The photograph above shows a COVID-19 patient at Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre and Research Institute in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, using an oxygen concentrator provided by Community Partners International and partners. This is one of 4,759 concentrators that have now reached India on five relief flights. They have been distributed to more than 70 health facilities in 19 states and territories where needs are greatest. At least 500 more are scheduled to be shipped later this month.
Each concentrator can be used by as many as 60 people each month. So, many thousands of mothers, fathers, grandparents, sisters and brothers struggling for breath in South Asia are now receiving the lifesaving oxygen support that they desperately need to survive COVID-19.
Many individuals and organizations are helping to make this happen. Community Partners International, Navya and Direct Relief are supporting fundraising and logistics. Fedex and Air India are shipping the equipment free of charge. In India, Tata Memorial Centre is leading last-mile distribution through their eight centers and the consortium of 250 hospitals that form the National Cancer Grid. Thanks to this team effort, the concentrators are reaching those in need all over India in a matter of days.
Community Partners International is now expanding the response effort to help other countries in South Asia struggling with COVID-19. As well as sourcing locally, we are sending a shipment of 130 concentrators to Nepal later this month. We are also in touch with health providers in Sri Lanka and Pakistan to support their efforts.
To support Community Partners International’s South Asia COVID-19 Response, donate at https://www.cpintl.org/south-asia-covid-response.html