India Covid-19 Emergency Appeal

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What is happening in India?

More than 200,000 people have lost their lives to the virus, while at least 300,000 new infections have been reported every day in the past week. Hospitals have reached a breaking point and are turning patients, desperate for oxygen, away. The country is now reporting more than two-fifths of the world's Covid-19 cases.

Urgent priorities

The Government is looking for ways to increase oxygen capacities and medical infrastructure and expand critical care units. As the number of cases increases, it is important to:

  • appropriately prepare the health systems.
  • use the existing resources properly.
  • support the expansion and equipping of medical facilities to treat a greater number of patients.

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The critical states

The six most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (4,343,727), Kerala (1,405,655), Karnataka (1,339,201), Uttar Pradesh (1,086,625), Tamil Nadu (1,081,988), and Delhi (1,047,916). In response to this new surge of cases, state governments have re-introduced lockdown restrictions in several parts of the country.

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Like many of us, I have watched with heartbreak and sorrow the scenes unfolding in India. However, together, we can make a difference. During the first wave, Habitat for Humanity was able to help 1.6 million people in india through our Habitat Covid-19 centres and Hygiene and Family kits. Now, as the scale of the tragedy grows, we are looking to scale up these interventions, so we can help even more people. Please support us today. Tum Kazunga, CEO Habitat for Humanity Great Britain

Our Emergency Response

Covid-19 Care Centres

With 2,084 dedicated hospitals in the country and 468,974 Covid-19 beds, in full capacity,  it is devastating that people are dying on the streets outside hospitals, as the country struggles to cope.

In partnership with local government providers, Habitat for Humanity India are working to deliver ‘Covid-19 Care Centres’ to equip underused healthcare or government buildings and create a surge capacity of:

  • oxygen systems,
  • drinking water,
  • hygiene facilities,
  • beds and mattresses, hygiene products
  • and sufficient PPE for healthcare workers.

Habitat Covid-19 Care Centres will boost existing medical infrastructure and support vulnerable individuals with safe spaces to isolate or quarantine, keeping families safe and preventing transmission.

The centres are designed as facilities for treating all mild and moderate symptomatic and positive cases, preventing an overloading of existing fragile healthcare infrastructure especially at an intensive care level.

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Funding Priorities

Habitat for Humanity India, have worked with the local government partners in some of the worst-hit states to identify the next ten priority healthcare centres needed. Each Centre costs £28,791 depending on size and location, and hosts between 60 and 100 beds (at a 6-foot distance to allow for appropriate distancing and hygiene control measures). At the moment we are focusing our efforts to build new Covid-19 Care Centres in Maharashtra (Pune and Ahmednagar), Uttar Pradesh (Ayodhya and Noida) and Rajasthan (Alwar).

Our Impact

So far, Habitat have developed 16 Covid-19 Care Centres in 8 cities, with the capacity to serve approx. 1,975 people. More…
  • So far, Habitat have developed 16 Covid-19 Care Centres in 8 cities, with the capacity to serve approx. 1,975 people. More than 4,000 people have already been served.
  • Where appropriate increased capacity will remain in place after the pandemic abates, strengthening the healthcare system for India’s future
  • To support with additional staffing capacity, our local government partners are recruiting surge staff on a contract basis, and requisitioning practical support from medical residents and final year medical students.
  • Habitat for Humanity also continues to work with local communities across India, to deliver our long-term housing and community infrastructure projects, and support local Covid-19 responses through the delivery of emergency hygiene and family food kits.