In 2020, AIF quickly pivoted to address the critical situation in India and the United States. In India, AIF leveraged its programs’ infrastructure on health, education, and livelihoods via its wide network to address the needs of the nation with ventilators, PPE, and other interventions in order to save the lives of vulnerable Indians from COVID-19. Read the report here.

In 2021, India recorded the world’s highest daily tally of 314,835 COVID-19 infections on April 22nd, as this second wave sent many more into a fragile health care system, critically short of hospital beds and oxygen. Working with our partners, hospitals, and governments, AIF has launched a three-pronged Phase 2 Emergency Response Strategy to address this crisis. Here is an overview.

The American India Foundation is committed to improving the lives of India’s underprivileged, with a special focus on women, children, and youth. AIF does this through high impact interventions in education, health, and livelihoods, because poverty is multidimensional. AIF’s unique value proposition is its broad engagement between communities, civil society, and expertise, thereby building a lasting bridge between the United States and India. With offices in New York and California, twelve chapters across the U.S., and India operations headquartered in Delhi NCR, AIF has impacted 6.7 million lives across 26 states of India.

American India Foundation to send portable beds to combat covid crisis in India

The American India Foundation (AIF), a leading non-governmental organization in the United States, in its phase 2 of COVID-19 response to India is sending portable hospital beds wherever they are needed the most.

The surge in COVID-19 cases has resulted in an acute shortage of health infrastructure in India, noted AIF. The government, through the office of the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA), is leading the effort to identify cities and hospitals where additional portable beds need to be deployed, it added in a press release..

The AIF sees portable beds that can be added to existing health facilities as a short and medium-term solution to meet shortages in beds for COVID-19 patients.

In this phase, AIF said it is conducting site surveys across India, to scope out locations for several 50 to 100 portable bed clusters that will be deployed and constructed in the next month.

The organization surveyed six sites across five states, inching closer towards their goal of constructing 2,500 such units.

Donations for the cause can be made https://aif.org/donate/covid-19-response/.

 


This article was first published in News India, April 2021. It can be accessed here.

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