As the COVID-19 pandemic surged in India, Lifebox has provided emergency support to our partners.
Lifebox is providing direct assistance to our anesthesia partners in Maharashtra – one of India’s worst affected states – and where Lifebox has worked with anesthesia and surgical partners for the past five years.
In the district of Nanded, we are working with our partners to provide equipment to rural hospitals for the safe management of COVID patients, such as personal protective equipment (PPE).
With emergency funding from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), we are supporting the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in the district of Solapur in its partnership with the local government to set up a COVID-19 patient management center with medical equipment and oxygen resources – including pulse oximeters and ventilators.
“The situation in India is unpredictable as far as the COVID pandemic is concerned. Many belts in India are getting surges in cases before the second wave is completely vanished. The prioritization of oxygen is needed to ensure we don’t face future problems. We are really thankful to Lifebox for their donation towards buying ventilators, BiPaps and Oximeters which will support designated COVID District Hospitals to manage all patients with hypoxia more effectively despite increasing patient numbers.” Dr Milind Shah, obstetrician, Yashodhara Superspeciality Hospital, Solapur, India.
SNF’s support has also enabled Lifebox to partner with India COVID SOS, to develop a video to provide guidance on the use of pulse oximeters to monitor COVID-19 patients at home, and when to seek professional and which is available in five languages.
More than 1,000 Lifebox pulse oximeters have been distributed throughout India in recent years for anesthesia care. These oximeters are being repurposed, enabling providers to detect and provide care for COVID patients.
For more information or ways to support our COVID-19 response in India please email firstname.lastname@example.org.