India and the US will collaborate on setting up of a regional global disease detection centre in Delhi, discussions on which figured prominently during a meeting between Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and visiting Under Secretary of State William Burns on Thursday.
The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indian National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) are to collaborate to set up the proposed centre.
Discussions were held on the proposed regional Global Disease Detection Programme (GDDP) centre in New Delhi as the visiting US official met Azad in New Delhi.
Azad expressed his happiness that bilateral cooperation in health and medicine between India and the US is leading to infrastructure strengthening and transfer of technology.
He pointed out that Indo-US collaboration had been successful so far as tuberculosis, cancer, maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS are concerned. Azad also expressed India's commitment to eradicate polio.
Both sides expressed keenness for enhanced co-operation in the health sector.
The GDDP in the US is a surveillance and response programme that identifies emerging microbial threats and responds to infectious disease outbreaks. It was established by CDC in 2005.
Currently, several regional GDDP response centres are operational in various countries like Kenya and Thailand.