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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

Top 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%

What CDC Is Doing

  • 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.


CDC: Protecting Americans Through Global Health - India

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.

  • Page last reviewed: July 27, 2015
  • Page last updated: September 21, 2015
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