With more than 30 million coronavirus cases and over 400,000 deaths reported to date, the health system has simultaneously run out of testing kits, hospital beds, and the supply of medical oxygen. Thousands are dying simply because they cannot breathe.
#OxygenForIndia is a volunteer-run campaign to deliver lifesaving medical oxygen to those who need it the most, as quickly as possible.
Visit oxygenforindia.org to find out how you can help
The current situation in India
As India battles the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are dying unable to get a hospital bed. It is impossible for many in need of oxygen therapy to get treatment at home because of shortages, lack of information, and access.
Several organizations are focused on helping by purchasing oxygen concentrators and cylinders, but few are working on the last mile problem. Without well-functioning databases or helplines, desperate family members are turning to social media and unreliable or outdated sources.
What we are doing
- Enabling the last-mile delivery of medical oxygen
- Augmenting medical infrastructure
- Ensuring medical oxygen is provided to those who are truly in need and not those hoarding for any eventuality
Our goal is to ensure that no one in India dies due to the lack of medical oxygen. In the short term, we are deploying 40,000 reusable oxygen cylinders and 20,000 oxygen concentrators in 20 urban and rural centers across India. Meanwhile, are working with partners to establish a stable, reliable oxygen supply system for India for the long term. OxygenForIndia is funded through donations in India through Tech4Health Foundation, a registered non-profit with 12a registration and 80G tax exemption; and globally CDDEP, a 501c3 organization registered in the United States. Donations received in India and the US are tax-exempt.
Why do we need your help? Request for proposals
- To enable patients to get oxygen treatment at home
- To free up hospital beds for the critically ill
- To help hospitals with oxygen supplies
Request for proposals: Business plan to develop a national oxygen grid
Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) is seeking proposals from capable and experienced organizations to assist in the development of a business plan for a national public-private program to improve the oxygen supply chain in India. More information