I’ve talked with some trusted colleagues and here are tangible ways to help. I’ve divided the list into ways to give, helpful information to send friends/family in India (including translated tip sheets), and other.
👉 1. Oxygen concentrators directly to Dehli: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-arrange-oxygen-concentrators-in-delhi
👉 2. Oxygen concentrators directly to remote areas in India: https://www.impactguru.com/fundraiser/oxygen
👉 3. CARE (one of the leading global organizations) has a donation site for the CARE’s Emergency Surge Fund to distribute PPE and hygiene kits to families: https://my.care.org/site/Donation2?df_id=28547&mfc_pref=T&28547.donation=form1&_ga=2.164272959.1091806082.1619283620-612795549.1619180190&fbclid=IwAR01MVrA3KZiS284_PBJGogc7ioUdb7nUIdbAuxCfXoxPhgSc5pu3nIji04
4. Other immediate ways to give are located here in a living document that is updated as needs arise: https://www.indiacovidsos.org/funding-philanthropy
👉 1. https://www.indiacovidsos.org/ The BEST info out there is from IndiaCOVIDSOS. If you have family and/or friends in India, you should send them this site. This is a grass-roots group to help disseminate tips for managing COVID-19 at home (since there’s a severe lack of beds and oxygen) – including home treatments that do and do NOT work. This info sheet (the picture on the post) is translated into: -English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil
-Other translations are being added daily to this site – https://www.indiacovidsos.org/home-care
👉 2. The White House is sending testing kits, ventilators, oxygen, therapeutics, $$$, raw materials. It’s a good start. They are also working on how to get already-made vaccines (Aztra Zeneca, etc) to India. I heard Dr. Fauci say that the distribution pipeline and logistics are being worked on. I expect to hear more about that this week.
👉 1. You can sign the declaration for global vaccine equity through the WHO’s campaign. Advocate for vaccine equity here: Vaccine Equity (who.int)
👉 2. Change the rhetoric on vaccine nationalism. Promote global solidarity to your friends and neighbors. The first step is education for ourselves on global matters. This week is Global Immunization Week and we are going to spend a lot of time talking about that – including tangible ways we can help.
👉 3. Continue masking, distancing, getting your vaccine when you can. We cannot declare the pandemic is over and back-to-normal until the rest of the world can say it too. I recognize we are all weary at this point. We all are, friends, and I get that. 𝐁𝐮𝐭, 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐩𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐚 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 – 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐨𝐦 𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐩𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 (𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐒). 𝐈’𝐦 𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐮𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝. 𝐖𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐚 𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐞. 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚, 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐮, 𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝐓𝐚𝐧𝐳𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐚, 𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫-𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐀𝐭𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐚, 𝐫𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥-𝐓𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐬, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬. 𝐔𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫.