CCEA approves Rs 65 crore for Public Health Foundation of India
New Delhi, July 6 (UNI) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today gave approval for one-time contribution of Rs 65 crore to the initial Rs 200 crore corpus of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).
Briefing newspersons of outcome of the CCEA meeting here, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said that PHFI aims at improving the public health human resource capacity and advocacy.
This would be done by supporting education in public health, setting standards in public health education and strengthening research and policy in the area.
Mr Dasmunsi said education in public health is sought to be strengthened by building new world class institutions in the country, strengthening the existing institutions both within the Government and outside and creating a critical mass of high quality faculty in the field.
The proposal also entails improving quality of public health education by clearly defining the academic standards in this area.
Research and Policy in public health is to be improved by conducting high impact and India relevant research; using the research to empower national programme and enable appropriate policy formulation and working with the governments, both Central and State as also the private sector to create meaningful career tracks for public health professions.
Mr Dashmunsi said the rest of the fund is being generated from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Rs 65 crore) and about Rs 80 to 90 crore from an assortment of high networth Indians from all over the world.
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