Response to COVID-19 Crisis in India
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Response to COVID-19 Crisis in India

A man stands next to a notice outside a hospital that says: "We regret we are stopping admission in hospital because oxygen supply are not coming" amidst the spread of COVID-19 in New Delhi, India, April 22, 2021.

Last updated 5 May 2021

 

‘People are literally dying on the streets or in car parks or in their homes. There is no one I think in India who doesn’t know of friends or family or colleagues who have not had COVID.’

 

Amitabh Behar, CEO of Oxfam India

Oxfam is on the Ground

In the face of the health crisis in India, we are stepping up our efforts in 16 states* to meet both immediate and long-term needs. We are:

  • distributing PPE and safety kits to health workers
  • installing equipment at hospitals/health centres
  • reaching out with food to the stranded workers and to the most marginalised and vulnerable communities
  • making direct cash transfers to the most marginalised households 
  • working with the government to ensure a substantial increase in the health budget to strengthen the Indian public health system

*Assam, Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Telangana

PPE kits, safety and hygiene kits delivered to a COVID-19 hospital in Patna, Bihar state on 1st May 2021. (Photo: Oxfam India)
 

PPE kits, safety and hygiene kits delivered to a COVID-19 hospital in Patna, Bihar state on 1st May 2021. (Photo: Oxfam India)

Oxfam India have reached 180 families of marginal farmers and daily wage workers in Jorhat and Morigaon in Assam. We have provided dry ration and safety & hygiene kits. (Photo: Oxfam India)
 

Oxfam India have reached 180 families of marginal farmers and daily wage workers in Jorhat and Morigaon in Assam. We have provided dry ration and safety & hygiene kits. (Photo: Oxfam India)

 


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Our immediate priority is to supply hospitals and health workers with medical equipment and PPE so they can continue treating those who are sick. But to avoid a worse humanitarian disaster it is vital we stop the spread and so we are also preparing handwashing stations and awareness campaigns to help people stay safe.

Amitabh Behar, CEO of Oxfam India

The grounds are prepared for mass cremation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victims in New Delhi, India, April 28, 2021. Picture taken with a drone

Deadly Second Wave of COVID Grips India

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India is facing a deadly second wave of COVID-19 and is recording over 380,000 cases per day, and a total of over 220,000 deaths so far. Countless people have been unable to access treatment as hospitals and medical facilities have been running out of oxygen and ICU beds. 

High rents in cities like Mumbai and New Delhi have forced poor people into crowded and cramped living spaces where they share communal toilets and water facilities, leaving them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
 

High rents in cities like Mumbai and New Delhi have forced poor people into crowded and cramped living spaces where they share communal toilets and water facilities, leaving them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. (Photo: Atul Loke, Panos / Oxfam)

Oxfam is working with the Indian government to ensure a substantial increase in the health budget to strengthen the Indian public health system.
 

Oxfam is working with the Indian government to ensure a substantial increase in the health budget to strengthen the Indian public health system. (Photo: Atul Loke, Panos / Oxfam)

A man waits outside a factory to get his oxygen cylinder refilled, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease in New Delhi, India, April 28, 2021.
 

A man waits outside a factory to get his oxygen cylinder refilled, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease in New Delhi, India. (Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)