US envoy Roemer visits education, health programs in Delhi’s Sanjay Gandhi settlement

April 26th, 2011 - 5:24 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Apr. 26 (ANI): U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer today interacted with students at a school and met with residents in the Sanjay Gandhi Settlement to see the U.S.-government funded programs are making a difference in the lives of residents there.

At the school, Ambassador Roemer observed students participating in an innovative program that uses interactive radio to help students in Grades 1 and 2 improve their English language skills. He also met with a women’s health group that is improving the health of women and children in the community, and viewed an advanced cookstoves demonstration that will reduce the negative health effects of indoor pollution. “A key component of the U.S. - India strategic partnership is improving social infrastructure at all levels of society, including at the local level,” said Ambassador Roemer.

“Our local partnership at the Sanjay Gandhi settlement has resulted in better education for kids, expanded health care for residents, and the introduction of newtechnologies such as cookstoves to the people. The people of the Sanjay Gandhi Settlement are seeing improvements in health and education as a result of the incredible partnership between our two great countries,” he added.

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Technology Tools for Teaching and Training program is improving the learning process and providing valuable support to teachers in the classroom in over 300,000 schools across eight Indian states, reaching more than 42 million children.

Complementing the work of government programs already in operation in the settlement, USAID’s “Health of the Urban Poor” program is working to improve health, water, and sanitation services for poor urban communities across India.

To reduce the effects of indoor air pollution on maternal and child health, USAID is currently working with U.S. based company Envirofit on a pilot program to develop and test innovative strategies that will create a demand for improved cook stoves among the poor in both rural and urban sites. (ANI)

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