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.

Sozosei Foundation Awards $100,000 to American India Foundation (AIF) COVID-19 Response Fund

Grant will support key responses to India’s ongoing COVID-19 crisis

PRINCETON, N.J.– The Sozosei Foundation, a charitable foundation funded by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., awarded $100,000 to the American India Foundation (AIF) COVID-19 Response Fund. This grant is drawn from Sozosei’s Disaster Relief and Recovery Philanthropy Program in response to India’s state of emergency, as the country records the highest number of cases and virus-related deaths globally.

“We’re proud to partner with AIF to address the country’s urgent needs for interventions that will help treat and prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as provide much-needed relief to its health infrastructure.”

“The ongoing wave of COVID-19 infections in India has brought the country’s healthcare system to its breaking point,” said Melissa Beck, Executive Director of the Sozosei Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with AIF to address the country’s urgent needs for interventions that will help treat and prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as provide much-needed relief to its health infrastructure.”

“We thank the Sozosei Foundation and the global community for rallying to help India push back against the pandemic. Paucity of medical equipment and supplies at various parts of the country is exacerbating the crisis. AIF’s experience of working within these systems over the past 20 years, and our expansive network across multiple states allows us to quickly direct critical equipment to where it is needed the most” said, Mathew Joseph, Country Director, AIF.

The grant provided by the Sozosei Foundation will support AIF’s three-pronged Emergency Response Strategy, working with local governments, hospitals and stakeholders to deliver resources to widely impacted communities from cities to rural villages:

  • Health facility interventions, including oxygen concentrators, ventilators, portable hospitals and cold-storage equipment for the procurement of vaccines
  • Health work interventions, including community screening and home-based management as well as personal protective gear
  • Community-centered interventions, including disease education initiatives and support for the nutritional needs of vulnerable communities

Sozosei’s Disaster Relief and Recovery Program, through a lens of racial equity, responds to urgent needs around the globe by allocating funds to organizations aiding in not only recovery activities, but in building long-term resilience in affected communities. Priority is given to regions where Otsuka has a geographic presence, with a current focus on COVID-19 response. The Foundation does not accept applications for its disaster philanthropy grantmaking.


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