Bihar govt to sign Mou with Gates Foundation soon

A MoU will soon be signed between the Bihar govt and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for executing a slew of health projects in selected districts of the state.

Updated: Jan 30, 2010, 14:19 PM IST

Patna: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) will soon be signed between the Bihar government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for executing a slew of health projects in selected districts of the state, according to state Health department`s principal secretary CK Mishra.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had in principle agreed to commit about Rs 500-crore for the health projects, Mishra said here today.

The agreement was reached at on Wednesday between the state officials and a visiting Gates Foundation team, he said.

The 11-member foundation team, headed by Ashok Alexander, consented during the meeting to offer "co-operation and
finding" for the projects.

One of the major areas of the foundation`s focus would
be projects on reproductive health and nutrition, but it is
also interested in funding efforts to combat and control
tuberculosis, kala-azar, pneumonia and polio.

PTI