India gets additional funds from the US to fight COVID-19

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Updated: Apr 30, 2020 6:25 PM

Over the last 20 years, the US has provided more than $1.4 billion in health assistance and around $2.8 billion in total assistance.

“...The US government through USAID announced an additional USD 3 million to India to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” it said.So far, the USAID has given India almost $ 5.9 million to help fight COVID-19 and these additional funds will help in strengthening case finding and surveillance, providing care and disseminating essential public health messages.

India gets $ 3 million through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), to help fight the spreading pandemic of COVID-19announced an additional $3 million to India to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. While announcing this assistance, the US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster stated, “The additional funding to India to help its efforts to combat COVID-19 is yet another example of the strong and enduring partnership between the United States and India.”

According to a note from the US Embassy, New Delhi, in coordination with the Indian government, the US Agency is providing these funds to the Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity (PAHAL) project. This is an innovative financing platform of IPE Global.

So far, the USAID has given India almost $ 5.9 million to help fight COVID-19 and these additional funds will help in strengthening case finding and surveillance, providing care and disseminating essential public health messages.

According to the US embassy note, through the PAHAL project, the USAID is going to support the National Health Authority to establish a financing facility. This facility will mobilize resources from the private sector to assist over 20,000 health facilities which have been enrolled under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY). This is the government’s health insurance scheme for more than 500 million poor and vulnerable people.

The US administration through USAID and the Department of Health and Human Services agencies, including the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health has been helping India over the years.

Over the last 20 years, the US has provided more than $1.4 billion in health assistance and around $2.8 billion in total assistance.

USAID for India earlier this month

Earlier this month the US administration had announced $2.9 million aid for India through the USAID.

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