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COVID-19 Pandemic Response: India

LocationIndia

Issue AreaDisaster

Amount NeededGeneral Support Needed

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June 2021: 

India’s second wave of COVID-19 is causing unprecedented devastation. After reporting less than 15,000 cases a day in April, India logged 300,000 confirmed cases per day through much of May. While the case rate is now declining, the death toll continues to mount, with 350,000 lives lost in the official tally.

Rural areas were hit hardest by the second wave of Covid 19 compared to urban centres. According to the Centre for Science and Environment, 53% of new cases and 52% of deaths in the country last month were recorded in rural districts, which are more likely to face gaps in health infrastructure.

In a crisis of this magnitude, local knowledge counts. Give2Asia is partnering with trusted nonprofit organizations to support frontline health workers and at-risk communities.

Give2Asia’s grantees are working with diverse range of stakeholders in both urban and rural areas. Our grantees assess the needs of their community and develops customized programs ranging from:

  • Promoting COVID prevention and vaccination
  • Providing medical relief material to frontline workers and equipment in hospitals, community health centres, primary health centres. This includes oxygen concentrators, cylinders, PPE kits including medicines, sanitizers, gloves, masks, testing facilities, and connecting patients to Government hospitals for vaccination and care.
  • Providing food or dry ration to the most marginalized populations
  • Setting up oxygen generating plants in two hospitals
  • Setting up Covid care centers/isolation centers for mild cases

HOW TO GIVE

You can help by donating online to Give2Asia’s COVID-19 response fund for India. For large gifts (via check, bank transfer, or appreciated stock) or corporate giving opportunities, please request a consultation or email info@give2asia.org.

FEATURED PARTNERS (partial list)

Give2Asia is working with over 20 local NGO partners in India that are responding to the current crisis. They include: 

Goonj

  • Reacheout to 10,000 households in the most affected 13 States of India and distributes comprehensive family kits of essentials, primarily consisting of dry ration, and personal care material to the affected communities 

SEEDS

Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS) is an experienced humanitarian organisation that enables community resilience through practical solutions in the areas of disaster readiness, response and rehabilitation. During COVID-19, their activities include:

  • Providing supplies of masks and soap to 20,000 families at INR 1,000 per family
  • Supporting 100 district health facilities in seven states with essential supplies at INR 1,00,000 per facility
  • Building awareness campaigns at INR 300 per person to raise public health awareness INR 300 per person
  • Providing accurate public health information to 100,000 people from seven states to date

Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action (SNEHA)

SNEHA works at the community level to empower women and slum communities to be catalysts of change in their own right and collaborate with existing public health systems and health care providers to create sustainable improvements in urban health. Their COVID-19 response activities include:

  • Support frontline health workers with supply of masks and sanitizer bottles
  • Education on preventative health measures
  • Advocacy with the government to ensure continuity of health services
  • Online training for frontline healthcare workers
  • Distribution of food rations

Gramalaya Trust

Gramalaya was established in 1987 with the goal of working for the amelioration of socially downtrodden people under the integrated rural development approach. Currently, Gramalaya is working in five Southern States including Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Pondicherry. Their COVID-19 activities include:

  • Delivering medical equipment including oxygen concentrators, analyzers and other essentials to hospitals
  • Distributing basic medical equipment, such as pulse oximeters and infrared thermometers
  • Distributing PPE to health workers: masks, respirators, face shields, goggles, etc.
  • Providing hygiene kits (masks, soap, sanitizers, etc.) to vulnerable communities

MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child

MAMTA is a three decades old registered not for profit organization. Guided by innovation and implementation research, Health Systems Strengthening to reach the last mile is at the heart of their work. During COVID-19, MAMTA’s response includes:

  • Procuring PPE kits and other sanitation requirements for the ground-level healthcare workers.
  • Disseminating health information to bridge the knowledge gap and address major myths and misconceptions
  • Provide food rations to households with elderly, pregnant women and most economically challenged families who do not have any source of income
  • Mental health support via telecare with trained mental wellbeing volunteers and counsellors
  • Identifying and addressing gender based violence affecting adolescent girls and women

The Indian Red Cross – Maharashtra

IRCS – Maharashtra is part of the Indian Red Cross, a voluntary humanitarian organization with a network of over 700 branches throughout the country. IRCS – Maharashtra operates the Bel-Air Hospital, a general hospital with a facility for 250 beds. It has departments of general medicine, chest diseases, orthopedics, and other specialties and also has a well equipped laboratory, X-ray, E.C.G. department and I.C.U. Their COVID-19 response includes:

  • Setting up oxygen plant at Hospital for uninterrupted supply of oxygen for COVID patients
  • Purchasing medical equipment like ventilators, oxygen concentrators, oximeters

Margadarshi, The Association for Physically Challenged

Margadarshi works towards achieving effective, productive, meaningful and dignified integration of disabled persons into mainstream society. Their COVID-19 response includes:

  • Education on safety measures & sanitation
  • PPE, masks, and hand sanitizer distribution to communities and health centers

Development of Village Education (DOVE)

DOVE is a Non-Profit Voluntary organization working in the Southern districts of Tamil Nadu in India. Founded in the year 2000, its prime objective has been alleviating poverty and uplifting the vulnerable communities. Their COVID-19 response includes providing:

  • Food
  • Medicine
  • Medical equipment
  • Masks
  • Disinfectants

Individuals from poor backgrounds need these items urgently, as there are severe cases of starvation, illness, and unemployment. The nearest hospital to the communities they serve is 55 kilometers away.

Save the Children India

Save the Children is India’s leading independent child rights NGO. It works in 12 Indian states and has reached more than 10.1 million Indian children since 2008. They run programs in the remotest corners of India and urban areas to provide quality education and healthcare, protection from harm and abuse and life-saving aid during emergencies to children. Their COVID-19 response work focuses on:

  • Procurement and distribution of PPE materials to hospitals
  • Education campaign on Covid-19 prevention

Oxfam India

Oxfam India is working to support child education, empowering women & fighting against inequality in India. Their COVID-19 relief efforts include:

  • Food Support: Providing rations and prepared food
  • Direct Cash Support: Unconditional cash support to migrants and families suffering from Covid
  • Medical Support: Supporting medical facilities with oxygen concentrators and other medical equipment like Digital Thermometer, Oxymeter, BP Machine, Monitor etc.
  • Isolation Centres: Team is on ground to open isolation centres especially in areas of migrant influx
  • Creating Awareness on Vaccination: Mass information drive on vaccination through Adhikar Vaani (an award winning initiative from Oxfam India)
  • Women Livelihood Support: Helping women to start an income-generating activity

PROGRESS REPORT

In July 2020, Give2Asia published a report on the first 100 days of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read about it here.

ABOUT GIVE2ASIA 

Give2Asia is a trusted partner for international philanthropy and the leader in donor-advised grantmaking to the Asia-Pacific. Since 2001, Give2Asia has facilitated more than $350 million of charitable grants across 23 countries. 

Give2Asia is a U.S.-based 501(c)3 public charity. The full amount of your gift qualifies as a charitable contribution for federal tax purposes.

Transparency & Trust: 90% or more of your donation will go directly to our local nonprofit partners. A small portion of your donation covers credit card fees and helps Give2Asia manage grants to ensure that donor funds are used effectively.  

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