COVID-19 Support in South Asia: Links to Support Organizations and Citizen Initiatives

From the South Asia Center at the University of Washington:

Numerous humanitarian organizations, NGOs, and citizen initiatives are working to support populations hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in South Asia, where social distancing and shelter-in-place measures pose particular challenges. The South Asia Center at the University of Washington has compiled an evolving list based on community recommendations and media reports. Most of the organizations accept foreign donations.

Please note: This is an evolving list of resources addressing a fluid situation. Always check with the organization directly for the most up-to-date information. These links are provided for your convenience and do not reflect any endorsement by the University of Washington with respect to the linked site or its provider.

From the Institute for South Asia Studies at the University of California Berkeley:

Stories of people being turned away from hospitals because of oxygen shortages have been particularly heartbreaking. Against this backdrop, many nonprofits are doing great work procuring badly needed supplies of everything from oxygen to PPEs, feeding the poor, and offering other forms of succor to the desperate. We’d like to give a shout out to a few of them (while stating that there are many more out there who are doing amazing frontline work and could do with your support). Please give as best as you can.

  • The American India Foundation (AIF)
    The American India Foundation is launching Phase II of it’s COVID-19 relief effort to provide infrastructure support (such as oxygen supplies), to protect front line workers via PPE and other measures, and to build community resilience through campaigns and nutrition. Donations are accepted from the United States: Donate HERE
  • Hemkunt Foundation
    The Hemkunt Foundation is providing oxygen cylinders free of charge to families in critical need in the Delhi NCR region.  Donations are being accepted in India and internationally: Donate HERE
  • Arogya World
    Arogya World is a global health non-profit organization working to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs). During the pandemic, Arogya has focused on advancing the dialogue on workplace health and providing resources and information relating to Covid-19 relief. Learn more here: Donate Here
  • GiveIndia
    GiveIndia is currently raising funds for healthcare workers, patients, and all those suffering from the second wave of the Covid-19 crisis in India. There are many trusted campaigns which you can support: Donate Here
  • Ketto
    Ketto is an Indian crowdfunding site currently focused on raising funds for oxygen supplies for Indian hospitals: Donate Here

Additionally, below are two lists of organizations that have been at the forefront of responding to this public health crisis:

We apologize for any duplication.

From the New York Times:

(Copied from “How to Help India Amid the Covid Crisis”)

  • United Nations agencies, including UNICEF and the World Health Organization, are delivering personal protective equipment kits, oxygen concentrators, diagnostic testing systems and other supplies to India’s frontline health care workers.

  • PATH, a global health nonprofit based in Seattle, says it has a team of more than 200 people working in India to procure oxygen supplies and accelerate Covid-19 testing and surveillance.

  • The International Medical Corps, which works in conflict areas around the world, is raising money for a campaign to help provide medical equipment, P.P.E., isolation facilities and other essential supplies in India.

  • Care India says it has supplied hospitals and frontline workers in India with more than 39,000 P.P.E. kits, along with masks and other supplies.

  • The Association for India’s Development, a Maryland-based charity that partners with nonprofits in India, says it has volunteers distributing food and protective equipment in most of India’s 29 states.

  • Project HOPE, also in Maryland, is a nonprofit providing medical training, health education and humanitarian assistance around the world. The group says it has given Covid-related assistance in 150 countries during the pandemic, including India.

  •, a fund-raising platform in Singapore for causes across the Asia Pacific region, says it is working with the Singapore Red Cross to send ventilators, oxygen concentrators and oxygen generators to India. The platform also hosts fund-raising campaigns by individuals.

  • Americares, a nongovernmental organization based in Connecticut that specializes in emergency medical response work, says it is working in several Indian states to deliver P.P.E., ventilators and other medical equipment, as well as to educate people on how to prevent the spread of the virus.

  • The Indian Red Cross Society has staff and volunteers running blood drives, delivering aid and medical supplies, along with providing other essential services across the country.

  • Youth Feed India and Helping Hands Charitable Trust are delivering ration kits to vulnerable residents of Mumbai. Each kit includes staples like rice and dal, and feeds a family of four for 15 days. Donate here in a variety of ways, including through Google Pay.

  • Ketto, a fund-raising platform in Mumbai, a hot spot of the country’s latest Covid outbreak, is shepherding a campaign by hundreds of entrepreneurs to purchase 3,000 oxygen concentrators. (The organizers are tweeting live updates.)