Support to Improving Administrative Efficiency for Delivering Newborn and Infant Healthcare Services (NIPI)

What is the Project About

What is the Project AboutPhoto: Ruhani Kaur/ UNDP India

The project launched in 2013 as part of Phase II of the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) aims to reduce neonatal and infant mortality by strengthening capacities and improving access and utilization of public health services. It also seeks to accelerate the efforts of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to improve the availability and access of people to quality health care, especially those residing in rural areas, women and children.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

What Have We Accomplished So Far
  • Improving quality of life of children with development difficulties
    The Government of India, with technical support from NIPI project, has launched the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram, a new initiative which aims at screening over 270 million children from 0 to 18 years of age for 4 Ds - defects at birth, diseases, deficiencies and development delays including disabilities. Children diagnosed with such diseases will receive free treatment including surgeries as part of NRHM

  • Expanding facility-based care for sick newborns in rural areas
    To accelerate implementation of Facility-Based Newborn Care, the project is helping establish Sick Newborn Care Units (SNUC) in rural areas. Designated as ‘SNUC treatment and training centres,’ these units provide specialized care to sick newborns and hands-on training to medical and nursing personnel

  • Increasing access to community-based infant care in rural areas through Home-Based Newborn Care Plus
    As part of NRHM, India has operationalized home-based newborn care through a series of home visits by social health activists, ASHAs. This is done to ensure that neonates have access to essential newborn care. The NIPI project has expanded this home-based newborn care platform to cover infancy after the neonatal period. For this, ASHAs are being strengthened through training and provision of drug kits to enable them to perform better

  • Expanding care to newborns after sickness through Sick Newborn Care Units Plus 

Funding Support by

Donor Name Amount Contributed
Government of Norway US$ 25,909,411

Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year

Year Amount
2015 US$ 3,409,014.28
2014 US$ 3,998,430
2013 US$ 1,488,971



Photo Essay

NipiPhoto: Ruhani Kaur/UNDP India

Caring for India’s Infants: Reducing Child Mortality
The photo-essay details how since 2013, UNDP’s partnership with the Government of Norway is strengthening infrastructure and capacities to deliver newborn and child care; increasing community access to health care services and improving the quality of life of children with development difficulties.

Press Releases

Building Capacity to Improve Healthcare Services for Children
11 September 2013, New Delhi - A training workshop to build capacities of state nodal officers in implementing the ambitious Rashtriya Bal Swathya Karyakaram (RBSK), a Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services Programme, was organized today by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

UNDP and Government of Norway Commit to Improving Maternal and Infant Healthcare Services

UNDP and Government of Norway Commit to Improving Maternal and Infant Healthcare Services
20 March 2013, New Delhi -
UNDP and the Government of Norway have signed an agreement to support the second phase of the Norway India Partnership Agreement Initiative, which aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality in India.

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