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2012 India Press Releases

U.S. and India share best practices to help improve health care in Africa

New Delhi | February 22, 2012
Indian women's group members, organized through USAID's Health for Urban Poor program, talk with an Ethiopian delegation visiting India and remotely with beneficiaries of USAID's Urban Health Extension program in Addis Ababa via Skype video conferencing.

India and the United States are joining forces to demonstrate the success of India's urban health programs for a visiting delegation of government officials from Ethiopia. The 19-member delegation is participating in a 10-day visit to India to see first-hand how the Indian health sector is able to reach millions of children and adults in the country’s poorest urban communities. Both countries are at the forefront of efforts to respond to the effects of rapid urbanization. The Ethiopian delegation seeks to learn about how the public and private sectors partner in India to deliver health care; how to mobilize and involve communities in health care; and how India trains peer-educators and health professionals.

USAID Mission Director, William Hammink noted, “This visit is an excellent example of what is possible when India and the United States cooperate to share solutions to global challenges such as the health of the urban poor."

The Ethiopian delegation’s visit is part of an on-going program in which India and the U.S collaborate to highlight the best practices of India’s health programs to visitors from other nations. These visits focus on experience sharing around priority global health issues. 

During stops in Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi, the delegation will visit health programs supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of India, and other partners. USAID will facilitate meetings between the delegation and city municipal corporations, government officials, corporate partners, and public and private sector hospitals.

Mr. Dereje Mamo, the Director of the Planning and Policy Directorate of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, said, "Urban health issues, especially in poor communities, are an enormous challenge in our country.  We are greatly looking forward to learning from the Indian experience."

USAID is the independent U.S. agency that provides economic, development, and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of U.S. foreign policy goals.