India is reeling under the second wave and as you know, all medical supplies are running out. People are dying because there is no oxygen. Lack of oxygen at an early stage unfortunately creates a flywheel effect where the patient gets more serious and thereby puts a further strain on the system. We want to break this cycle by quickly treating patients with oxygen and helping them recover.
What we are trying to do:
Covid India Campaign, a pan India disaster support task force, is a group of volunteers comprising of doctors, IITians and entrepreneurs making an impact. We have a plasma helpline that has fielded 100’s of calls and we understand in our conversations with public health officials that oxygen is the need of the hour. We are working closely with BBMP, Victoria and Bowring hospitals and their brave frontline workers to help with oxygen supplies, PPE and other medical equipment. Our team of doctors is preparing a list and we are working towards having this available on this page.
India needs your help. It needs it now. The demand is huge and it requires a lot of infrastructure. Please make your contribution count. One oxygen concentrator costs at least 30000 INR ( now going rates are closer to 50000 INR) . While you mostly have the luxury of working from home, spare a thought for those people who are working day and night with scarce resources. Nurses and frontline workers can hardly catch a break and they too need to come back to their family and children.
Whatever you are thinking of contributing, double it :).
Who we are:
Covid India Campaign, www.CovidIndiaCampaign.org, is a pan India disaster support task force started under the aegis of ICATT Foundation (www.icatt.in), a registered NGO, with hundreds of volunteers across several domains including intensive care specialists, frontline doctors, hospital owners, NGOs, social workers, corporate leaders and even alumni of the IITs and IIMs, many of them from Bangalore itself.We also have many enthusiastic and energetic volunteers on the ground thanks to our partners at Aviratha Bharatha.
What we have done so far:
As a part of the Help India Breathe initiative, we have helped setup the first Oxygenated beds at Vijaynagar in Bengaluru within 7 days of conceptualisation.
Our organization along with our affiliate partners below and dozens of volunteers have already matched hundreds of patients with donors pan India since the pandemic began. In fact we also set up the first plasma donation banks in Karnataka in conjunction with the Government of Karnataka (inaugurated by the Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister of Karnataka) and HCG Hospital, the only ICMR approved organization in Bangalore to be allowed to conduct plasma trials at that time. This launch was also covered by multiple news outlets and large newspapers including an article in the Economic Times. We had also enabled donations of essential medical supplies like N95 masks, PPE kits, worth INR 4 Crores+ via our partner NGOs like Give India, Ekam Foundation and large corporate CSRs including Flipkart and Atkins Global through our Save Our Saviours program.