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CDC Works in India

CDC collaborates with the Government of India, Indian institutions, and international organizations to address a wide range of infectious and non-communicable diseases. Together we work to strengthen India’s health system to reach national and international goals. CDC opened the first India office in 2001 to support the Life Initiative for HIV/AIDS prevention and control. Today CDC maintains offices in New Delhi and Hyderabad with staff supporting initiatives of the Division of Global Health Protection, the Global Immunization Division, the Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis, and the Influenza Program.

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CDC office (physical presence)
11 U.S. Assignees
26 Locally Employed

India at a Glance

Population: 1,296,200,000
Per capita income: $5,350
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 68/65 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 44/1,000 live births
Source: Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2014

iconTop 10 Causes of Death

Source: WHO World Health Statistics 2012

  1. Ischemic heart disease 12 %
  2. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 11%
  3. Stroke 9%
  4. Diarrheal disease 6%
  5. Lower respiratory infections 5%
  6. Preterm birth complications 4%
  7. Tuberculosis 3%
  8. Self-inflicted injuries 3%
  9. Falls 3%
  10. Road injuries 2%

Impact in India

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  • Reduced polio from 1,934 cases in 1998 to 1 case in 2011. India is now certified polio-free.
  • Trained 886 staff from District AIDS Prevention and Control Units in 189 high-HIV prevalence districts between 2010 and 2011.
  • Identified monsoon seasonality of influenza virus, leading to revision of recommendation to vaccinate during pre-monsoon period (April-May).
  • Discovered the cause of a previously unexplained neurologic illness affecting children in Bihar.

HIV/AIDS

In support of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s National AIDS Control Organization, CDC has focused its efforts on preventing new infections, increasing access to services for persons living with HIV and tuberculosis (TB), and establishing a single monitoring and evaluation system. CDC provides technical assistance on a broad range of issues, including prevention of parent to child transmission of HIV, addressing HIV prevention and treatment needs of people who inject drugs, care and treatment of key affected populations, addressing comorbidities of TB and HIV, strengthening laboratory systems, and district-level capacity to address HIV and TB, and strategic information.

Tuberculosis

TB IndiaCDC has provided technical assistance for TB control efforts since 1997. Nationwide overage of Directly Observed Therapy (a leading TB control strategy) was achieved in 2006. Since 2007, CDC has provided guidance on expanding TB/HIV and TB infection control, provided technical assistance to multidrug resistant TB activities, and supported TB program strengthening, operational research and surveillance.

Immunization

Since 1993, CDC has assigned experts to WHO regional and country offices in India to support surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases. CDC’s technical support and leadership has been instrumental in developing and implementing polio eradication strategies, maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination strategies, strengthening the national immunization program, and supporting accelerated control of measles and rubella. In 2014 India was certified polio-free.

Global Disease Detection (GDD)

vaccines IndiaIn support of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s National AIDS Control Organization, CDC has focused its efforts on preventing new infections, increasing access to services for persons living with HIV and tuberculosis (TB), and establishing a single monitoring and evaluation system. CDC provides technical assistance on a broad range of issues, including prevention of parent to child transmission of HIV, addressing HIV prevention and treatment needs of people who inject drugs, care and treatment of key affected populations, addressing comorbidities of TB and HIV, strengthening laboratory systems, and district-level capacity to address HIV and TB, and strategic information.

Foodborne/Acute Diarrheal Disease Infections

Foodborne/Acute diarrheal diseases India

CDC builds capacity for foodborne/acute diarrheal disease surveillance in India with the goal of controlling and reducing the number of acute diarrheal disease illnesses and related economic costs. This program brings multidisciplinary scientists together and conducts training to detect and respond to diarrheal disease outbreaks.

India Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)

In support of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s National AIDS Control Organization, CDC has focused its efforts on preventing new infections, increasing access to services for persons living with HIV and tuberculosis (TB), and establishing a single monitoring and evaluation system. CDC provides technical assistance on a broad range of issues, including prevention of parent to child transmission of HIV, addressing HIV prevention and treatment needs of people who inject drugs, care and treatment of key affected populations, addressing comorbidities of TB and HIV, strengthening laboratory systems, and district-level capacity to address HIV and TB, and strategic information.

Influenza

In support of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s National AIDS Control Organization, CDC has focused its efforts on preventing new infections, increasing access to services for persons living with HIV and tuberculosis (TB), and establishing a single monitoring and evaluation system. CDC provides technical assistance on a broad range of issues, including prevention of parent to child transmission of HIV, addressing HIV prevention and treatment needs of people who inject drugs, care and treatment of key affected populations, addressing comorbidities of TB and HIV, strengthening laboratory systems, and district-level capacity to address HIV and TB, and strategic information.

Noncommunicable Diseases

Waterborne disease IndiaIn support of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s National AIDS Control Organization, CDC has focused its efforts on preventing new infections, increasing access to services for persons living with HIV and tuberculosis (TB), and establishing a single monitoring and evaluation system. CDC provides technical assistance on a broad range of issues, including prevention of parent to child transmission of HIV, addressing HIV prevention and treatment needs of people who inject drugs, care and treatment of key affected populations, addressing comorbidities of TB and HIV, strengthening laboratory systems, and district-level capacity to address HIV and TB, and strategic information.

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CDC works 24/7 to protect the American people from disease, including those that begin overseas. CDC has dedicated and caring experts in over 50 countries. They detect and control outbreaks at their source, saving lives and reducing healthcare costs. In India, CDC is helping to develop a strong public health system.

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  • Page last updated: January 8, 2016
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