DISASTERS EMERGENCY COMMITTEE

India Coronavirus Crisis

Coronavirus infections are spiralling out of control in India. The country’s health system is unable to cope. DEC charities are responding to the crisis by providing medical supplies, treatment facilities and logistics support to overwhelmed health services. With your help, we can do more to help the most vulnerable communities as they face a life-or-death situation.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1062638)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£260,000

Amount raised

£287,715

Time left

20 days

Donations

1,954

    Category

  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief
  • OtherOther

    Helping

  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind

Location

India

  • This devastating second wave of Covid-19 infections is leaving India’s army of informal and migrant workers more vulnerable than ever. We have people who are working around the clock to bury the dead and women working in people’s homes to care for the sick and dying, all with little protection or support. Covid vaccines must be made available for everyone, free of charge. We also need to support our workers and communities with protective equipment, testing and public health information to help prevent the spread of the virus and protect the most marginalised.

    — Sandeep Chachra, Executive Director, ActionAid Association India

  • People are literally dying on the streets or in car parks or in their homes. There is no one in India who doesn’t know of friends or family or colleagues who have not had Covid. We are a country that is united in fearful expectation. This is a situation so bad; in my memory, it is almost beyond my conception. We are living inside a humanitarian disaster now that is everywhere, in our cities and in our villages. India needs the world’s help now.

    — Amitabh Behar, Chief Executive, Oxfam India

  • The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India has created an unprecedented public health crisis. Our health system is being overwhelmed by an unending stream of COVID-19 patients seeking medical assistance and supplemental oxygen. We must all come together and act now to alleviate the suffering of large numbers of people affected by COVID-19. During the pandemic, girls and children are some of the worst affected. They are at risk not only from the health emergency due to the virus but also from its other impacts on children’s education, risk of early marriages, domestic violence, child labour and loss of livelihoods.

    — Mohammed Asif, Executive Director, Plan International

Situation

Help India’s most vulnerable communities as they face a devastating coronavirus surge. With hospitals overrun and oxygen supplies falling short of demand, thousands of people are not able to receive potentially life-saving treatment. Several cities have imposed lockdowns and curfews, which have a knock-on effect on people’s livelihoods, with the poorest and most marginalised communities being hit hardest.

Solution

DEC-funded aid delivery will include medical supplies, treatment facilities and logistics assistance to support India’s health system, as well as helping vulnerable families protect themselves from the virus with water, soap, handwashing stations and information.