News Outlets Examine Impacts Of Changes To India’s Maternal Health Program, Ban On Foreign Funds For Public Health Foundation

The Guardian: ‘Risking lives of mothers and children’: India condemned for cuts to benefits
“Campaigners have warned that the lives of mothers and children are at risk after an Indian government scheme that pays women to receive maternal health care throughout their pregnancy was amended to apply only to first-borns…” (Safi, 5/30).

Reuters: Ban on foreign funds for non-profit may hurt India health programs
“India’s ban on foreign funding for the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), a non-profit group backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, may damage some government health programs, according to the group and a health ministry official. … Affected programs included those on eliminating black fever, HIV prevention, tobacco control, and universal health coverage, PHFI wrote in [a letter dated May 3], which was reviewed by Reuters…” (Kalra, 5/30).