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U.S. to grant $122 million to India to study infectious diseases

U.S. to grant $122 million to India to study infectious diseases

The selected institutions were mandated by the MoHFW

The United States has announced a funding of USD 122 million to the top three Indian medical research institutions to prevent avoidable epidemics, early detection of disease threats, and rapid and effective response. The entire amount will be given over a period of five years and distributed to the three top Indian health research institutions- National Institute of Virology (NIV), The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE).The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the fund would hasten the progress towards an India which is safe from infectious disease threats.

The purpose of the fund is to detect and control zoonotic disease outbreaks through a 'one health' approach; evaluate vaccine safety monitoring systems; capacitate the public health workforce in the field of epidemiology and outbreak response, and combat antimicrobial resistance .ICMR  was originally established as an apex body for the formulation, coordination, and promotion of biomedical research in India and has taken up most of the laboratory-based surveillance of infectious diseases in recent years. The selected institutions were mandated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to provide oversight for laboratory confirmation of priority pathogens in India.


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