The Coronavirus pandemic has upturned our lives. As of April 21, there have been 18,601 Coronavirus cases resulting in 590 deaths. The increasing numbers mean that more and more doctors, nurses and patients are fighting the direct and dreary consequences of Covid-19.
Being an easily transmittable disease, the Coronavirus has made warzones of our hospitals. It has simultaneously ravaged our public healthcare system and created an atmosphere of fear and despair.
Two week ago, Reuters reported that some of our healthcare workers are treating Covid-19 patients wearing raincoats and motorbike helmets due to a heavy shortage of PPE kits. This has led to many of our doctors, nurses and medical staff testing positive for Covid-19 and unwittingly become the carriers of the virus. It’s estimated that one in 25 Covid-19 patients in Delhi are healthcare workers.
Our frontline soldiers can’t save us without their armour. In India, we already have a shortage of doctors and nurses and even if 10% of them were to be infected, we would have fewer doctors and nurses to treat COVID-19 patients. This not only decreases the chances of stemming the disease but also increases the number of patients who would die due to a shortage of healthcare personnel to treat them. For a country of 1.3 billion people, this would be catastrophic.
We have joined hands to raise funds for critical medical supplies for all our healthcare workers working in various Hospitals across the country. Each PPE kit costs between Rs. 1000-1500 and includes N95 Masks, Disposable Gloves, Safety Goggles, Shoe Covers, Head Cover and Hand Sanitisers.
The Action Covid-19 Team (ACT), to scale fundraising for Personal Protective Equipment for doctors and healthcare workers across India. ImpactGuru will add upto 20% in matching donations via the ACT Grant on every single donation for this campaign.
The funds raised will be directly transferred to the suppliers of PPE kits who will provide them to the various hospitals across India. Our combined efforts will prioritize help towards those hospitals that either already have dedicated Covid-19 designated facilities or have assigned beds specifically for treatment of Covid 19 patients. The suppliers for PPE will vary depending on location including but not limited to those who have received grants by ACT team.
A standard PPE kit costs in the range of INR 1000 - 1500 and can be used only once. At most hospitals, usually the doctors and staff either do 6 hour shifts or 8 hour shifts with 1 change. So effectively each kit lasts for 4-6 hours. ImpactGuru is endeavouring to get the unit prices of PPEs as low as possible with the help of ACT. A standard PPE kit contains N95 mask, disposable safety gloves, head cover, safety goggles, shoe covers and coveralls.
A donation of INR 1,250 will help procure 1 PPE Kit for doctors and healthcare workers.
A donation of INR 5,000 will help procure 4 PPE Kits for doctors and healthcare workers.
A donation of INR 10,000 will help procure 8 PPE Kits for doctors and healthcare workers.
A donation of INR 1,00,000 will help procure 80 PPE Kits for doctors and healthcare workers.
Without PPE kits, doctors cannot go on for much longer
At a time when more and more people are getting tested and doctors are isolating themselves from their families to work overtime in an extremely distressing environment - it falls on us to not only applaud their efforts but also back them up. Each donation from you is an act of promise. A promise that says, “We have your back and we will fight this together.”
It is our responsibility to protect each and every one of them so that they can work to treat all the COVID-19 patients. Your donations will help us make a huge difference in saving more lives.
About ACT Grant
is a collective initiative of the venture capital and founder community in India, in partnership with NGOs and industry advisors, to give wings to ready-to-go ideas that could help our country effectively combat Covid-19. INR 100CR grant created by India’s start-up community to give wings to ideas that could combat COVID-19 with immediate impact.
We insist everyone to join hands with us in supporting this cause and help us raise funds for our frontline soldiers.
Lets do our part in helping India fight Covid19!
Arpit Agarwal, Class of 2016
Sourav Karwa, Class of 2014
Prasann Soni, Class of 2015
Ankit Agrawal, Class of 2016
Kuldip Sahni, Class of 2014
Pranav Kumar, Class of 2013
Sandeep Tripathy, Class of 2014