Sonia launches Healthy and Educated Villages Programme

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New Delhi, Apr 29 (UNI) UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today launched the Healthy and Educated Villages programme of the Confederation of Indian Industry.

She also launched a dedicated programme webstie and brochure on the occasion.

CII Healthy Villages Programme represents the aggregated efforts of various corporates towards their corporate social responsibility.

While commending CII's initiative in transforming the rural healthcare in the country through this singularly momentous programme, Ms Gandhi said expanding and improving rural health infrastructure in the country would have positive and far-reaching consequences and lead to nation's inclusive growth.

She commended the multi-faceted approach of the CII Healthy and Educated Villages Programme, which integrates primary education with all the components vital for the health of every community.

While stating that the National Rural Health Mission launched by the UPA government has begun to make a difference, Ms Gandhi acknowledged that there was a terrible lacuna in healthcare delivery, especially in the Northern parts of the country and that the National Rural Health Mission and Public Private Partnerships could collectively meet the daunting challenges ahead and ensure "better health for all".

Ms Gandhi said more corporate citizens should be involved in this initiative.

She also suggested incorporating health insurance to serve the larger public cause.

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