The Covid deaths in India has been heartwrenching. The lack of oxygen supplies, a medical system that is struggling to cope, the spread to the hinterlands where sometimes, even the basic health care facilities are lacking... requires the citizens to do their bit.
With the lack of oxygen cylinders and the problems with the refilling of oxygen that requires a person to stand for 12-14 hours in a queue, the objective is to buy oxygen concentrators of good brands (non Chinese) with good after sales service. The intention is to provide these after verificaiton to families who are not being able to find a hospital bed but have been prescribed by doctors to be on oxygen support.The service will be provided free of cost to the needy after verifying address details.
Two concentrators have been ordered and delivery is awaited from self funding. A cylinder has been gifted which is being circulated in Delhi to the needy. Placing the orders and getting the supply has taken time. Although the rates differ depend on the brand, the air freight charges, and the capacity... a 5 ltr oxygen concentrator of the top 4 brands cost between INR 70000-80000 and now more.
Meanwhile pockets have been identified that needs covid relief camps to be run due to no medical facilities. While the funds collected here is not enough for concentrators due to the high price and due to unavailabilty of supplies, it will be used to procure the medical supplies for the village and have a doctor in place if possible or do tele consulting for mild to moderate cases. These will be organised with the help of the local authorities. Efforts are on to procure oxygen supplies but it has been a very daunting task.
With our limited funds, we are trying to pilot this in one village in UP and do our mid course corrections before we extend ourselves.
To save one life at a time is the mission of this project.
We are two like minded people who have worked together who are teaming up to take this forward:
Dr. Veenapani Shivkumar is a Life and Leadership Coach and the founder of The Shakkar Paara Project that aims to help vulnerable communities live a life of self relaiance and dignity.
Shara Asraf is an editor with Hindustan Times, Lifestyle
At all places that we are reaching out, we have a team of volunteers and the local authorities to support us to support this vision.
In these trying times, we look forward to your continued trust and support. It is imperative to add here that not one ruppee is spent on administrate costs since we are not an organisation and this is not our profession. Each and every penny collected is disbursed to the beneficiaries.