Global Development Group (GDG) partners in India are currently mobilizing and adjusting their programs in response to COVID-19. Many partners are initiating COVID-19 emergency relief projects in this time of enormous need in India. Below are our current COVID-19 India Appeals. This page will be updated as more partners in India are able to deliver relief projects.
J1116NR Oxygen for All
India is currently in a state of medical emergency. New cases have crossed 400,000+ per day and both the front line health workers and the healthcare infrastructure are overwhelmed by the large number of positive cases.
A lot of the casualties are happening because the last mile logistics of getting liquid oxygen into a breathable format so it can be used by Patient Care Centres, ICU, Operation Theaters isn’t solved yet completely, even when there is enough and more liquid oxygen in the country (see here, here and here).
What is MOfAs Goal?
Deliver equipment to serve 10,000+ patients to districts/ cities which are beyond the spotlight of the mainstream media.
How is MOfA going to achieve this?
By sourcing medical grade oxygen concentrators and other oxygen equipment from across the world, shipping these to India and distributing last mile to identified districts.
Why is this MOfAs focus?
India doesn’t have a shortage of medical grade liquid oxygen (LOX). The problem is last mile logistics of getting breathable oxygen to patients in ICU and Operation Theater.
- The oxygen concentrators we are shipping can be used especially for mild to moderate cases, and take some load off of critical care facilities so these can focus on moderate to severe cases.
- The districts we are shipping to have been personally identified, vetted and outside the media spotlight and in need of supplies.
J925N COVID-19 Chennai Appeal, India
There is an urgent need to help very poor families survive COVID-19.
The Birds Nest India project supports women and families moving from the streets to the slums in the city of Chennai. The project usually assist by providing vocational training for women, contributing to education fees and materials for their children, and start-up home kits for more permanent accommodation (e.g. mats, cooking pots, fan).
But right now the need is more pressing. It is about getting through COVID-19.
The current challenge for 200 of the families previously assisted is that without a permanent address for 6 months or more, they are unable to register with the Government and receive ration cards. Therefore, they are denied access to Government help, including basic food rations, and cannot work under lock-down restrictions
How can we help?
For a donation of $20 per week per family or $80 per month, our partner can provide families in the slums with dry food and basic necessities.
J836N EHA Madhepura Hospital COVID-19 Appeal
Madhepura Hospital located in the Bihar State of India is in an extremely rural location. The Hospital has recently converted it’s Community Training Centre into a treatment unit and an intensive care unit for COVID-19 patients. As daily numbers increase in India the Hospital is continuing to receive patients.
To help limit the spread of the virus in the community, Madhepura Hospital have been raising awareness of the virus and how to reduce the risk of contracting it through socially distanced community sessions. Thousands of families have received key COVID-19 messages, as well several thousand face masks distributed to the community.
J836NR EHA COVID-19 Emergency Relief Appeal
Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) is a network of 19 rural hospitals spread across 8 States of India covering 19 districts. EHA runs Community development, health, Emergency response, disaster mitigation and research projects in 9 States covering 34 districts. The second wave has caused a sudden surge of critically ill patients affected with COVID-19, which requires immediate intense medical care and socio-economic support to the marginalised communities. EHA is looking for institutions, partners and individuals who can provide financial support for any of the following:
- Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits for our hospital staff
- Patient monitors
- Medical Oxygen plant and oxygen storage unit for our hospitals
- Oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators
- Provision of life-saving medicines for patients who cannot afford or are unable to access medicines
- Food for patients and primary carers in Hospital
- Psychosocial care to the patients, their relatives and communities
- Monthly supply of dry-ration and hygiene kits or financial help through a Cash transfer programme to the economically poor in catchment communities
- To strengthen livelihood through skill building and cash transfer
- Information, Education and Communication materials for COVID-appropriate safety communication to the public
J1096N Project Help India COVID-19 Crisis Response
For those living in poverty there is limited access to medical treatment at this time. There is no COVID testing, no vaccines and no oxygen. People who are dying are being turned away from hospitals. This humanitarian crisis is worsening before our eyes. We are asking for your urgent help to;
* Establish pop-up kitchens in all three cities, so we can feed children and their families with daily meals.
* Provide ration packs filled with cooking ingredients (flour, oil, salt, rice, daal and simple vegetables) so that people can cook meals at home for up to a week.
At this time Project Help India is also:
* collaborating with the local police and community leaders to develop a crisis response strategy – immediate and long-term.
* raising COVID safety awareness within the community
* delivering weekly schoolwork to our 380 students at their homes (all schools are closed). Our teachers check in on the children’s needs, their health, safety and emotional wellbeing
* Providing counselling, advice and support to teens and parents
* Advocating for the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalised – the homeless, and the beggars with leprosy and disabilities
* Consistently promoting a message of comfort and reassurance.