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COVID-19 in India: How can I help MSF?

04 May 21 | 31 May 21

COVID-19 in India: How can I help MSF?

Patient Pramod getting his temperature checked at the HFNC.jpg Caption
MSF doctor Ilham checking the temperature of Pramod, a patient being treated for COVID-19 at Shatabdi Hospital in Mumbai

Please read this page if you are interested in supporting MSF's life-saving work in India during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is MSF doing in India?

MSF has launched an emergency medical response in Mumbai, Maharashtra, where densely populated conditions have driven a surge in the virus that has overwhelmed the healthcare system:

  • We have mobilised 60 of our in-country staff and are assembling additional teams with experience in treating COVID-19 to be dispatched immediately.
     
  • We have deployed doctors, nurses, anaesthesia technicians and psychologists to support Mumbai’s BKC Hospital – known as “Jumbo Hospital” – a giant 2,000-bed COVID-19 facility treating severe patients.
     
  • We are supporting dedicated COVID-19 health centres across the city as they face extreme demand for oxygen and beds.

“Despite the difficulties we’re facing, everyone is extremely committed… We all feel a strong sense of solidarity with our patients and with the staff. I feel that we’re in the right place and we’re all working together.” 

Mabel Morales
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MSF medical coordinator
  • We have started health education activities and emergency water and sanitation work in the city's M-East Ward (MEW). We are also providing infection prevention and control information, and distributing face masks here.
     
  • We are concerned about vulnerable groups and people with existing illnesses such as tuberculosis (TB), diabetes or HIV and their ability to access medical care including oxygen. We are working to ensure the continuity of care for 950 patients with drug-resistant TB at Shatabdi Hospital and a further 114 at our clinic.
     
  • We are scaling up screening, shielding, testing and referral activities across the hospitals, nine healthcare centres and in the communities where we work.

How can I help MSF in India?

Unfortunately, we can't restrict your donation to only go towards our work in India. 

Due to the unique way that MSF is funded, most of our donations are "unrestricted" and can be used wherever the need is greatest. The actions our teams are currently taking in India are funded by donations just like these.

Your unrestricted donation gives us a valuable flexibility. It means our medical teams are not held back while we wait for funds to be approved or a public campaign to launch.

Instead, we can act fast and save lives, now. 

How we spend your money

By making a donation today, you will help ensure that our teams are prepared for whatever happens next. 

We will be able to move with the pandemic and respond wherever we are needed most – both within India and around the world.

out-patient department in Batil refugee camp

Help us prepare for the next emergency

COVID-19 in India: News and stories