Dr Renu Swarup, senior adviser, DBT & MD, BIRAC.
Representatives from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) came together for a workshop titled ‘Multi Sectorial Interventions in the context of Maternal and Child Health: All Children Thriving'.
Launched in 2013, Grand Challenges India (GCI) is a collaborative effort by DBT, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India; BIRAC - a Government of India enterprise; and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Following the launch of two successful initiatives in 2013: ‘Achieving Healthy Growth through Agriculture and Nutrition' and ‘Reinvent the Toilet Challenge', Grand Challenges India has now launched a third, ‘All Children Thriving'.
Undertaken in partnership with the USAID, the program aims to ensure that all children not only survive but are also are on a trajectory to live healthy and productive lives.
"We are excited to build on our partnership with the Department of Biotechnology and continue to harness the power of Indian innovation in service of the country's most vulnerable communities. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we believe that all lives have equal value and we hope that this Grand Challenge will help ensure that all India's children, no matter where they are born, have the opportunity to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential," said Dr Steven Buchsbaum, deputy director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation