New Delhi | Agencies: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has committed USD 3.6 million financial aid to assist the Government of India’s in its response to its fight against the COVID19 pandemic. These resources will support prevention, preparedness, and response activities in India, said US Embassy in India as quoted by news agency ANI.

The initial tranche of funding will strengthen India's effort to increase laboratory capacity for SARS-COV-2 testing, including molecular diagnostics and serology, said a report published in tribuneindia.com

The funds will be used to support development of infection prevention and control (IPC) centres of excellence to help improve the ability of hospital networks to detect coronavirus and strengthen local health system via enhanced surveillance and monitoring system. 

"The CDC will work with local partners to assist in the development of a strong public health workforce to support India's capacity to respond not only to this pandemic but to future threats as well," the release said.

In addition, CDC will also provide "technical assistance for the government in ongoing crisis emergency and risk communication efforts."

"Since early January, the CDC's India Office has been collaborating with sub-national and national government institutes to support the COVID-19 response in India. Collaboration efforts are focused on lab strengthening, infection prevention and control, health workforce development, emergency management, risk communication, and community engagement," the US Embassy stated.

The CDC has also conducted trainings across India for healthcare administrators, physicians, nurses, and hospital staff on preparedness and response, infection prevention and control, laboratory operations, and field epidemiology to equip frontline response workers with the necessary skills to collect, analyze, and interpret data, and contribute to evidence-based decisions.

The US Embassy while pointing out, that for decades, the United States has been the world's largest provider of bilateral assistance in public health, said: "In India, U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, and other Department of Health and Human Services agencies, have provided more than USD 1.4 billion in health assistance and nearly USD 2.8 billion in total assistance over the last 20 years."

 

(with ANI inputs)

Posted By: James Kuanal