New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) The US Thursday launched a Rs.580 million initiative to improve maternal and child health in India, with a focus on Uttar Pradseh and Jharkhand. The Maternal and Child Health Sustainable Technical Assistance and Research Initiative (MCH STAR) will work to accelerate the resource mobilization of India’s major programmes like the Notational Rural Health Mission and Integrated Child Development Services.
“Our aim is to bring real improvements in the lives of women and children. Led by USAID, our Indian partner organisations will help the initiative to achieve success,” USAID mission director George Deikun said.
“We are investing Rs.581 million and our Indian partners will also mobilise some funds. The funds will be utilised over a period of five years across India with a focus on Uttar Pradseh and Jharkhand,” Deikun told IANS.