Coronavirus Pandemic: USAID announces additional $3 million aid to India to fight against COVID-19 crisis
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The government of United States of America on Thursday announced a grant of an additional USD 3 million to India to aid its fight against the coronavirus, which has afflicted more than 33,000 people across the nationa and claimed lives of 1,074 people so far. The grant will be made through US government’s aid agency USAID.
In coordination with the Indian government, the USAID is providing these funds to the Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity (PAHAL) project, an innovative financing platform of IPE Global, USAID said in a statement today.
US Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster, as quoted by news agency ANI, stated, "This additional funding to support India in its continuing efforts to combat COVID-19 is yet another example of the strong and enduring partnership between the United States and India."
Till date, the USAID has provided USD 5.9 million in grants to help India in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic. The new aid of USD 3 million will help the country in mitigating the spread of the deadly contagion, provide care for the affected, disseminate essential public health messages to communities, and strengthen case finding and surveillance.
Through the PAHAL project, the USAID will support the National Health Authority to establish a financing facility that can mobilize resources from the private sector to assist over 20,000 health facilities enrolled under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), India's health insurance scheme for 500 million poor and vulnerable people.
During the talks on April 04, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump had agreed to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Early this month, India, at the request of President Donald Trump, had exported 35.82 lakh tablets of hydroxychloroquine to the US along with active pharmaceutical ingredient or API required in the manufacturing of the drug.
Trump had thanked India for its decision to export hydroxychloroquine to fight coronavirus and lauded Prime Minister Modi for his "strong leadership" in helping "not just India, but humanity" in this fight.
(With ANI Inputs)
Posted By: Talib Khan