The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the U.S.-India Business Council hosted a humanitarian assistance coordination call today to discuss how the private sector can work with the U.S. government and other partners on the ground to help deliver life-saving equipment and medical supplies, and support relief efforts.
India is facing a dire healthcare crisis from a rapid rise in COVID cases over the last six weeks.
Every day brings new national highs for daily confirmed cases, with more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases reported on May 1 alone. These numbers have overwhelmed the healthcare system, especially in the capital of New Delhi and other major cities such as Mumbai.
To address this challenge, India needs immediate assistance responding to the current crisis, as well as longer-term support to arrest transmission rates. The alarming situation in India is a stark reminder of the devastating effects the pandemic can have on any nation and its most vulnerable populations. We need to be diligent in our efforts to help and support other countries as well.
Based on consultations with central and state government officials in India, as well as non-governmental experts and hospital executives whose employees are on the front lines, we have gathered a list of critical supplies and other resources needed to tackle these challenges. Visit our resources page to learn more.