Gates Foundation Funding For Indian Immunization Program Ending; Health Ministry To Fund Group Moving Forward, Official Says

Reuters: India scraps funding ties with Gates Foundation on immunization
“A group backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that works on India’s immunization program will now be funded by the health ministry, a government official said, a move in part prompted by fears foreign donors could influence policy making. … The Gates Foundation has for years funded the Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU), which provides strategy and monitoring advice for New Delhi’s massive immunization program that covers about 27 million infants each year. … A spokeswoman for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) said its grant for the ITSU ends this month…” (Kalra, 2/8).