A severe second wave of coronavirus infections has swept over India, setting global records for new infections each day over the past seven days. Globally, nearly 1 in every 3 cases of COVID-19 recorded daily is now in India. In April, India’s outbreak has seen record numbers of cases overwhelming hospitals and oxygen supplies. More than 3,500 deaths a day are now being reported with the most recent record day reaching 4,000. New infections of COVID-19 in India have surpassed 400,000 on peak days. The staggering second wave came on quickly and has also brought offers of support from other countries, including the U.S., to increase the vaccine supply.
Americares India, which has supported over 100 health care facilities in 14 states throughout the pandemic, is responding to the latest surge of COVID-19 infections by:
Providing health facilities with life-saving equipment – Americares is helping health facilities manage the increased case load of COVID-19 patients and save lives by supporting their clinical capacity to treat patients. We are providing facilities with essential equipment and supplies, including ventilators, oxygen concentrators, pulse oximeters, thermometers and other critical items. To date, Americares has provided 4,600 pieces of medical equipment to health facilities throughout India treating COVID patients. Americares is donating more than 600 oxygen concentrators to public hospitals across multiple states.
Protecting Health Workers – Americares is providing essential PPE and infection-prevention supplies for frontline health workers – delivering over 6.6 million supplies to date, including gloves, masks and face shields, and now providing 1 million protective supplies, including N95 masks, 3-ply masks and sanitizers, to dedicated COVID-19 hospitals in Mumbai and Delhi.
Providing telehealth consultations and medicine delivery, including prescription refills, for mobile health center patients in Mumbai, Chhattisgarh and Bihar to ensure continuity of care. In-person consultations continue in Tamil Nadu. Each telehealth session includes education in COVID-19 prevention and the importance of vaccination.
Community Education – Americares has reached more than 50,000 community members—largely families living in poverty and parents of school children—with education on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Also COVID education, including safety practices and vaccine information, for more than 5,000 children and families in the School Health Program.
Learn more about Americares response to the Global Pandemic.