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How to help India during its devastating COVID-19 crisis

Humanitarian groups step up aid to India
Humanitarian groups send medical supplies to India amid COVID crisis 11:11

The COVID-19 crisis continues to devastate India as the official death toll nears 220,000, with many suspecting the actual toll is far higher. 

There is a dire vaccine shortage, extremely low oxygen and protective-equipment supplies, and mass cremations are taking place. The anger directed at the government for the slow response is growing daily. The U.S. recently restricted travel from the country.

Amid calls to aid the country, the world is stepping up. For those looking for a way to contribute directly to relief efforts, below is a list of some of the organizations seeking donations that are providing oxygen, food, medical supplies, PPE and other forms of support to India:

  • Care India is supplying PPE to frontline workers and helping set up temporary COVID-specific hospitals and care centers across India. Since the pandemic began, it has supplied over 39,000 PPE kits, 220,000 masks and thousands of gallons of disinfectant and hand sanitizer.

  • UNICEF is supplying oxygen concentrators, testing systems, PPE kits and personal care products.

  • Project HOPE is working with the Indian government to deliver medical supplies to the country's hardest-hit areas, train frontline health workers and educate communities on COVID and how to stop the spread.

  • Americares is supplying oxygen concentrators, ventilators, PPE kits, masks, sanitizers, thermometers and other medical equipment. It is also offering telehealth consultations and medicine delivery and helping educate communities about the disease.

  • Give India's India COVID Response Fund includes wide-ranging fundraisers to help supply oxygen, medical beds,  sanitary napkins and food and fund medical treatments and quarantine support.

  • The Indian Red Cross Society is running blood drives and delivering equipment across the country.

  • The Association for India's Development is providing direct relief services, including delivering groceries and other items to those whose livelihoods are directly impacted by the pandemic. It is also setting up COVID-19 information helplines and help desks in rural areas, and working directly with grassroots community organizations.

  • Vibha is helping provide food and hygiene kits for families, oxygen concentrators to hospitals and working to set up vaccination centers.

  • The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, which represents more than 80,000 practicing physicians in the U.S., is using financial donations to provide oxygen concentrators to India.

  • Oxfam India is providing PPE, supplying food and cash to those hardest hit, working with policymakers on ensuring vaccine accessibility and working to support India's overall public health system. 

  • Indian crowd-funding platform Ketto is fundraising for oxygen supplies.

  • The American India Foundation is assisting with oxygen, medical beds and cold-storage equipment, as well as community outreach and education.

  • The International Medical Corps is providing PPE, sanitation and hygiene supplies, and isolation facilities, as well as addressing vaccine misinformation and concerns surrounding vaccine hesitancy.

  • United Way Worldwide is immediately funding medical supplies including BIPAP machines and hospital beds to the hardest-hit areas.

  • Johns Hopkins University affiliate Jhpiego focuses on training and support for health care workers.

  • NGO Khalsa Aid has raised over $260,000 so far for oxygen concentrators.

  • Islamic Relief USA is providing oxygen, PPE, and other essential supplies.

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