During this crisis, AIF’s strategy centers around equipping hospitals with much needed medical equipment and supplies, providing health care workers with the resources to work in safe conditions they need to save lives, and delivering nutrition kits to those who have suddenly found themselves without a livelihood and with no access to food supplies. With the active involvement and generosity of AIF’s Board Members, we are also working on a way to support the healthcare community that finds itself overwhelmed by the pandemic here in the United States.
A great way to help health workers during the coronavirus outbreak is by ensuring they, and the hospitals they work in, have the supplies they need. In India, AIF has taken the bold decision to deploy resources from its COVID-19 Response Fund in four geographies that are most needy: Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Gujarat. Medical supplies and equipment including ventilator, thermal scanners, PPE, gloves, N-95 Masks, and 3-ply surgical masks with be distributed in Madhya Pradesh. Similarly, around 2076 community health workers including ASHA workers and Anganwadi workers will be protected with hygiene kits in the tribal communities of Paderu ITDA, Andhra Pradesh. Additionally, food supplies will reach 5,300 beneficiaries in Chhattisgarh and 8,000 beneficiaries in Gujarat.
Working closely with state governments in India, medical equipment and supplies are being arranged to reach the hospitals that need them most critically. In Telangana, with the support of Micron Tech, AIF is delivering 100 ventilators, 5000 PPE kits, and 175 thermal scanners to government hospitals, and around 13,325 health workers will be given prevention kits. In Maharashtra, around 767 PPE kits will be delivered to the designated hospital for treating Covid positive cases – District Hospital, Aundh, Pune, enabled by support from BMC Software. Under the Amazon Cares Integrated Project, over 9000 beneficiaries received food supplies and hygiene kits across three states: Punjab, Haryana, and Tamil Nadu.
Leveraging our resources, we have been able to support remote and rural communities in Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Odisha, and Gujarat. Community healthcare workers received remote training and masks with the support of Tata Steel in Jharkhand, Gramin Uthan Samiti and MVDA in Uttarakhand. Beverages are being distributed, with the support of Coca Cola South Asia, in Odisha. Additionally, food supplies were rushed to migrant communities in Dang, Gujarat. In the last few weeks, AIF has reached 12 States and 77,447 people in its response efforts.
*Map representation of AIF’s Covid-19 Response efforts as on 21st April 2020
As much as we are doing, there is far more yet to be done. You can save lives in those communities that need your support.