India's Covid-19 Crisis - How to Help

The Institute for South Asia Studies has been following the Covid-19 news from India with growing alarm. 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) 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
  • 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 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. Donate Here
  • 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 is an Indian crowdfunding site currently focused on raising funds for oxygen supplies for Indian hospitals: Donate Here
  • Donate to Speaker Series: India at Berkeley's Fundraiser

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

A special note from the Consul General of India in San Francisco on what the need of the hour is and what we can do to help.

Currently, requirements are only oxygen generators, concentrators, cylinders, Remdesivir, Favirprivir and Tocilizumab medicines. This is to inform that all such donations have to be routed through the 'Indian Red Cross Society' for further distribution in India. On the documentation required for such air shipments for expeditious Customs clearance and other processes in India, the following may be enclosed:

  • Name of the consignee - Indian Red Cross Society 
    Airway Bill
    Commercial Invoice
    List of items carton-wise
    Donation/ Gift certificate 

The complete details of the consignee are given below:

  • Indian Red Cross Society,  Sansad Marg, 1, Red Cross Road,  New Delhi 110001.
  • Contact: Dr. Vanshree Singh Tel: +91 11 23711551 Mobile: +91 9818228394 
  • Control Room: Tel: +91 9319982105 : +91 9319982104 
  • Email: 

The documentation mentioned above may be sent directly to Indian Red Cross Society on its email before dispatch.