A second wave of coronavirus has devastated India. Every second, an estimated four new cases of Covid-19 are being recorded with two new deaths per minute. Cases are surging by hundreds of thousands per day, hitting record peaks with graveyards completely overwhelmed.
There are not enough hospital beds, ventilators, or food. Worse, families are driving over 200 miles to receive treatment–and they are often being turned away.
“India’s coronavirus second wave is rapidly sliding into a devastating crisis, with hospitals unbearably full, oxygen supplies running low, desperate people dying in line waiting to see doctors. Each day, the government reports more than 300,000 new infections, a world record, and India is now seeing more new infections than any other country by far, almost half of all new cases in a global surge.” – The New York Times
“Almost every hospital is on the edge. If oxygen runs out, there is no leeway for many patients,” Dr. Sumit Ray.
Islamic Relief teams are working hard to get oxygen, PPE, and other essential supplies delivered. We can only do this with your support. Please donate generously.
India’s vast population size and rapid growth mean that while the percent of Indians living in poverty has fallen, the absolute number of individuals living in poverty in India’s poorest states has actually increased.
That, coupled with the region being prone to natural disasters like monsoons and floods, means that hundreds of thousands of people face displacement, injury, or worse.
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With all this considered, one thing remains clear: The people of India are resilient, and with the support of donors like you, families in need can access opportunities to break the chains of poverty and move toward success.
Islamic Relief has been working in India since 1994, often collaborating with local relief organizations to ensure that assistance is delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible. In 2008, efforts were made to expand Islamic Relief’s work to development programs to help alleviate growing needs for humanitarian aid.
Here’s just a sampling of recent efforts for families in need across India:
As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of better India a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.