Baps Charities Mobilizes Resources To Save Lives As COVID-19 Wreaks Havoc In India

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Large field hospitals are being set up to fight the COVID-19 surge. - Pic: BAPS

TORONTO: BAPS Charities are stepping forward to help fight the surge in the COVID-19 pandemic that is wreaking havoc on communities across the globe.

India is currently facing an unparalleled COVID-19 crisis with daily new cases reaching over 300,000. The healthcare infrastructure in India, including hospitals, medical clinics, and medical equipment are all being pushed to the brink— with many sick people unable to receive treatment and care.

Special ICUs set up to treat the seriously ill. Pic: BAPS

BAPS Charities, through its network of partner hospitals in India and newly created temporary medical facilities, is now working to accommodate the surge of patients unable to receive medical care.

Through providing ventilators, oxygen supplies, concentrators, medicines, medical therapies, and other diagnostic services, BAPS Charities is endeavoring to save as many lives as possible. The organization is providing PPE and other necessary supplies to healthcare providers and those displaced by the pandemic. In addition to the physical support, volunteers are supporting the silent victims of the pandemic, the families of the afflicted, by providing hot meals and more importantly comfort and emotional support.

Preliminary investigation before treatment. – Pic: BAPS

Around the world, BAPS Charities is mobilizing its resources to help combat the surge of cases in India. Starting on May 1, 2021 the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi arranged for the supply of 44 metrics tons of liquid oxygen to be delivered to the people of India and is working towards supplying a total of 440 metric tons which is the equivalent of 60,000 oxygen cylinders. In the U.K, local volunteers organized a 48-hour non-stop static relay cycle fundraiser, covering the distance from London to Delhi. Among those partaking in the fundraiser was London Mayor Sadiq Khan. BAPS Charities also delivered 30 oxygen concentrators from USA and is in the process of sending 150 more.

BAPS Charities in Canada has started the COVID-19 – India Focus Fund.  If you wish to help BAPS Charities continue its on-the-ground efforts in India battling this dire second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, visit https://www.bapscharities.org/canada/.

All funds collected will be used to directly support efforts in India, including supporting those who desperately need treatment and medical supplies.

BAPS Charities has been committed to humanitarian and disaster relief across the globe. From the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, BAPS Charities mobilized volunteers globally to deliver any PPE and hot meals to first responders, frontline workers and the vulnerable. Additionally, BAPS Charities has provided direct financial assistance to numerous hospitals, medical centres, and various community support organizations.

Specialized equipment. Pic: BAPS Chatities

In Canada, BAPS Charities has provided over 45,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to front-line workers, delivered over 7,200 food and care packages, donated over 20,000 pounds of non-perishable food to food banks and supported over 14 hospitals.

In March, BAPS Charities distributed more than 130,000 masks to families across Canada.

BAPS Charities is a global charity active in nine countries across five continents. Volunteers drive its efforts, dedicating a portion of their lives in selfless service of others, both in their local neighbourhoods as well as globally. Working in five key areas,

BAPS Charities aims to express a spirit of selfless service through Health Awareness, Educational Services, Humanitarian Relief, Environmental Protection & Preservation and Community Empowerment.

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