The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Pakistan and will commit approximately $200 million in support of the Ehsaas initiative, a comprehensive effort aimed at combating poverty and improving health, nutrition, and financial inclusion in that country.
Announced earlier this year by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the initiative will provide funding, technical assistance, and development expertise in support of a hundred and thirty-four poverty-focused policy actions and programs, with the goal of accelerating the country’s progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The new collaboration between Pakistan and the Gates Foundation represents a continuation of the foundation’s work in the country over the last decade. Programs supported by the foundation over that period have addressed a range of shared development priorities, including polio eradication, which remains its top priority in Pakistan.
"[Ehsaas is] the biggest anti-poverty project ever launched in the country and it has been planned with a great deal of attention to detail," said Khan. "I'm pleased that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will assist with a range of activities, including accelerating stunting reduction programs, supporting financial inclusion initiatives, and investing in public health systems to improve health and reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality."
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