As India continues to fight the world’s worst second wave of COVID-19, the pandemic’s wreckage has now shifted towards India’s villages.
Swasth Alliance as well is expanding its focus beyond the current OC program, to focus on strengthening capacity in rural India. Rural India faces several unique challenges – in addition to a lack of oxygenation capabilities, it also requires more comprehensive solutions. Swasth is therefore planning to support by
1.Providing all medical supplies needed including OCs, oximeters, PPEs etc.
2.Undertaking healthcare worker training to empower our frontline workers
3.Enabling telemedicine support for patients and healthworkers
You can read more about our initiatives below:
1.OC Program: In partnership with ACT grants are looking to procure 50,000 Oxygen Concentrators (OCs) to aid the fight against COVID-19
2.Rural Program: To help India’s villages in their fight against COVID-19
How can you help?
We are raising funds through crowd-funding, CSR grants and more. Please contribute and spread the word!
What are the costs for procurement of these devices?
The procured OCs shall be a mix of high-flow and low-flow devices. Each high flow oxygen concentrator costs Rs. 60,000 (USD 800) and each low flow concentrator costs Rs 45,000 (USD 600).
The rural help kits cost approximately Rs 2,900 / kit (they include an Oximeter, a digital and infrared thermometer, face shields, N95 masks, gloves etc.)
The rates of procurement are basis bulk orders placed with our suppliers.
Where and how are the OCs and Rural kits being deployed?
The oxygen concentrators will be channelled to hospitals across levels of care that will support the response against COVID-19 as well as strengthen the health system in the longer term. The rural kits shall be supplied to the frontline workers who will in turn support the population in the villages across India.
The process of distribution is based on 3 key principles, namely:
i) Equitable distribution – Ensuring the areas and institutions in most need receive them
ii) Transparency – All details on demand and deployment shall be published on the website. iii) Impact: Distribution to be made as rapidly as possible to save the maximum lives. The assessment of impact shall also be undertaken on a monthly basis.