COVID-19 Crisis Support in India

As the COVID-19 crisis in India escalates, we recognize that members of the University community are looking for ways to help. Through the Center in Delhi and other initiatives, many University of Chicago faculty, staff, students, and community members have built long-lasting partnerships and personal friendships in India and feel the impact of the current situation deeply. Below is a list of organizations that have been identified in recent press articles and other external sources as those that are supporting India’s response to the pandemic.

Disclaimer: The list is provided solely for informational purposes and does not constitute an endorsement of the organizations, their views, or their services by the University of Chicago. Please ensure you are comfortable with the resource(s) before making any contributions.

India-Based Organizations

  • The Indian Red Cross Society is running blood drives, delivering aid and medical supplies, and providing other essential services in this time of need.
  • Care India is providing personal protective equipment kits and critical medical equipment to hospitals and COVID care facilities.
  • Pratham, a major education NGO, has started a COVID Relief Fund for urgent relief now (oxygen concentrators, PPE, field teams, facilities) as well as for recovery efforts in the coming months. Part of the Relief Fund will also be allocated to the care and medical expenses of workers and volunteers on the frontlines.
  • FromU2Them, a Mumbai nonprofit, is raising money to pay for food and medical supplies in Mumbai.
  • Ketto, a fundraising platform in Mumbai, is shepherding a campaign by hundreds of entrepreneurs to purchase oxygen concentrators.
  • Swasth, a healthcare nonprofit, is raising funds to secure and distribute oxygen concentrators across the country.
  • Youth Feed India and Helping Hands Charitable Trust are delivering ration kits that can feed a family of four for 15 days to vulnerable residents of Mumbai.
  • Hasiru Dala and Kashtakari Panchayat, organizations working to improve the lives of waste pickers and waste workers, are raising funds to provide food and medical support for waste pickers and their families.
  • SEEDS, a disaster relief and response organization, is working to augment hospital supplies, set up isolation centers, hold vaccine drives, and provide support services across local communities.

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International Organizations

  • AmeriCares, a health-focused relief and development organization, is providing medical equipment, infection-prevention supplies, and community education.
  • Give2Asia is partnering with local nonprofits to deliver emergency medical supplies to frontline workers, meals and rations, and financial support to marginalized families.
  • Give.Asia, a fundraising platform in Singapore, is working with the Singapore Red Cross Society to send ventilators, oxygen concentrators, and oxygen generators to India.
  • Oxygen for India is raising money to provide oxygen cylinders and concentrators free of cost to those who need them but cannot afford them.
  • PATH, a global health nonprofit, is working to procure oxygen supplies and accelerate COVID-19 testing and surveillance.
  • Project HOPE is coordinating with local partners to procure personal protective equipment and other medical equipment for healthcare workers.
  • The American India Foundation is working with local government and hospitals to provide supplies of medical oxygen, beds, protective gear, and meals.
  • The Association for India’s Development, a charity that partners with nonprofits in India, is distributing protective equipment and food to communities left out of government rations.
  • The International Medical Corps is raising money to provide medical supplies, personal protective equipment, sanitation and hygiene supplies, and isolation facilities.
  • The Optical Society of America is partnering with local volunteers and channels in India to distribute pulse oximeters.
  • UNICEF and the World Health Organization are delivering personal protective equipment kits, oxygen concentrators, diagnostic systems, and other supplies to frontline healthcare workers.