US CDC commits $3.6 mn to assist India’s fight against Covid-19

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Kolkata: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has committed $3.6 million to assist Indian government’s fight against COVID-19, the US Embassy said in a statement.

The fund is to support prevention, preparedness and response activities in India.

“This initial tranche of funding will seek to further strengthen and support the Government of India’s efforts to increase laboratory capacity for SARS-COV-2 testing, including molecular diagnostics and serology,” the US Embassy said in a press statement.

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The funds will also be used to support the development of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) centers of excellence that can improve the ability of hospital networks to detect COVID-19 and strengthen local health systems through enhanced surveillance and monitoring systems.

The CDC would also work with local partners to help India strengthen its public health workforce, not only to this pandemic but to future threats as well.

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The scope of support will include planning for health emergency operations centers to further strengthen public health emergency management capacities. In addition, the CDC India program will provide technical assistance for the government

of India’s ongoing crisis emergency and risk communication efforts.

US government agencies including the US Agency for International Development (USAID), CDC and other Department of Health and Human Services agencies, have provided more than $1.4 billion in health assistance to India and nearly $2.8 billion in total assistance over the last 20 years. the embassy said.

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