India is experiencing a worse-case pandemic scenario. Over 300,000 people are reporting sick with COVID-19 every day. As the virus spreads, the health system — and the political and administrative will to save lives — has completely collapsed. Hospitals have run out of beds and oxygen. Pharmacies have exhausted their drug supplies. Vaccine manufacturing, upon which India and the entire world relies, has taken a huge hit. In New Delhi, crematoriums have run out of capacity to accommodate the dead and funeral pyres are being built in city parks and empty parking lots.
The scale of the crisis is vast. The collective grief is unfathomable.
Non-governmental, volunteer-led initiatives are doing the work to rescue those gasping for breath and provide as much relief as is possible during this ongoing health emergency. Some groups are procuring and providing oxygen, others are distributing emergency relief medical kits, and ensuring food supplies to individuals and households struggling with illness.
Hesperian encourages you to support this on-the-ground, life-saving work. Please see this list of organizations and initiatives able to accept international donations. Thank you for your health solidarity.
This list of national and local organizations supporting COVID-relief work across India is being updated based on live, local reporting.