India’s COVID-19 Crisis: How You Can Help, Donate
On Tuesday, India’s official coronavirus case tally exceeded 20 million, and the official death toll topped 220,000 – but those numbers are considered a serious undercount.
The frightening outbreak of the virus has left hospitals filled with patients as families scramble to find ventilators, hospital beds and oxygen supplies for loved ones. Their calls echoed on social media and message boards. Crematoriums are operating at near full capacity as people die while waiting for treatment.
But there is a silver lining.
Aid and rescue supplies are pouring in from people, governments and organizations around the world, donating medical supplies and other vital resources to those in desperate need.
If you would like to donate to help India, here are some ways:
HOPE project, an international organization that aims to empower healthcare workers, coordinates with government officials and local partners to get PPE, oxygen supplies, critical care equipment, ventilators and other critical items to hospitals and clinics that need it.
They are asking for donations to provide essential medical supplies to India and other parts of the world.
You can read more about what they are doing in the field here.
To contribute, click here.
America India Foundation is asking for donations to help provide oxygen concentrators, ventilators, portable hospital beds and cold storage equipment to rural areas and states in need.
For more information on their response strategy, click here.
To make a donation, click here.
Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy is asking for help with its volunteer-led #OxygenForIndia campaign to make sure medical oxygen really gets to those who need it most, especially those who can’t make it to the hospital.
For more information on #OxygenForIndia or to donate, click here.
Sewa International, a Hindu religious organization based in Houston, Texas, set up a “Saving Bharath” fundraiser to purchase, acquire and ship oxygen concentrators and ventilators to hospitals across India. (“Bharat” is another name for India in some Indian languages).
To learn more about their efforts, click here.
To donate to the fundraiser, click here.
Unicef, the United Nations branch of child support, focuses on supporting outreach programs and services for children during crisis. It also purchases and installs oxygen generation plants in hospitals and supplies precise COVID-19 testing machines to areas with high case rates.
You can find more information about their efforts in India here.
You can donate here.
Vibha Inc., a California-based nonprofit that also focuses on providing resources to underprivileged children, is helping organizations and field hospitals in India with cash, oxygen concentrators and PPE kits. They are also planning to set up vaccination clinics.
To learn more about their efforts and to donate, click here.
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