A memorandum of understanding will soon be signed between the Bihar government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for executing a slew of health projects in selected districts of the State.

The Foundation had in principle agreed to commit about Rs. 500-crore for the projects in a meeting on Wednesday between the State officials and a visiting Gates Foundation team, State Health department’s Principal Secretary C.K. Mishra said here on Saturday.

The 11-member foundation team, headed by Ashok Alexander, consented during the meeting to offer “co-operation and finding” for the projects.

One of the major areas of the foundation’s focus would be projects on reproductive health and nutrition, but it is also interested in funding efforts to combat and control tuberculosis, kala-azar, pneumonia and polio.