The people of Dhanbad, the second-most populated city in the Indian state of Jharkhand, are in desperate need of your support today. The second wave of COVID-19 has hit, and India is recording a surge in infections of over 300,000 new cases daily, and a total reported death toll of over 200,000 since the pandemic began. With one of the lowest doctor-patient ratios as per the WHO guidelines, Jharkhand is also one of the worst-hit Indian states in the pandemic.
Source: The Hindu
Hospitals and crematoriums are overflowing. SOS messages from hospitals and families of patients reporting dwindling resources and urgent requirements are flooding social media. Access to oxygen is in short supply and is an immediate and dire need.
Background of the campaigners:
We are a group of alumni of various educational institutions in Dhanbad who have considered the city home at different times in our lives. Fueled by a desire to help the city where we spent our formative years, we have approached the local administration in Dhanbad for a rapid situation and response assessment. The recent appointment of three magistrates who monitor the availability of oxygen cylinders every 24 hours has revealed an urgent need to build the capacity of existing infrastructure. In response, this campaign will accelerate access to critical equipment like oxygen concentrators and feeding services for locals in the COVID-19 crisis.
Given the need of the hour, the alumni team driving this campaign, working across private, government, and non-profit sectors, and continents, have come together to ensure no city like Dhanbad is too remote to be left behind in the fight to alleviate a global pandemic like COVID-19.
Fundraising target and social impact:
We must raise USD 150,000 to procure 100 Oxygen Concentrators and supplement local ongoing feeding programmes impacting an estimated 4000+ lives.
Your contribution today can make a crucial difference as hundreds of thousands of Indians fight for their lives!!
Our campaign is co-run by the Red Dot Foundation, which will help us implement the project on the ground and explore the potential to conduct a post-crisis needs assessment for psychosocial support to communities in Dhanbad in the aftermath of the disaster.
About Red Dot Foundation:
Red Dot Foundation (RDF) works at the intersection of gender, technology, communications, data, and urban planning. Safecity is its flagship program. RDF, registered as a Sec 8 company in India, is a United Nations ECOSOC accredited non-profit and vetted by GuideStar India. The sister concern, Red Dot Foundation Global
(RDFG) is a registered 501(c)(3) organisation in the United States and recognised as a top-ranked, effective, and vetted charity by GlobalGiving Foundation. Visit https://reddotfoundation.org/ for more information.
Fund utilisation and resource distribution:
The funds raised will:
1. Procure 100 concentrators for the local administration, who will further distribute them to the hospitals.
Currently, concentrators with 10L costs ~$1250 and 5L costs ~$750; (freight and last mile delivery charge additional and as per actuals).
2. Support local NGOs and gurudwaras in Dhanbad to supplement and expand the reach of their ongoing feeding programmes.
As and when we succeed in meeting the immediate needs listed above, we will raise additional funds to expand similar support to the broader Jharkhand area and explore the potential for long-term rehabilitation programmes.
For any queries on this fundraiser including deployment of CSR funds (in India) and end-use of the campaign funds, please write to us at: [email protected]
Important Resources for COVID-19 management in Dhanbad:
https://dhanbad.nic.in/covid-19/: Official website for dissemination of information related to COVID-19 by District Administration of Dhanbad
https://coviddhanbad.glideapp.io/: Crowd-sourced information on resources to related to Bed Availability, ICU’s, ventilators, helpline number, medical supplies etc. to help citizens of Dhanbad
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