Covid-19 is ravaging India: how you can help now

Ella Alexander
·3-min read
Photo credit: Anindito Mukherjee
Photo credit: Anindito Mukherjee

Disclaimer: Some viewers may find the following images disturbing

You may have already seen the devastating images from India that speak of the catastrophic death toll of Covid-19 - of makeshift funeral pyres built on spare patches of land and car parks after Delhi crematoriums and graveyards became overloaded with bodies. Outside these crematoriums, relatives of the dead sit next to their late loved ones, who lay covered in sheets, as they wait to be cremated. Some were asked to speed up the process by piling the wood themselves.

India has a Covid death toll of 20o,000, but the real number is thought to be much higher. Mortality data in India is poor with many deaths in rural areas going unregistered. The situation in the country's hospitals are beyond breaking point - vital equipment is desperately low and wards and corridors overflow with patients. Many wait outside on the streets in the hope they will be admitted. It is projected that one million people in India could die from Covid-19 by August. The situation is grave.

Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty

India needs our help, here are a few ways to do so:

  • Oxfam is working with the government to distribute PPE to frontline workers, as well as helping to fund oxygen cylinders and other equipment for hospitals and health centres. It is also providing food, hygiene kits and handwashing facilities to the poorest and most vulnerable communities.

  • ActionAid is responding to the escalated crisis through a number of ways, including the distribution of safety and sanitation kits, such as protective items for communities; direct cash transfers for immediate food and health needs; and arranging testing and vaccination camps to ensure widespread vaccination coverage.

  • Ketto is a fund-raising platform in Mumbai, which is a hotspot for Covid-19. Its aim is to fund the thousands of oxygen cylinders and concentrators needed to save as many lives as possible.

  • Red Cross is supporting relief efforts by providing oxygen, ambulance services, first aid, and PPE.

  • Save The Children stresses the devastating impact the second wave with have on Indian children, from hunger to mortality. The charity is supporting health clinics, helping to boost vaccinations, and providing PPE for health workers; giving families cash, food and other essentials like soap and hand sanitiser; and helping children to keep learning from home during the crisis, and giving mental health support to those who need it.

  • Milaap offers support to migrant workers and trans people in north Bengal by providing medical kits and basic provisions to see as many people as they can reach through these difficult times.

  • Priyanka Chopra Jones x Give India was set up by Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas to help tackle the crisis. The couple have already made a sizeable donation, and urge others to do the same in order to buy oxygen generation plants, oxygen generators and oxygen cylinders, and to set up Covid vaccination centres and care and isolation centres, fully equipped with quality care services to treat mild and moderate (non-ICU) Covid patients.

  • International Medical Corps is using its emergency response team to provide medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitation and hygiene supplies, and isolation facilities. The organisation is also addressing vaccine misinformation and concerns surrounding vaccine hesitancy.

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