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NHM frowns upon Bill &Melinda Gates foundation paying Secretariat Salaries


NHM frowns upon  Bill &Melinda Gates foundation paying Secretariat Salaries

Objections have been raised by the steering group of the National Health Mission (NHM) Tuesday, for Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) paying salaries of the  secretariat of the national advisory group on vaccines. The group is the most powerful decision-making body on vaccines  to be included in the  government’s immunisation programme.

Describing the shift of office of  the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) from Vigyan Bhawan as’ improper,’  members of the steering group on Immunisation (NTAGI) expressed doubts about the impact the secretariat staff not being paid by the government would have on  India’s vaccine policy. Calling it ‘unacceptable’ a steering group member  said the NTAGI being moved into the Public Health Foundation of India office and 32 of its members drawing their salaries from BMFG  was bound to raise conflicting of interest.

 The BMGF is one of the partners of international vaccine alliance, GAVI  that has given material and financial grants for India’s vaccine programme and also lists the pharmaceutical industry among its partners.

According to the Indian Express  NTAGI member Dr Jacob Puliyel had recently raised some of these issues in a newspaper article which was followed by  members being asked to sign a confidentiality clause. The government told the steering group that it was drafting a code of ethics , which would be run through experts, before notifying it.

Confirming that the matter had been raised, a senior health ministry official said, “We will give them whatever documents they have asked for; everything concerning the matter (of NTAGI and BMGF) will be made public. We are moving swiftly on the code of conduct to ensure full disclosures of any conflict of interest.”

 



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  1. It is a case of conflict of interest. Shame on our part.