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Memorandum of Cooperation to be signed between Ministry of Women & Child Development and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, approved Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) between Ministry of Women & Child Development (MWCD) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

  • In accordance with the cooperation in Information and Communication Technology enabled Real Time Monitoring (ICT-RTM) of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS). It also deals with other technical matter.

Future goals of MoC :

  • Implementation of ICT-RTM of ICDS which will enable the authorities for timely intervention for ensuring proper service delivery.Ministry of Women & Child Development and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

It is deals with

  • shared national communication campaign
  • communications strategy and guidelines
  • customizing communications
  • developing plans for large scale dissemination

To provide technical support through high quality technical teams of nutrition experts.

  • The phase-I of ISSNIP encourages ICT-RTM through one Lakh Anganwadi Centers (AWCs) in 162 high burden districts of eight participating States.
  • The MoC will cover 162 high malnutrition burden districts of eight States are as follows:
  • Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtrta, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Advantages to the beneficiaries:

  • Children of 0-6 years age,
  • pregnant women
  • Lactating Mothers

Foundational Features:

  1. Technical support throughout the country to deliver nutrition especially during pre-conception, pregnancy and first two years.
  2. Funding to applicable organisation that meet eligibility criteria as will be mutually agreed upon by the Foundation and MWCD from time to time to provide support.
  3. Providing technical assistance for designing, development of Common Application Software (CAS) to (ICT-RTM) of ICDS Systems Strengthening
  4. Nutrition Improvement Project (ISSNIP) and Support System.
  5. Support to MWCD in developing a shared national communication campaign for maternal and child nutrition .

About Ministry of Women and Child Development:
♦ MWCD, a branch of the Government of India, is the apex body for formulation and administration of the rules.
♦ Regulations and laws relating to women and child development in India.
♦ Headquarters: Shastri Bhawan, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi
♦ The MWCD trainers will in turn be responsible for training the Angan Wadi Workers (AWWs) and local Supervisors in using and adopting the ICT solution.
♦ Cabinet minister: Maneka Gandhi