INDIA COVID-19 Crisis

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN INDIA?

India is in the grip of a second deadly Covid-19 wave. People are desperate for medical care and are struggling to pay for oxygen and medication. 

The poorest migrant workers and others who are unable to work, travel, or afford food and health care are suffering the most.

A man stands next to a notice outside a hospital, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Delhi, India, April 22, 2021. Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

A man stands next to a notice outside a hospital, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Delhi, India, April 22, 2021. Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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More than
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More than
Deaths and everyday increasing

The grounds are prepared for mass cremation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victims in New Delhi, India, April 28, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

The grounds are prepared for mass cremation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victims in New Delhi, India, April 28, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

The grounds are prepared for mass cremation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victims in New Delhi, India, April 28, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

The grounds are prepared for mass cremation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victims in New Delhi, India, April 28, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

The poorest will once again bear the brunt. Living in crammed areas without sanitation and using shared toilets and water points, they have no means to follow Covid-19 guidelines.

You can help people in India survive Covid-19.

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Photo: OXFAM INDIA

Photo: OXFAM INDIA

Photo: OXFAM INDIA

Photo: OXFAM INDIA

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A worker disinfects nozzles of oxygen cylinders as they are refilled in a factory, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 25, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Amit Dave

A worker disinfects nozzles of oxygen cylinders as they are refilled in a factory, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 25, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Amit Dave

how oxfam is responding

We are working with the government to distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline health workers. Together with our supporters we are working to help are also helping to fund oxygen cylinders and other equipment for hospitals and health centres.

We are providing food, hygiene kits and handwashing facilities to the poorest and most vulnerable communities. We are also making direct cash transfers to the most vulnerable households so they can buy what they need.

We are engaging with governments and pharmaceutical companies to remove the barriers to increasing vaccine production and ensure access for everyone.

Teams have already started providing face masks, hand sanitiser and other protective equipment in parts of Maharashtra following a request from state health authorities.

Distribution of PPE to 500 frontline health workers will begin in Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the coming days. 

“Our immediate priority is to supply hospitals and health workers with medical equipment and PPE so they can continue treating those who are sick. But to avoid a worse humanitarian disaster it is vital we stop the spread and so we are also preparing handwashing stations and awareness campaigns to help people stay safe."

-Amitabh Behar, CEO of Oxfam India 

Oxfam India urgently needs to buy more oxygen tanks, beds, digital thermometers, and other medical equipment to help government hospitals where supplies are desperately low. Your support is needed to help provide food rations and cash support to stranded migrant workers and other marginalised groups, and handwashing stations in public spaces.

INDIA COVID-19 Crisis

India is in the grip of a second deadly Covid-19 wave.
People are desperate for medical care and are struggling to pay for oxygen and medication.

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