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.

THINKING AHEAD: American India Foundation to set up Oxygen Plants across 25 cities in India

NEW DELHI, May 13, 2021: American Indian Foundation (AIF), on Thursday confirmed, that in collaboration with Paytm, Indian Biogas Association, Foundation For Innovation & Research In Science & Technology and Acquafront Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., it is set to roll out Oxygen Plants in 25 of the most virus-ravaged cities in the country.
“Working with installation and technical partners, the Plants will bring a quick and long-term solution to the current oxygen crisis, reducing the dependence on liquid oxygen distribution channels, that are stretched beyond their limits,” said Mathew Joseph, Country Director, AIF
The Plants will be based on the proven Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology and will deliver 90%+ oxygen concentration, only requiring power and water supply from the hospitals. Bringing in industry and domain experts, the Oxygen Plants will be able to scale up production capacities in the future as per the demands, while maintaining uniform pressure and flow distribution in the PSA towers, a mandate for high purity of produced oxygen.

“We needed to restructure our response to the resurgent Covid 19, to bring a sustainable solution to the Oxygen shortage. The Plants will fortify the oxygen supplies in the worst covid affected regions, and prepare us for the looming peak in tier II and tier III cities in the coming weeks. They will be the first steps to making hospitals self-reliant in oxygen supply” said Nishant Pandey, CEO, American India Foundation.
A few of the Plants will be Rapidly Deployable Oxygen Plants with 500 Litres per month capacity, to speedily strengthen health infrastructure against COVID-19 pandemic, while some others will be Modular Oxygen Generation Plants, designed to be easily transportable on mobile skids, to expedite critical aid to the neediest hospitals and clinics at any given time, generating medical grade oxygen on-site.
“Critical lifesaving equipment like oxygen cylinders and concentrators are needed to save lives in the moment, but Oxygen Plants will bring in the readiness for any eventuality in the future”, recapitulated Nishant.

ABOUT AIF RELIEF INTERVENTIONS
In the throes of this extraordinary medical disaster, with public health infrastructure brought to the brink, AIF has been working tirelessly to bring a critical covid 19 interventions. Leveraging its 20 years of experience working in humanitarian crisis, with various state governments and civil society organisations, AIF has so far, ordered 5,500 oxygen concentrators, 2,300 hospital beds and 30,000 non-electric ventilators to abate the public health infrastructure shortages.

For any queries in India, please contact Shreya Ralli at +91 9868836171 or shreya.ralli@aif.org.
Alternatively, please reach out to Braden lay at braden.lay@aif.org for queries in the US

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