How to Help India During the COVID-19 Crisis

Starr Savoy
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Photo credit: TAUSEEF MUSTAFA - Getty Images
Photo credit: TAUSEEF MUSTAFA - Getty Images


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This April, officials in India have reported a record number of COVID-19 infections and deaths, illustrating an untenable crisis for the country and its people. According to the New York Times, the nationwide infection toll has reached nearly 400,000 new cases per day, and just this Wednesday, a staggering 3,293 people died.

While the U.S. has begun its recovery, in India the pandemic is the worst it's ever been, and conditions are expected to decline before improving. By August, the Times reports that the number of new infections will most likely rise to 500,000 new cases per day, which could leave one million people in India dead from the coronavirus.

Hospitals are overcrowded, supplies are dwindling, and citizens are desperate for vaccines. Below are a few ways you can contribute to people in need.

How to help India amid the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Care India, a nonprofit focused on "alleviating poverty and social injustice" in India, is taking donations to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.

  • Association for India's Development is a U.S.-based charity that partners with non-profits in India. The organization is accepting donations to help distribute food and PPE nationwide.

  • UNICEF supports India's healthcare frontline workers by providing supplies like personal care products and PPE equipment.

  • International Medical Corps is "working with partners on the ground to determine critical needs" and currently accepting donations to provide medical care and supplies.

  • Fast Company recently reported on Help India Breathe, a group that's working to mobilize emergency supplies, including breathing machines, to India.

  • Youth Feed India x Helping Hands is delivering ration kits to residents affected in Mumbai, a coronavirus hotspot. Each kit includes enough rice and dal to feed a family of four for up to 15 days.

  • Ketto is a fundraising platform in Mumbai accepting donations to purchase 3,000 oxygen concentrators. You can follow updates on their mission on Twitter.

  • Donate to personal GoFundMe pages to support families in need.

  • For a guide to mutual aid fundraisers in India, please click here.

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