USAID Current Affairs
United States and India have formed ‘USAID-India End TB Alliance comprising leading experts in public and private sectors to combat the menace of tuberculosis. It was announced by US Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Mark Green at event in New York in presence of Union Health Minister J P Nadda.
USAID-India End TB Alliance
The alliance members include industry and civil society leaders, academics, scientists, innovators, investors, and members of the diaspora. The experts in the alliance will offer innovative approaches to combat tuberculosis in India. It two members include Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General of World Health Organisation (WHO) and Blessina Kumar from Global Coalition of TB Activists. USAID will make initial US $30 million commitment, subject to approval of the US Congress
TB is disease caused by bacteria “Mycobacterium tuberculosis” that most often affect the lungs. It spreads from person to person through the air. It commonly affects lungs but can also affect other parts of the body. It is the second biggest killer disease worldwide next only to HIV/AIDS. ndia accounts for about a quarter of the global TB burden. Worldwide India is the country with the highest burden of both TB and MDR (Multi-drug resistant) TB. It accounts for 27% of the world’s TB cases, with 421,000 deaths per year i.e. one TB related death every minute. In March 2017, Government had set aim elimination of TB in India by 2025.
The Union Ministry of Power and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched India’s first integrated web portal designed to promote and mainstream Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) in India.
The portal (www.nzeb.in) was launched by Secretary of Union Ministry of Power Pradeep Kumar Pujari and Ambassador Mr Jonathan Addleton, USAID Mission Director to India.
Key features of Portal
- A first of its kind portal provides complete information about NZEB that generate as much energy as they use.
- It also helps to achieve near-zero energy status through the use of efficient lighting and equipment, best practice design strategies and integration of renewable energy technologies.
- In addition it also hosts the NZEB Alliance, an industry-wide body setup to drive the Indian markets toward highly energy-efficient buildings.
- It will also provide information for policymakers, architects, engineers, developers, sustainability consultants and academia.