The medical community in Chicago has endured more than a year of battling Covid-19. Thankfully our case numbers are declining, but the situation in India is becoming more dire and fatal by the day. The Chicago Medical Society is in partnership with SHARE India and INDIA COVID SOS to raise funding for programs that will ease the burden on the healthcare system in India. Indian hospitals are currently overwhelmed by patients with Covid-19, but some of these patients only need care that could be provided outside of the hospital system or at home. We are working to provide the resources needed in India to deliver appropriate care both in and out of hospitals, and open up hospital beds for those who need higher levels of care. These resources are particularly aimed at serving India's poorest patients who have little if any access to necessary care.
We have structured a program that will help provide optimal care during a time when resources are extremely limited, and have already acquired thousands of pulse oximeters. We are also coordinating care and resources between our Chicago physicians and the healthcare professionals in India. Please donate now to help us acquire and deploy the supplies and resources India so desperatley needs. Together we can save countless lives.
Organizational and Mission Background
India is currently experiencing a rapid rise in cases of COVID-19, leading to failure of basic healthcare infrastructure. There are many essential services which are required to help the Indian healthcare system deal with this calamity. SHARE India has been active in India since 1981, and has been a pioneer in the field of infectious diseases, while maintaining a working partnership with the CDC for the last 15 years. The organization has executed projects in the fields of HIV, tuberculosis, and laboratory testing. SHARE India currently has collaborations in India with the National AIDS Control Organization, State AIDS Control Organization, National Tuberculosis Elimination Program, and the Indian Council of Medical Research. The organization has robust structure and personnel on the ground to ensure implementation of projects on the ground in India.
INDIA COVID SOS is an international non-profit volunteer group of scientists, clinicians, engineers, policymakers, community organizers, and industrial partners with long-standing operational partnerships in India. It has demonstrated effectiveness in deploying home-care guidance in 25 languages that is being utilized in the Indian subcontinent and beyond. The group is advising the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the COVID India Task force in implementation of genetic sequencing and diagnostic guidance. Additionally, they are currently working with several health ministries on projects to decrease the burden on healthcare systems throughout India.
Chicago Medical Society is in partnership with SHARE India and INDIA COVID SOS to raise funding for programs with the aim of easing the burden on the current infrastructure in India by providing quality pulse oximetry devices. These devices would appropriately triage patients, and allow patients to be safely managed at home by local providers, while ensuring sicker patients be triaged to an appropriate healthcare setting. It is currently estimated that more than 30% of hospital admissions in India are for mild illness and may be managed at home. The devices would be appropriately deployed with known partners and go to the neediest patients.