An assistance of $3.6 million to India has been committed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The amount aims to enhance India’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic. It will also led to prevention, preparedness, and response activities in India. It will also help India in its effort to increase the laboratory capacity for SARS-COV-2 testing.
The scope of support that the funds will provide includes:
- The development of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) centers of excellence to improve the ability of hospital networks in COVID-19 detection.
- Fortify local health systems via improved surveillance and monitoring systems.
- Work along the local partners to help in the development of a strong public health workforce to enhance India’s capacity to respond to this pandemic along with future threats as well.
- Offer technical assistance to the Government of India’s ongoing crisis emergency and risk communication efforts.