The Covid-19 pandemic has plunged India's healthcare system into crisis. More than 200,000 people have lost their lives, while at least 300,000 new infections have been reported every day in the past week. Hospitals have reached 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.
With 2,084 dedicated hospitals in the country and 468,974 Covid-19 beds, which are at full capacity, it is devastating that people are dying at home and even on the streets outside hospitals, as the country struggles to cope.
Our response: Covid-19 Care Centres
In partnership with local governments, Habitat for Humanity is 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
- 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 to treat mild and moderate symptomatic and positive cases, helping to prevent the overloading of existing fragile healthcare infrastructure.
Much like the UK NHS Nightingale hospitals, Habitat for Humanity's Covid Care Centre's are built to address the overloading of existing fragile healthcare infrastructure, especially at the intensive care level, as cases spread rapidly through the population.
How you can help
By making a donation you can help us get closer to our target and set up a Covid-19 Care Centre.
First Centres Funded
To help get us started M&G plc have kindly pledged to be a primary partner of this urgent campaign. They are sponsoring the costs of the first two Habitat Covid-19 Care Centres in the Maharashtra region, delivering urgent surge capacity in one of the worst-hit regions, allowing us to start these first two centres while we raise the funds for more.
- In the first wave of the pandemic, we worked together with the government to provide 16 Covid-19 Care Centres. During the last six months, we have provided bed spaces for over 4,000 people
- Where appropriate, this increased capacity will remain in place after the pandemic abates, helping strengthen the healthcare system into the future
- Each bed is expected to support at least 10 patients over the coming months
- 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
Please support us today!