The pandemic still rages across the world.
A hard-hitting second wave of coronavirus has reached India, with the country reporting record pandemic numbers and 17.9 million total COVID cases. According to estimates reported by the New York Times, the country has had more than 200,000 deaths and identified at least 350,000 new cases every day this week.
These high numbers mean that hospitals are struggling to provide sufficient care for patients, seeking new sources for supplemental oxygen and personal protective equipment. Many are being turned away because of a lack of beds, dying outside crowded hospital doors. A slow vaccine rollout — due in part to global inequities in vaccine access as well as an inconsistent government response — has resulted in fewer than 10 percent of the population successfully vaccinated.
Just like last year, the crisis is galvanizing people online.
Journalist Mythili Sampathkumar started a crowdsourced thread of resources via Twitter, including fundraisers for individual oxygen tanks:
Lots of friends have said they’ve lost loved ones to Covid in India – and that’s just today. I’d like to start a thread here specifically to highlight some ways the diaspora can help (especially our journalist colleagues there). Please send me your ideas/funds/etc
— Mythili Sampathkumar (@MythiliSk) April 26, 2021
Buzzfeed reporter Scaachi Koul shared a master Google Doc of organizations and individual fundraisers that are actively seeking donations for COVID-19 relief. The list was compiled by volunteers, including activist and user Riddhi Dastidar, and can be filtered by urgency of need, location, and the organization’s ability to accept international donations.
Here’s a monster Google Doc with a ton of places and people in India you can donate (internationally!) to. I’ve sent some money to a few organizations and individuals myself; if you’re at all in a position to match me, I would be so grateful: https://t.co/cHwHV9DSKy
— Scaachi (@Scaachi) April 26, 2021
Here are a few other organizations facilitating COVID-19 relief efforts on the ground:
The nonprofit collects and redistributes funds for medical services and equipment that provide supplemental oxygen to patients — things like oxygen generation plants, oxygen concentrators, and even the labor needed to refill oxygen tanks.
You can also start your own fundraiser for GiveIndia’s COVID-19 Healthcare Heroes program.
The Americares India team is providing needed medical supplies to facilities across the country from its base in Mumbai. The team has already distributed 6.6 million units of protective gear to healthcare workers and will continue to support the needs of workers on the ground.
Donations to the organization’s COVID-19 fund will go directly towards these efforts, with a goal of $5 million.
Americares today, Wednesday, April 28:
• We’re responding to COVID-19 surge in India
• Doing all that we can to help – your support is needed
→ Latest https://t.co/sjVHJpO2E2.
Video is a loop of pic of person in white protective gear with arm raised in front of vaccine sign. pic.twitter.com/13Bpb4dmMj
— Americares (@Americares) April 28, 2021
While UNICEF workers have been helping educate communities about containing the spread of COVID-19 since last year, current efforts are directed towards supporting the needs of emergency healthcare workers.
Donations made to UNICEF USA will go directly towards “delivering critical oxygen concentrators and diagnostic testing systems, hygiene supplies and PPE kits to protect health care workers,” according to the organization.
From providing health centers with urgently needed supplies to educating communities on stopping the spread, UNICEF is on the ground: https://t.co/Kbxgt7PwLV
— UNICEF USA (@UNICEFUSA) April 28, 2021
The humanitarian medical aid organization pledged $5 million in emergency relief funds this week towards sourcing and distributing oxygen concentrators. You can earmark donations specifically for the organization’s COVID-19 relief efforts. However, the drop-down menu only includes a general fund for COVID efforts, not one specifically geared at India relief.
Since the start of the pandemic, the anti-poverty and empowerment nonprofit has collaborated with more than 100 organizations to provide COVID-19 relief. Donations fund PPE for hospitals, care facilities, and other medical facilities reopening to handle the second wave.
Indian community leaders in California’s Bay Area partnered with the nonprofit Save Life Foundation and the Delhi government to raise funds for supplemental oxygen deliveries. Donations will specifically fund a delivery of more than 200 oxygen concentrators to facilities in need in Delhi. The initiative is also partnering with humanitarian organization Sewa International to facilitate donations outside of the capital.
This story will be updated with more resources as they become available.