Who we are

A health initiative between Government of India and Government of Norway, the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) Phase 3 builds on experiences from NIPI 1 & 2 and focuses on areas of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

Aligned with the development goals of Government of India as outlined in its National Health Policy (NHP) 2017 for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, NIPI-3 is providing catalytic, strategic, technical support to NHM for scaling up of demonstrated best practices in aspirational districts, Strengthening Innovation Development Capacities in the public health system; and Documentation and Dissemination of NHM and NIPI interventions in five NIPI supported States and UT.

The cooperation will continue to innovate, improve and scale up quality continuum of care interventions at community and facility levels, and contribute effectively towards actualizing the Indian Government’s National Health Policy (NHPs) Goals.

Our Journey

The Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) was established in 2006, based on an agreement between the Governments of Norway and India to make sustainable efforts to reduce Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality in India. NIPI’s aim is to provide strategic, catalytic and innovative support to India’s National Health Mission (NHM) by testing scalable interventions in four high focus states of Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and UT of Jammu and Kashmir.

The first two phases of NIPI (2006-17) were highly successful and both the Governments of India and Norway agreed on the effective and positive outcomes of NIPI and the need to continue this partnership further. This led to signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Phase 3 between the Governments.

Phase 3 builds on the experience of Phase 1 & Phase 2. It will be scaled up to the aspirational districts and also establish an innovation hub. The best practices in maternal and newborn child health carried out under the National Health Mission and NIPI will be shared for global dissemination and learning.


Our Objectives

NIPI Implementation Strategy

Objective 1

Taking NIPI to
scale in India

Scale up of already demonstrated NIPI best practices

Strategic & technical support to leverage scaling up of following interventions in the aspirational districts of five states for:

  • Home based care of Young Children (HBYC)
  • Family Participatory Care (FPC)- Care of small and sick newborn
  • LaQshya assessments to strengthen Labour Room Practices
  • Emergency triage assessment and treatment (ETAT) in 5 states
  • Strengthening ongoing harmonized capacity building initiative to build country wide support
Objective 2

Strengthen innovation development Capacity

Establishment of ‘innovation hub’ in public health systems

Support the state National Health Mission in establishing an ‘innovation hub’ occupying a space within the government system to:

  • Identify, test and scale successful MNCH solutions developed by local and global innovators
  • Develop mechanisms and tools to support the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare(MoHFW), Government of India (GoI) and state governments to design, assess, plan, budget and evaluate innovations for inclusion in annual program implementation plans (PIPs) of the NHM
  • Institutionalize innovation capacity at national and state levels for solving intractable problems
  • Support MoHFW and statesin the area of ‘Artificial Intelligence’ for strengthening public health system
Objective 3

Document &

Documentation of best practices in public health systems for global dissemination

Document & share good practices of the National Health Mission for global dissemination using the NIPI platform on:

  • Maternal and Newborn Child Health by MoHFW, GoI
  • Newer or scaled-up innovations via peer reviewed academic journals, conferences, blogs, and social media
  • Best practices which support creation of targeted publications for advocates and decision makers

NIPI Governance Mechanism

The partnership is governed by Annual Meeting chaired by Excellency Secretary Health, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and His Excellency Ambassador of Norway to India. The meeting sets priorities for, and discuss results from, the partnership, as well as approve reports and work plans prepared by the implementing partner.

Our Presence

The collaboration is aimed at facilitating rapid scale-up of quality Maternal, Newborn and Child Health services in four high focus states - Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and UT of Jammu & Kashmir.

NIPI is the lead development partner for Government of Jammu & Kashmir as a part of the National RMNCH+AN strategy of Government of India.

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Jammu & Kashmir Rajasthan Madhya Pradesh Bihar Odisha Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Our Team

The project team comprises of highly qualified project staff at the national level and at the state level. NIPI also engages consultants for providing technical support for various practice areas.

The technical team of NIPI 3 supports Advocacy, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Innovations, Knowledge Management, Monitoring & Evaluation and Research. The Phase 3 of NIPI is being hosted by Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) at New Delhi.