India is currently fighting the world’s worst second wave of COVID-19 with record breaking daily cases. Hospitals and healthcare providers are running out of resources in their fight against the pandemic and the situation on the ground is dire. Oxygen is critically needed by hospitals to treat patients.
Swasth Alliance and ACT grants are looking to procure 50,000 Oxygen Concentrators (OCs) and other medical supplies to aid the fight against COVID-19.
How can you help? I am raising funds through crowd-funding, CSR grants and more. please contribute and spread the word!
What are costs for procurement of these devices? The procured OCs shall be a mix of high-flow and low-flow devices. Each high flow oxygen concentrator costs Rs. 60,000 (USD 800) and each low flow concentrator costs Rs 45,000 (USD 600). The rates of procurement are basis bulk orders placed with our suppliers.
Where and how are the OCs being deployed? These oxygen concentrators will be channelled to hospitals across levels of care that will support the response against COVID-19 as well as strengthen the health system in the longer term.
The process of distribution of concentrators is based on 3 key princples, namely:
i) Equitable distribution - Ensuring the areas and institutions in most need receive them
ii) Transparency - All details on demand and deployment shall be published on the website. These dashboards can be accessed at: https://www.swasth.app/oxygenforindia
iii) Impact: Distribution to be made as rapidly as possible to save the maximum lives. The assessment of impact shall also be undertaken on a monthly basis.