Govt committed to meet Millennium Development Goals
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Last Updated: Friday, July 24, 2009, 23:05
New Delhi: The Government today said it was committed to meet the Millennium Development Goals as well as tackling diseases like HIV, AIDS and TB.

At a meeting with software czar Bill Gates, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government was also committed towards the universal immunisation programme and informed him about the road map for introduction of new vaccines to cover more vaccine preventable diseases.

Gates is now heading the 'Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation' which works in the fields of HIV and AIDS in India.

Azad appreciated the work being done by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its continued support to the National Aids Control Programme and the National Polio Programme, senior Health Ministry officials said.

Gates on his part congratulated the Indian Government for its leadership on HIV AIDS prevention which can be a model for the rest of the world.

The Gates Foundation today increased its grants to Avahan an initiative to reduce the spread of HIV in India –- by USD 80 million to USD 338 million.

Launched in 2003 by the Foundation, Avahan provides funding and support to targetted HIV prevention programmes in six states and along the national trucking routes. Prior to today's announcement, the foundation had committed a total of USD 258 million to Avahan.

During this transition, Avahan will provide financial and technical support to ensure that prevention programmes can be sustained over time. Avahan has already awarded more than USD 100 million in grants for this transition.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, July 24, 2009, 23:05

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