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[p][b]APNA NHS[/b] is a staff network of leaders from a South Asian Heritage who work in the NHS. It acts as a platform for its members to have their collective voices heard through collaboration and active engagement to drive positive outcomes across the healthcare sector. In conjunction with the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA), we have come together to support those that are being impacted by COVID-19 in India. [/p][p]We have all been impacted by COVID-19 and many of us have seen the needless loss of family and loved ones through this dreadful pandemic. In recent days, we have witnessed the devastating consequences of the current wave spreading across India and the escalation of a crisis through the lack of much needed critical medical resources.[/p][p]Further to the recent announcement from the UK Government to develop a package of aid to save lives in India, APNA NHS is supporting the following charities: [/p][p][br][/p][p][b]1. British Asian Trust: ‘Oxygen for India Emergency Appeal’[/b][/p][p]Having consulted with the Indian and UK governments, our Advisors and programme partners in India, we have outlined a package of support that will complement what industry, government and other charities are doing to help. The biggest difference we can make right now is to get as many ‘oxygen concentrators’ to hospitals as quickly as possible. Oxygen concentrators are alternate devices to oxygen cylinders – while cylinders contain a finite amount of oxygen supply, a concentrator continually recycles oxygen from the air and delivers it to the patient. Our local partner Swasth is providing a comprehensive end-to-end process of identifying where the greatest need is, sourcing the equipment and transporting it safely to its destination.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]2. The Hope Foundation for Street Children: An Urgent Appeal to Help HOPE Hospital Combat COVID-19[/b][/p][p]India recently surpassed Brazil to become the world’s second worst-hit country in the COVID-19 pandemic. A second wave of infection is currently sweeping through the country and is considerably more infectious, and deadly, than the first. It is getting worse day by day.[/p][p]According to our colleagues at HOPE Hospital, during the first wave children mostly remained asymptomatic, but this time they are exhibiting symptoms like diarrhoea and vomiting.[/p][p]The government hospitals in Kolkata cannot cope with the new surge of cases and HOPE Hospital has now reopened it’s 10 bed COVID ward and converted 2 other wards to COVID wards. Right now we have 50 beds for COVID patients – all those beds are full.[/p][p]We need your support more than ever, so that we can continue our mission to serve the most underprivileged people in our society. Thank you so much.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]3. The Khalsa Aid International: INDIA COVID RELIEF:[/b][/p][p]We are currently witnessing a humanitarian crisis in India of proportions never witnessed before as medical infrastructure is buckling under the pressure of the global pandemic. There have been at least 300,000 new infections every day in the past week, with cases continuing to rise at unprecedented levels.[/p][p]We are immensely grateful to all those who have donated oxygen concentrators, of which the first batch of 200 are on its way with Virgin Atlantic and will be on the ground in Delhi Saturday 1st May 2021.[/p][p]As India now prepares for an increasing number of Covid-19 cases, we are launching a Panjab and India Medical Appeal.[/p][p]We are currently supporting medical networks across India, comprising of established medical organisations, facilities and NGO’s who are working on the ground to assist COVID-19 patients.[/p][p]Your generous donations will go towards our vital medical programmes to support vulnerable communities and people across India.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]4. Sewa UK COVID-19 response appeal: [/b][/p][p]Sewa International volunteers are coordinating on the ground support for the extreme impact of the second wave of Covid-19 in India.[/p][p]Key Areas of Priority:[/p][p]- Digital Helpdesk - SI have built a digital portal for live, verified info on COVID-19[/p][p]- Awareness Campaigns - SI working a positive and accurate information campaign[/p][p]- Essentials - (food provisions managed locally), provisions of medical supplies, masks and sanitisers etc[/p][p]- Oxygen Concentrators - to various budget hospitals and covid care centres to increase capacity of existing healthcare systems.[/p][p]Sewa UK and the Global Sewa International Network across 35 countries require our support to help provision vital equipment.[/p][p]Sewa UK are focusing their efforts in sourcing, procuring and delivering the following immediately:[/p][p]Oxygen Concentrators[/p][p]Oximeters[/p][p]Oxygen Cylinders[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]5. Akshaya Patra Foundation UK: As part of our Covid relief measures serve: [/b][/p][p]• Freshly prepared meals to hospital staff, attendees, even patients where applicable.[/p][p] • Snack bags for front line health workers to support them with nutrition and energy; Grocery kits to vulnerable sections of the society including below poverty line families.[/p][p]• Happiness kits to families with children. These comprise grocery, hygiene packs, immunity boosting foods, sanitary pads for a girl child, education activity books etc.[/p][p][br][/p][p]All money raised will act as a vehicle to get critical resources to the places that most need them, quickly. Your donation, however large or small is vital – no one is safe from COVID-19 until we are all safe.[/p][p]We thank you for your support and your donation, the money raised will be split equally between these five charities.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Note 1: [b]The Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA)[/b] is an independent, inclusive, employee-led support group with the desire to raise the profile of Asian staff and associated issues operating within the UK fire and rescue services.[/p][p]Note 2: All aspects of our selection and governance process has been robustly overseen by a steering group. For each of the charities we have, [/p][p]i. insisted that they are UK based and registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, [/p][p]ii. conducted desk-based research in all good faith, [/p][p]iii. named points of contact who have validated their charity’s integrity in writing, and[/p][p]iv. validated each with the Indian High Commission in Birmingham[/p]

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