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The latest horror of the pandemic is that large numbers of people around the world are dying for lack of access to medical oxygen, especially in India. Each day, tens of thousands of people are admitted to hospitals with Covid-19, driving the demand for the oxygen far beyond the supply.
Shortages of oxygen and hospital beds, along with low vaccination rates, have added to the surge in illness and deaths in India. To help, organizations on the ground need to purchase oxygen tanks and concentrators from global partners. Time and money are of the essence.
Official estimates of the nationwide infection toll — well above 300,000 a day — are probably undercounted, epidemiologists say. The reported figure will mostly likely rise to 500,000 cases a day by August, they say, leaving as many as one million of India’s 1.4 billion people dead from Covid-19.
Below are several organizations that are on the ground supporting vulnerable communities in India (Source: New York Times.
Indian Red Cross has staff and volunteers running blood drives, delivering aid and medical supplies, along with providing other essential services across the country.
Donate to PATH: a global health nonprofit based in Seattle, says it has a team of more than 200 people working in India to procure oxygen supplies and accelerate Covid-19 testing and surveillance.
OxygenForIndia delivers medical oxygen for free to patients in seven Indian cities. The group was founded by Ramanan Laxminarayan, an economist and epidemiologist
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