Help India’s most vulnerable communities as they face a devastating coronavirus surge.

Coronavirus infections are spiralling out of control in India. The country’s health system is unable to cope. Along with other member charities of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), we’re responding to the crisis by providing medical supplies, treatment facilities and logistic support to overwhelmed health services.

With your help, we can do more to help the most vulnerable communities as they face a life-or death situation.

The most urgent needs in India right now are:

  • supporting India’s health system with PPE, isolation centres and medical care facilities
  • giving vulnerable families the means to protect themselves with water, soap, handwashing stations and information
  • ensuring the Covid-19 crisis doesn’t mean people go hungry and children become malnourished

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The crisis in India

  • 275M

    21.2% of India's population of 1.3 billion people live in poverty.

  • 33.5M

    India has officially recorded 33.5 million Covid-19 infections and 445,385 deaths as of 21 September 2021.

  • 26,115

    India has recorded 26,115 new coronavirus cases and 252 further deaths in the past 24 hours.

In India, a second wave of coronavirus is having a devastating impact. With hospitals overrun and oxygen supplies falling short of demand, thousands of people aren’t able to receive potentially life-saving treatment.

Several cities have imposed lockdowns and curfews, which have had a knock-on effect on people’s livelihoods with the poorest and most marginalised communities being hit hardest.

How DEC member charities are responding

DEC charities are supporting India’s health system by:

  • providing PPE, disinfection kits, medical supplies and ambulances
  • setting up isolation facilities, including provision of beds and latrines
  • setting up temporary coronavirus hospitals and Covid-19 care centres
  • providing logistical support to quarantine or isolation centres
  • providing ventilators and oxygen concentrators to the Indian government
  • running helplines to tackle misinformation by providing up-to-date information on the availability of hospital beds, oxygen cylinders and Covid vaccines

We’re also scaling up preventive measures to slow the spread of Covid-19 in the most vulnerable communities, including:

  • setting up handwashing stations and distributing soap, sanitiser and masks
  • distributing hygiene kits (consisting of washable masks, sanitiser, gloves, face shields, soap)
  • supporting vaccination drives and public health messaging on the importance of good hygiene
  • disinfecting public places
  • training community health volunteers in how to promote quarantine centres and screen people

Please note: Your donation will go towards our Covid-19 emergency response programmes in India. Any funds raised over and above the needs of these programmes will go to our emergency response fund and used where help is needed most.

Action Against Hunger's team distribute PPE in India.

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