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Transitioning To Country Ownership Of Health, Development Programs

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog interviews Sema Sgaier, the lead author of an article published in Health Affairs this week examining “how India has worked in partnership with the Gates Foundation to take over the funding and management of Avahan, an innovative HIV prevention initiative created in 2003 with foundation support.” According to the interview transcript, Sgaier discusses “what it takes to ensure a successful transition to country ownership,” why transitioning to country ownership of health and development programs is important, the role of partnerships in making these transitions, and “the biggest challenges that the Avahan transition faced” in India, among other topics (7/9).

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