India is experiencing a grave humanitarian crisis. A lethal second wave of coronavirus infections is devastating the country, leaving millions infected and taxing the country’s already overburdened health care system. With the number of Covid-19 cases accelerating at an unprecedented pace, India is currently responsible for more than half of the world’s daily new infections, setting a record-breaking pace of more than 400,000 a day. Officially, more than 20 million cases have been confirmed, over 200,000 people have died, and experts put the actual figures at many times higher. Based on current fatality rates, India could see 10,000 deaths from Covid-19 a day, or seven people dying every minute.
To aid relief efforts, we have launched OneMoreBreath. Our goal with OneMoreBreath is to provide 1,400 beds, with requisite oxygen support, in the areas of India that have been hit hardest. We are working with existing local hospitals to provide a rapid, cost-effective solution by leveraging their staff of medical professionals and transforming unused hospital spaces into fully functional care centers.
The focus will be to provide beds to patients with “moderate” Covid symptoms who require oxygen support. Timely treatment of such patients reduces the probability that their conditions will worsen and require intensive care. Each bed, at a cost of about $1,500 a bed, has the potential to save 20 or more lives. All together, with 1,400 beds, we can save over 28,000 lives.
INTEGRATED APPROACH CREATING MORE IMPACT:
Equipment selection, procurement, installation and monitoring all done by us ensuring that the equipment is actually utilized and saves lives.
MAXIMIZE IMPACT PER DOLLAR RAISED:
Leverage existing hospitals (reduce time and capital costs by not adding new buildings) and focus on "moderate" COVID cases to maximize impact per dollar raised.
Healthcare in India is Neeraj's core expertise. His experience, skills and network drove the vision behind OneMoreBreath. Ashu is a business leader with expertise in scaling complex business. Together, they are applying a results oriented approach to planning, sourcing and execution. The founding team seeded the project with $100K.
ON THE GROUND NETWORK:
We are tapping into a pre-existing, proven and successful on-the-ground network through our partner Round Table India. This will help us solve the last mile problem and ensure ongoing monitoring. Further, Round Table India is also comitting to cover the ongoing costs associated with OneMoreBreath.