New Delhi – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday the award of more than $15 million dollars to twelve different Indian organizations to help implement Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) projects across the country. The cooperative agreements will allow for the expansion of various disease detection networks, as well as provide resources needed to help strengthen India’s overall preparedness for potential global disease threats.
Funding recipients include:
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences
- Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI)
- Manipal University
- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare-International Health Division
- National Centre for Disease Control
- National Institute of Epidemiology
- National Institute of Health and Family Welfare
- National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
- National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis
- National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics
- National Institute of Virology, Pune
- Public Health Institute
CDC India will provide technical assistance and project support to each of the funding recipients. These partnerships provide important opportunities for CDC and India to collaborate on many fundamental GHSA activities, which include increasing the capacity to detect and respond to emerging infectious diseases; strengthening infrastructure for outbreak and emergency response; enhancing the public health workforce; linking surveillance and lab networks; and working to better understand and prevent antimicrobial resistance.
CDC maintains offices in New Delhi and Hyderabad that support the initiatives of the Global Disease Detection Regional Center (GDD), the Global Immunization Division, the Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis, and the Influenza Program. CDC India has collaborated with the Government of India, Indian institutions, and international organizations to address a wide range of infectious and non-communicable diseases since 2001.
The GHSA aims to bring multiple countries and multiple sectors together, including health, agriculture, and science to strengthen worldwide capacity to detect, prevent and respond to public health threats of all kinds. More than $50 million in CDC funding over the next year will go to 49 organizations working in 24 countries to help support implementation of the GHSA and Ebola preparedness.