A partnership project of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and U.S. Centers for Disease Control

Background

Universal and affordable health care has been central to the planning of the India’s health system. The Government of India (GoI), under the National Health Mission, has supported scale up of operations to meet the increasing country demands. To ensure quality service delivery, there is a need for building capacity of health care workers and the public sector lab workforce for better implementation and coverage at all levels. Substantial effort and resources have been devoted to the creation of a wide network of public sector health facilities and laboratory networks.

Technical partnerships with international agencies have enormous potential to improve health systems. It also presents an opportunity for collaborations on common goals, with an opportunity for tapping the strengths, methodology, and resources of various expertise in the field to foster sustainability. With the bilateral support of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) implements the Labs for Life (L4L) which is a partnership project for improving quality of laboratory services, building sustainable laboratory systems, and strengthening country owned institutions within the public health sector.

The L4L Project will support activities to improve quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of Regional Laboratories under the MoHFW based on the needs, and in support of the broader public health laboratory system strengthening, which is also being supported through CDC’s Global Disease Detection Program and the Global Disease Detection India Center.