Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair and Microsoft President Bill Gates on Friday welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan for his leadership in developing a new anti-poverty strategy under the program ” Ehsaas”.
Pakistan and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in support of the Ehsaas initiative to alleviate poverty in Pakistan for which the charity organization will provide 200 million dollars.
In a tweet, Gates said, “Ending poverty and achieving the SDGs requires a whole-of-government approach. Imran Khan and Sania Nishtar have shown leadership in developing a new anti-poverty strategy.”
Prime Minister Imran, Dr. Nishtar and senior officials of the Gates Foundation participated in a bilateral meeting on the of future Ehsaas program, a collaboration to fund, provide technical assistance and help international experts improve health, nutrition and financial inclusion in Pakistan.
The ‘Ehsaas Programme’ aims to provide effective safety nets through 134 new poverty-focused policy actions and programs.
PM Imran during the meeting said this was “the biggest anti-poverty project ever launched in the country and it has been planned with a great deal of attention to detail. I’m pleased that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will assist with a range of activities including accelerating stunting reduction programs, supporting financial inclusion initiatives and investing in public health systems to improve health and reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality.”
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