We are a group of IIT and University of Chicago Booth School of Business alumni, in partnership with physicians in the USA, coming together to save lives in rural Indian communities. These locations do not have good healthcare infrastructure so we are donating Oxygen Concentrators to public hospitals.**501c3 tax benefits available
Our ask and how you can make an impact:Our overall goal is to raise $1M USD to procure and deploy oxygen concentrators, cylinders and ventilators to public hospitals and healthcare centers in rural Indian districts. We already have identified more than 10 rural districts (details below) that need help and continuously monitoring other areas.
Covid cases in India and why is the situation so bad?India is currently in a state of medical emergency. Daily new cases: 400,000+, daily new deaths nearing 4,000. It is possible that the non-reported cases account for much higher than these figures. The situation is getting worse by the day. A new variant detected a few days ago in the southern part of India is said to be 15 times more contagious. The surge in infections has coincided with a dramatic drop in vaccinations because of supply and delivery problems, despite India being a major vaccine producer.
India has only 0.53 hospital beds per 1,000 population. This is very less compared to USA (2.9). Additionally, rural India accounts for 70% of the total population but less than 30% of total hospital beds.
Our Mission and goalsWe have all read news or heard about aid being sent to India in the form of oxygen concentrators, PPE kits, vaccines etc. But most of this aid is going to metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru etc. Rural India is not getting as much aid but has poor healthcare facilities and the covid case load has been increasing in these areas too. Most covid deaths are happening because of lack of timely availability of oxygen supply as people are unable to get a bed in completely full hospitals.
We have partnered directly with the district administrators and doctors, whom we know personally, to make sure the oxygen concentrators would be put to the best use. These are the people who are actually on the ground allocating resources and catering to the needs of people in their districts.
**501c3 tax benefit details:For DAFs, Family Foundations and HNIs in the US
Donations above $3,000 towards this initiative can be made through Milaap’s 501c3 partner in the US and will receive tax-exemption for US tax-residents.
Bank name: Evolve Bank & Trust
ABA Routing Number: 084106768
Bank Address: 6070 Poplar Ave, Suite 200 Memphis, TN 38119
Beneficiary Name: ASSET India Foundation
Account Number: 9800962772
Type of Account: Checking
Beneficiary Address: 2155 Kettner Boulevard, 521 San Diego, CA 92101
Please send an email to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with the transfer details to receive acknowledgment. The acknowledgment will be issued within 3 working days.
Our target locations:Our locations are chosen based on ground reality of covid situation, not on officially reported figures which could be skewed. The locations are picked based on
- Current and projected need of the oxygen concentrators
- Direct partnership opportunities
Jhabua is a predominantly Adivasi district, and suffers from high rates of illiteracy and poverty. Almost half of the population lives below the poverty line. The Bhil and Bhilala peoples inhabit the interior of the district. We have partnered with local NGO Sara seva sansthan samiti and the local administrator (IAS officer) to ensure the devices will be used well.
- Nizambad, Telangana
- Jogulamba, Telangana
- Mulugu, Telangana
- Vaishali, Bihar
- Nalbari, Assam
- Umaria, MP
- Alirajpur, MP
- Karimnagar, Telngana
Our TeamGowri Pujitha Appana (IIT Delhi and Chicago Booth)
Jyothika Mamadgi (MD Hematology Oncology)
Sunil Kumar Singh (IIT Guwahati)
Tom Mannachery (Chicago Booth)
Kapil Nath Veeravalli (MBBS, MD Family Medicine)
IAS officers in India (IIT alumni, staying anonymous)