While much of the focus is on the main cities, Covid is also running rampant in the remote, mountainous tribal areas of Northeast India – areas with little or no medical infrastructure or government support.
WE ARE LOOKING TO RAISE £6,000 TO BUY OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS, OXYGEN REGULATORS, PPE AND OTHER ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES FOR TWO HOSPITALS IN EASTERN ARUNACHAL PRADESH
The Dibang Valley, in eastern Arunachal Pradesh, is home to the Idu Mishmi people, one of the last animist tribes remaining in the mountains of Northeast India. The entire Idu Mishmi population is less than 14,000, and only a handful of their igu, or shamans, remain. Covid cases are rising fast in the area, with 30-50 new cases a day. Without rapid medical help and supplies, the impact of Covid on the local people could be disastrous.
We are looking to raise a minimum of £5,000 (just over 500,000 INR) to buy essential medical supplies for the hospitals in Roing and Anini, the main towns in the Dibang Valley. The hospitals currently don't have any ICU beds and are facing shortages of oxygen, basic supplies and medical staff as cases continue to rise.
HOW WILL THE MONEY BE SPENT?
In close co-operation with the doctors at Roing hospital, we have already ordered supplies from Mittal Pharmacy, a major medical supplier in Tinsukia, Assam. These supplies include: 2 oxygen concentrators (75,000 INR / £750 each) 5 oxygen cylinder keys, 15 oxygen regulators, pulse oximeters, Dexamethasone and PPE.
The money raised will be transferred straight from Milaap to the Mittal Pharmacy, who will then deliver the supplies to the state border with Arunachal Pradesh, where they will be met by an ambulance and doctors from Roing hospital. By doing it this way, the money is being spent directly, with no middle men or risk of miss-spending of funds.
We will update all our supporters on how the money is being spent, and are hugely grateful for any support.
WHO IS ORGANISING THIS CROWDFUNDER?
This crowdfunder is being organised by Friends of the Dibang Valley, a small group of UK and Indian journalists and anthropologists who have been working in the Dibang Valley for the last decade. We are also working in very close co-operation with a team of Idu Mishmi people in Roing and Anini.
Frequently Asked Questions, addressed by Team Milaap
1) Are there any fees associated with the campaign?
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2) Why are the exchange rates lower than real-time values?
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The exchange rate they receive in Rupees is based on that date of receipt of funds through their bank. For example, current (27-04-2021) notional FX rate on site is 52 INR / SGD whereas the equivalent FX rate at the time of transfer (on 27-04-2021) to recipient is around ~ 55 INR / SGD