Prime Minister Imran Khan recently met Bill Gates and his top team of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York, to discuss future of Ehsas Program – an anti-poverty initiative government by Pakistan.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation committed $200 million grant for the initiative as Bill commended Imran Khan for his vision against poverty.
Pakistan and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Unveil Collaboration on Ehsaas Program to Alleviate Poverty pic.twitter.com/xQfq7tnheI
— PTV News (@PTVNewsOfficial) September 26, 2019
Taking it to Twitter, the founder of Microsoft stated, “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.”
Ending poverty and achieving the SDGs requires a whole-of-government approach. @ImranKhanPTI and @SaniaNishtar have shown leadership in developing a new anti-poverty strategy. #Ehsaas https://t.co/tbRNz4Gbf6
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) September 26, 2019
In addition to the discussion on poverty program, the bilateral discussion also focused on the eradication of polio in the country and curbing immunization problems and maternal, neonatal and child health.
Imran Khan also discussed ‘One Woman One Bank Account’ initiative under the Ehsas Program, to elaborate on his government’s efforts on financial inclusion and women empowerment.
The upcoming $200 million grant in 2020 is a continuation of Bill Gates’s charity foundation’s decade long philanthropy work in Pakistan.