BY: Ann Marie Louis and Michael Murty
UPDATE : RM66,198 has been raised through Giveback.my, so far! On May 11th, 2021, Petaling Jaya CISCO Security joined forces with the BAC Education Group and UNICEF Malaysia to raise the remaining funds to support India’s fight against COVID-19.
The world’s second-most populous country is struggling to contain the second wave of Covid-19 infections, which includes the spread of a new variant.
The rise of a new variant in India, called B.1.617, is distinguished by having not one but two mutations on the virus spike. Unfortunately, another variant, B.1.1.7, is also spreading in India. That variant, first identified in the United Kingdom, is now the dominant strain in the United States.
India reported 408,331 new cases on Friday, a global record. About 150 million vaccine shots have been given, equivalent to 11.5% of India’s 1.3 billion people.
India has recorded more than 222,000 deaths since the new wave and their health system is crumbling as medical supplies and oxygen are at dangerously low levels.
In response to this devastating situation, countries and organisations worldwide have rushed to India’s aid.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
As India continues to combat the raging spread of the virus, the BAC Education Group in its efforts to help the people of India, is collaborating with UNICEF, to urgently raise funds for medical equipment, PPE, hygiene supplies and critical care.
Through the campaign, ‘Save Lives in India’ on its fundraising platform GiveBACk.my, you can contribute to this cause. All funds will be directly channeled to UNICEF itself.
To do your part:
Please do send proof of donation to email@example.com or via WhatsApp (Moo 014-2315528 / 017-8912345).
Here’s a list of the countries that have started sending relief material to India:
- United States: The United States has so far sent three shipments of emergency relief material and vowed to send supplies worth more than $100 million to assist India in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
- United Kingdom: The United Kingdom has sent three shipments of over 400 oxygen concentrators to India so far.
- United Arab Emirates: The UAE has sent a consignment of Covid-19 relief material including 157 ventilators, 480 BiPAPs and other medical supplies to India.
- Russia: Two Russian flights carrying oxygen concentrators, ventilators, medicines and other essential medical equipment landed in India earlier this week.
- Taiwan: Taiwan’s first batch of aid to India to help it fight a surging increase in Covid-19 infections left for New Delhi on Sunday, consisting of 150 oxygen concentrators and 500 oxygen cylinders.
- France: India on Sunday received several essential medical supplies and equipment from France.
- Thailand: A special flight from Thailand carrying 15 oxygen concentrators was arranged to help address the shortage of medical oxygen in the country while a further 100 oxygen cylinders were pledged to India.
- Romania: Romania sent 80 oxygen concentrators and 75 oxygen cylinders on Friday.
- Ireland: Ireland has sent a shipment containing 700 units of oxygen concentrators and 365 ventilators on Friday.
- Bahrain: Bahrain has sent a shipment of 40 MT of liquid oxygen onboard INS Talwar on Friday.
As infections continue to rise hitting 20 million, with 3.4 million currently being treated, countries have come together in solidarity, sending shipments of emergency relief.
But, with the severity of the situation, much more is still needed.
Together with other countries, let us exert our moral responsibility by helping our neighbour, India, in their fight to contain the spread of the virus, and get back on the path to recovery.
Founded in April 2020, GiveBACk.my, the brainchild of BAC Education Group and MIRM (Make It Right Movement) have been collaborating with like-minded partners and affiliates to serve affected communities in the areas of Education, Children, Women Empowerment, Special Needs, Health, Public Benefit and Welfare, among others.