COVID-19 Crisis in India as Second Wave Surges through Country - CARE

COVID-19 Crisis in India

An Indian woman wearing a blue mask rests on her side in a hospital bed. Behind her, other patients rest in beds.

Photo by Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Photo by Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Emergencies

The second wave of COVID-19 is raging across India with multiple disease strains and devastating impacts. Since late March 2021, it has been a relentless onslaught of increasing caseloads and fatalities.

About the COVID-19 Crisis in India

With 2.88 million active cases as of 10 pm on April 27th, 2021, India’s share of global active coronavirus cases now stands at 14.22 percent (one in seven) and 6.09% of all deaths (one in 17).

India has so far administered 14.09 million vaccine doses, covering 1.5% of the population. Even tier 1 cities like Patna, Mumbai, Delhi, and Lucknow, with well-established healthcare networks, are under tremendous strain leading to many patients unable to access hospital beds when needed.

of global active coronavirus cases are in India

of global active coronavirus cases are in India

of India's population has been vaccinated

of India's population has been vaccinated

The current modeling studies indicate that from the present level of 350,000 infections per day, India is likely to have 600,000 infections per day before the current wave peaks. To address the challenge posed by this level of infection, India will need to ensure rapid action in improving hospital infrastructure and delivering essentials commodities like medical oxygen, antivirals, and other drugs. The current pace of vaccination is estimated to cover only 30% of the population by the end of 2021.

A man dispenses hand sanitizer into a woman's hand. They are outside and both wearing masks. Behind them, other people are walking around, all wearing masks.
Patients and citizens of the Bihar region of India are caught up in an overwhelming COVID-19 crisis. This picture shows healthcare response in the first COVID-19 wave to hit India. Photo credit: CARE

How to Help India Fight COVID-19 – What CARE is Doing

CARE India has aligned its response with the government strategy to ensure that the highest impact is delivered at the right place and time. Given our successful collaborations with the central and state governments providing health programs and responding to emergencies for over 70 years, CARE is uniquely positioned to respond to the challenge. CARE will also draw upon the learnings of 100+ CARE Confederation members.

CARE India has developed a three-pronged strategy to intervene where support is needed the most.

 

  • Supplement government efforts by setting up temporary COVID hospitals and COVID Care Centers, which will manage the availability of hospital beds, medical oxygen, medical staff, drugs, PPE kits, and more
  • Ramp up India’s COVID-19 Vaccination drive based on guidelines laid down by the Government of India and support communities in adopting COVID-19 preventives behaviors
  • Drive COVID-19 appropriate behaviors and addressing immediate relief needs of migrants
Headshot image of Manoj Gopalakrishna, CEO of CARE India

“COVID-19 Wave 2 is raging through India with multiple genomic strains and devastating impact with increasing caseloads and fatalities. Given our collaborations with the central and state governments delivering health programs and responding to emergencies for over 70 years, CARE India has aligned its response with the government to ensure support where it is needed most. We will be setting up temporary COVID-19 hospitals and COVID Care Centers, ramp up the vaccination drives based on government guidelines, launch awareness campaigns for COVID-19 appropriate behavior, and also, like in the first wave of the crisis, address food security needs of migrants and PPE material for frontline workers.”

— Manoj Gopalakrishna, CEO, CARE India

Progress so far

CARE India and CARE USA have operated a decade-long health program in one of India’s high burden states: Bihar. With emergency surge funds made available by CARE USA, CARE India has started setting up a high-capacity COVID CARE Center with the Bihar government.

The 100-bed center is in the state capital of Patna and opened to patients on April 27th. There is a need to quickly set up five more centers in other regional hubs in Bihar.

CARE India is receiving requests for support from other states, including Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. In addition to COVID Care Centers, CARE India will support a quick ramp-up of the country’s vaccination program to prevent sharp rises in infection rates.

With our existing corporate donors, CARE India has initiated a response on the ground. One corporate donor, AVT McCormick, has supported us in providing 24,000 individuals with a kit consisting of masks and sanitizers in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Our work and latest updates can be found at https://www.careindia.org/covid-19/