Our New Delhi office oversees the foundation’s work in India, which includes partnerships with India’s central and state governments, nonprofit organizations, community groups, academic institutions, and the private sector. We began our work in India a decade ago with an initiative to curtail the spread of HIV. Since then, the scope of our work in India has expanded tremendously to include maternal and child health, health and nutrition services, vaccines and routine immunization, family planning, agricultural development, sanitation, and the control of infectious diseases. Every foundation program that works internationally has ongoing engagements in India.
In a time of historic economic growth for India, the government has invested in health and development with the goal of helping millions of Indians to lift themselves out of poverty and ensuring a prosperous future for the country. Because our mission and India’s strategy for the future are closely aligned, we have formed fruitful partnerships devoted to our shared goals.
Given our focus on improving conditions for the poorest populations, we are making significant investments in two states, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. With a combined population of more than 300 million and a high burden of disease, these states have disproportionate needs that their governments are working with partners to address. Read more about our state-level initiatives.
Many of our other investments are issue specific. For example, we have made major investments in support of the national polio eradication program—a program that has resulted in India recently being declared polio-free. We support efforts to help farmers increase the productivity of their staple crops and livestock. And we work with community-based partners to expand access to digital financial services in poor communities, which have seen increasing penetration of mobile devices.
Our work in India is driven by the belief that at this moment in the country’s history, scientific innovation and awareness of health and development issues at all levels are making it possible to solve big problems. In collaboration with a wide range of development partners, we can help deliver results that none of us could achieve acting alone.
Location and Contact
Olof Palme Marg
Director, India Country Office