The funds will also be used to support the development of IPC centers of excellence that can improve the hospital’s ability to detect Covid-19 and strengthen local health systems through improved monitoring and surveillance systems, a US embassy statement said.
The CDC is the National Public Health Institute for United States. It is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“This initial tranche of funding will seek to bolster and support the Indian government’s efforts to increase laboratory capacity for SARS-COV-2 testing, including molecular diagnostics and serology,” the embassy said.
The CDC will work with local partners to help develop a strong workforce in health to support India’s capacity to respond not only to the Covid-19 pandemic but also to future threats.
The scope of support will include planning of health operations centers to further strengthen emergency management capacity in emergencies.
The CDC India program will provide technical assistance to the Indian government’s ongoing crisis management and risk communication efforts.
Since early January, the CDC’s office in India has partnered with sub-national and national government institutes to support the Covid-19 response in the country, the statement said.
The collaborative efforts are focused on laboratory strengthening, prevention and control of infections, development of healthcare professionals, emergency response, risk communication and community engagement.
CDC has conducted training across India for healthcare administrators, doctors, nurses and hospital staff on readiness and response, infection prevention and control, laboratory operations and field epidemiology to equip frontline response workers with the skills to collect, analyze and interpret data and contribute to evidence decisions.
The goal of the CDC’s global health response to Covid-19 is to limit human-to-human transmission and minimize the impact of Covid-19 through partnerships with key countries and non-governmental partners to mitigate vulnerabilities and gaps in preparedness, the US embassy said.
The CDC has a long-standing relationship and technical cooperation with the Indian government Ministry of health and family welfare to control HIV, TB and malaria, eradicate polio, and prepare for response to influenza and other pandemic diseases.
“Over the past two decades, this partnership has received support at the highest levels of the two governments and has deepened mutual cooperation through the exchange of scientific knowledge, expertise and technology and the development of institutional and human capabilities to address these health goals, it said US Embassy.
These past investments to improve health security have laid the groundwork for rapid and effective preparation of new threats, including the current coronavirus outbreak, it says.
For decades, the United States has been the world’s largest provider of bilateral public health assistance, the statement states.
In India, US authorities, including the US Agency for International Development (USAID), are the United States Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention and other health and human services agencies have provided more than $ 1.4 billion in healthcare and nearly $ 2.8 billion in total assistance over the last 20 years, it says.