United States provides 3.6 million USD assistance to India

On May 12, 2020, the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced 3.6 million USD assistance to India in order to fight against COVID-19.

Highlights

The fund allocated is to be used to prevent, respond and prepare India to act against the spread of COVID-19. The funds will also be used to strengthen laboratory capacities of India. This specifically includes serology and molecular diagnostics.

The funds will also be used to support Infection Prevention and Control centres. These centres will improve the ability of the hospital networks to detect COVID-19.

Role of CDC

The CDC has conducted trainings in India for physicians, administrators, nurses and hospital staff to combat COVID-19.

Goal of CDC

The CDC aims at global health response to COVID-19. The main goal of CDC is to limit human-human transmission of COVID-19. It intends to achieve this through partnerships with non-Governmental organization and mitigate vulnerabilities.

India-US

Apart from CDC, there are other agencies of the United States that have helped India through financial assistance. This includes USAID (United States Agency for International Development), Department of Health and Human Services Agencies. These agencies together have provided 2.8 billion USD of total assistance and 1.4 billion USD for health.

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