5.9 m. dollar US aid to India to fight virus

5.9 m. dollar US aid to India to fight virus


The US has provided nearly 5.9 million dollars in health assistance to India to contain the spread of COVID-19, the State Department has said.

The amount is being used to help India hinder the spread of the disease by providing care for the affected, disseminating essential public health messages to communities and strengthen case-finding and surveillance, it said on Thursday.

The assistance is also being used to mobilize innovative financing mechanisms for emergency preparedness and response to this pandemic.

'This builds on a foundation of nearly 2.8 billion dollars in total assistance, which includes more than 1.4 billion in health assistance, the US has provided to India over the last 20 years,' it said in a update of the US efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State Department and the US Agency for International Development have now committed nearly 508 million dollars in emergency health, humanitarian, and economic assistance.