India Covid-19 Emergency Appeal

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What is happening in India?

More than 200,000 people have lost their lives to the virus, while at least 300,000 new infections have been reported every day in the past week. Hospitals have reached a breaking point and are turning patients, desperate for oxygen, away. The country is now reporting more than two-fifths of the world’s Covid-19 cases.

Urgent priorities

The Government is looking for ways to increase oxygen capacities and medical infrastructure and expand critical care units. As the number of cases increases, it is important to:

  • appropriately prepare the health systems.
  • use the existing resources properly.
  • support the expansion and equipping of medical facilities to treat a greater number of patients.

Our Emergency Response

Covid-19 Care Centres

With 2,084 dedicated hospitals in the country and 468,974 Covid-19 beds, in full capacity, it is devastating that people are dying on the streets outside hospitals, as the country struggles to cope.

In partnership with local government providers, Habitat for Humanity India are working to deliver ‘Covid-19 Care Centres’ to equip underused healthcare or government buildings and create a surge capacity of:

  • oxygen systems
  • drinking water
  • hygiene facilities
  • beds and mattresses, hygiene products
  • sufficient PPE for healthcare workers

Habitat Covid-19 Care Centres will boost existing medical infrastructure and support vulnerable individuals with safe spaces to isolate or quarantine, keeping families safe and preventing transmission.

The centres are designed as facilities for treating all mild and moderate symptomatic and positive cases, preventing an overloading of existing fragile healthcare infrastructure especially at an intensive care level.

Funding Priorities

Habitat for Humanity India have worked with the local government partners in some of the worst-hit states to identify the next ten priority healthcare centres needed. Each Centre costs $51,500 depending on size and location, and hosts between 60 and 100 beds (at a 6-foot distance to allow for appropriate distancing and hygiene control measures). At the moment we are focusing our efforts to build new Covid-19 Care Centres in Maharashtra (Pune and Ahmednagar), Uttar Pradesh (Ayodhya and Noida) and Rajasthan (Alwar).

Our Response

Our response to this crisis will require a global community of support. Despite the difficulty reaching those in need, to date your support has provided:

  • Distributing essential humanitarian assistance in a way that avoids spreading the disease, such as hygiene kits to 5,000 families in India,
    and 800 more in the Philippines.
  • Inadequate shelter can increase respiratory diseases which aggravate the impact of the virus, such as temporary shelters for 600 medical
    staff in Indonesia.
  • Decongesting and reducing human density in settlements to maintain social distancing and reduce transmission
  • Expanding the shelters of vulnerable households to reduce overcrowding and mitigate the spread of the virus
  • Supporting the most vulnerable by providing groceries and hygiene supplies to 4,000 families living in public housing, and 3 elderly centres
    in Hong Kong, and also 37 families who have lost their livelihoods in Nepal.

Our Impact

So far, Habitat have developed 16 Covid-19 Care Centres in 8 cities, with the capacity to serve approx. 1,975 people. More than 4,000 people have already been served. 

Where appropriate, increased capacity will remain in place after the pandemic abates, strengthening the healthcare system for India’s future. 

To support with additional staffing capacity, our local government partners are recruiting surge staff on a contract basis, and requisitioning practical support from medical residents and final year medical students. 

Habitat for Humanity also continues to work with local communities across India, to deliver long-term housing and community infrastructure projects, and support local Covid-19 responses through the delivery of emergency hygiene and family food kits. 

How You Can Help

$18 could buy a PPE Kit
For a $18 donation, you could buy Personal Protective Equipment for the Centre’s Carers. Each kit includes a protective gown, a pair of gloves, a shoe cover, goggles, a garbage bag, a face mask, a 3Ply mask, a surgical cap, and a face shield.

$66 could buy an Oximeter and a Thermometer
For a $66 donation, you could buy an Oximeter and a Digital Thermometer to measure Covid-19 patients’ blood oxygen levels and temperature.

$245 could buy a Bed
For a $245 donation, you could equip the Covid-19 Care Centre with one single bed with a mattress and pillow to treat a Covid-19 patient and reduce pressure on India’s struggling healthcare system.

$1,870 could buy an Oxygen Concentrator
For a $1870 donation, you could help us buy an Oxygen Concentrator to treat a Covid-19 patient and reduce pressure on India’s struggling healthcare system

India needs your support, please Donate today.

In the unlikely event that funds raised exceed the need they will be redirected to where the need is greatest.