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Bolstering India's Response to COVID-19

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The United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, —building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. Government has made more than $1 billion available to governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries to fight the pandemic.

In India, USAID is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with decisive action. Our priorities in the COVID-19 response are to protect the safety and health security of Indians and support India in its response to COVID-19. We are working directly with a wide range of stakeholders, including government and multilateral organizations, NGOs, the private sector and other organizations responding on the ground to combat this dangerous pandemic. This includes working with frontline workers to slow the spread, care for the affected, and support local communities with the tools needed to fight COVID-19.

To date, USAID has announced nearly $5.9 million in funding to combat COVID-19 in India, aimed at disseminating essential public health messages to communities, strengthening case finding and surveillance, training Community Health Officers, and establishing a financing facility that can mobilize resources from the private sector.

USAID has also donated a first shipment of 100 brand-new, state-of-the-art ventilators to India to assist its fight against COVID-19. The 100 ventilator units are valued at $1.2 million.  In addition, USAID is funding a comprehensive package of additional support, which includes accompanying equipment and medical supplies, technical assistance, and service plans. 

Recognizing the secondary impacts of COVID-19 on other sectors, USAID/India is also integrating COVID response measures in its other development programs in areas such as water, sanitation, and hygiene, regional power trade, sustainable landscapes, and other infectious diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis to mitigate COVID’s impact on the poor and vulnerable.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP:

The most effective way people can assist relief efforts is by making cash contributions to organizations that are conducting relief operations. USAID encourages cash donations because they allow aid professionals to procure the exact items needed; can be transferred quickly and without transportation costs; support the economy of the disaster-stricken region; and ensure culturally, dietarily, and environmentally appropriate assistance.

For more information and to donate, visit USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information: www.cidi.org.

USAID has established an inbox (covid19tf_pse@usaid.gov) to coordinate private sector engagement around the COVID-19 response.

USAID can accept unsolicited applications and proposals. The Agency has set up a COVID-19 Concepts portal at: https://www.usaid.gov/coronavirus/funding-requests-unsolicited-proposals. We encourage potential partners to continue monitoring https://www.grants.gov/ and https://beta.sam.gov/ (new fedbizops) for new grant and contract opportunities related to COVID-19.

 

Last updated: July 16, 2020

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