy (RMNCH+A) strategy.
NIPI in Phase II continues to focus on maternal and new-born health, especially the continuum of care from home to facility, and capacity building of health personnel in the same states.