On 2 April, the World Bank approved approved World Bank World Bank Fast-Tracks $1 Billion COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Support for India Read more $1 billion in aid to bolster India’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding was to help sharpen the tips of India’s trident in the fight against the virus—the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the National Health Mission National Health Mission National Health Mission It is the Indian government’s overarching, centrally-managed programme for healthcare delivery (NHM).
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NCDC moves from frontline to sidelines in India’s epidemic response
NCDC’s raison d'être was to prevent a pandemic in India, but it struggled in managing Covid-19 like the rest of the world. Moving on, it needs every cog in the Indian healthcare wheel to work to be effective
ICMR and NHM have ramped up testing and treatment of Covid-19, but NCDC—which is meant to monitor and trace the spread of the virus—finds itself in a rut
Its flagship programme IDSP’s spending in 2017-18 was $4.1 million—less than 2% of the National AIDS and STD Control Programme’s expenditure
NCDC has had a lot of conflicts with the state governments in collecting data on outbreaks. The conflicts are rising again as it tries to strengthen itself
NCDC’s problems have been flagged before, to no avail. Now, the cracks are being exacerbated by the sheer scale of the pandemic