India has been depleted of resources to combat the pandemic and now has the highest daily coronavirus count on the globe after a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The South Asian country has recorded nearly 380,000 new daily cases as of April 29, according to Quartz. The cause of the recent surge is a variant of COVID-19 called B.1.1.7, the New York Times reported.
As of this writing, there have been 222,408 deaths in India, according to data from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center.
President Joe Biden announced on April 25 that the U.S. will be sending funding for vaccine manufacturers, medical equipment and supplies to produce vaccines.
Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need. https://t.co/SzWRj0eP3y
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 25, 2021
India’s healthcare system has struggled to keep up with the demands for resources. Here are some organizations and fundraisers that are accepting donations from anyone who wants to help out.
This well-known crowdfunding platform has a general fundraising page to donate to, as well as verified specific fundraisers for individuals, oxygen shortages and community relief.
Founded by South Asian volunteers based in the U.S., this group is seeking medical professionals to remotely volunteer and assist with tasks such as “connecting with homebound patients in India, assisting doctors working in quarantine centers and makeshift hospitals” and more.
This fundraiser, published on the Indian crowdfunding site Ketto, is asking for donations to buy certified oxygen concentrators from outside of India. As of May 2, 3,900 oxygen concentrators have been ordered.
This United Nations agency is both providing and installing oxygen generation plants in hospitals, supplying testing machines and supporting communities and essential workers.
This voluntary humanitarian organization is receiving and distributing oxygen concentrators, ventilators, bedside monitors and other medical supplies.
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