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Indian Government Takes Over Gates-Funded Immunization Program
Philanthropy News Digest
February 9, 2017
In a move prompted in part by fears of foreign influence on public policy, India's health ministry has decided to take over funding responsibility for an immunization program backed by theBill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Reutersreports.
Funded by the Gates Foundation since its creation in 2012, theImmunization Technical Support Unit at thePublic Health Foundation of Indiaprovides technical and monitoring assistance to the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), which supports the government's extensive immunization program. Starting in March, however, ITSU will be funded by the government, which felt the need to manage the program on its own, senior health ministry official Soumya Swaminathan told Reuters. "There was a perception that an external agency is funding it, so there could be influence," said Swaminathan, who also noted that no instances of inappropriate influence have been found.