How to help India in the Covid crisis

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India’s coronavirus crisis is the worst since the start of the pandemic, and it will likely get worse before it gets better.

Hospitals are full, oxygen supplies are dwindling, and patients are dying while waiting to see a doctor. As workers leave locked towns for their home villages, experts fear the exodus may accelerate the spread of the virus in rural areas, as another did last year.

Official estimates of the national infection toll – well over 300,000 per day – are likely underestimated, epidemiologists say. The reported figure will likely rise to 500,000 cases per day by August, they say, leaving up to one million of the 1.4 billion people in India dead from Covid-19.

Charities, volunteers and businesses in India and elsewhere are trying to help Covid victims and frontline workers across the country.

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Here are some ways to help.

  • United Nations agencies, including UNICEF and the World Health Organization, provide personal protective equipment kits, oxygen concentrators, diagnostic test systems and other supplies to frontline health workers in India .

  • PATH, a Seattle-based nonprofit global health organization, says it has a team of more than 200 people working in India to stock up on oxygen and speed up testing and monitoring for Covid-19.

  • the International medical corps, who works in conflict zones around the world, raises funds for a campaign to provide medical equipment, PPE, isolation facilities and other essential supplies to India.

  • Care India says it has provided hospitals and frontline workers in India with more than 39,000 PPE kits, as well as masks and other supplies. The nonprofit, which has worked in India for 70 years, accepts donations of any amount.

  • the Indian Development Association, a Maryland-based charity that partners with nonprofits in India, says it has volunteers who distribute food and protective gear in most of India’s 29 states.

  • HOPE project, also in Maryland, is a nonprofit organization that provides medical training, health education, and humanitarian aid around the world. The group claims to have provided Covid-related assistance in 150 countries during the pandemic, including India.

  • GIVE.asia, a fundraising platform in Singapore for causes in the Asia-Pacific region, says it is working with the Singapore Red Cross to send ventilators, oxygen concentrators and oxygen generators to India. The platform also hosts fundraising campaigns by individuals.

  • AmeriCares, a Connecticut-based nongovernmental organization that specializes in emergency medical response, says it works in several Indian states to provide PPE, ventilators and other medical equipment, as well as educating people about how to prevent the spread of the virus.

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  • the Indian Red Cross Society has staff and volunteers who organize blood drives, provide medical aid and supplies, and other essential services across the country.

  • Youth Feed India and Helping Hands Charitable Trust deliver ration kits to vulnerable residents of Mumbai. Each kit includes staples like rice and dal, and feeds a family of four for 15 days. Donate here in a number of ways, including through Google Pay.

  • Ketto, a fundraising platform in Mumbai, a hotspot of the latest Covid outbreak in the country, is leading a campaign by hundreds of entrepreneurs to purchase 3,000 oxygen concentrators. (The organizers are tweet live updates.)

  • DeU2Them, a Bombay-based nonprofit, fundraises on Ketto from Indian individuals and businesses to pay for food and medical supplies in the vast financial hub.

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