Wary of Outside Influence, India Limits Foreign Involvement in Health System
Expressing concern about foreign influence on its policies,India is turning away from a decades-old practice of filling gaps within its health system with consultants hired by foreign aid agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
Under the new rules, consultants who have worked within India’s health system for foreign aid agencies for more than three years, a total of around 100 people, will be terminated, said Manoj Jhalani, joint secretary in the Ministry of Health. The roughly 100 who remain will need to be approved by a new screening committee.
Fifty employees of the National AIDS Control Organization were given notice this month, though supervisors said they hoped to retain them as government employees.
Experts warned that if vacancies went unfilled, major health initiatives, like those aimed at fighting the spread of AIDS and tuberculosis, could suffer serious setbacks.
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