URGENT: COVID-19 appeal
The situation in India is critical. A second wave of COVID-19 has left many hospitals without oxygen supplies or available beds.
Hospitals and health centres across India are struggling to cope with the sheer numbers of new cases. Patients in critical conditions are being turned away, many dying at home without access to medical help.
Additionally, the region is suffering the impact of recent cyclones, including the need to evacuate millions of people. Whilst evacuations are life-saving in the face of deadly natural disasters like cyclones, with the number of COVID-19 cases remaining high, vital actions like this makes infection prevention and control very difficult.
Frontline workers are exhausted, and relatives are searching for oxygen cylinders to help treat or comfort their loved ones at home.
The pandemic is at its height in India. Families need urgent help.
And while any country is battling coronavirus, the whole world is still at risk.
We need your help now.
How will my donation help?
We’ll only ever be safe, if we’re all safe. UNICEF is ensuring no one is left behind in the race to end the COVID-19 crisis. Our goal is to ensure health workers in every country are protected, and patients get the life-saving medical supplies and oxygen they need.
We need your help to deliver 2 billion vaccines, 5.6 million tests and 5.5 million treatments around the world this year. Join us for the biggest health and logistics project in history.
Just £50 could help provide a life-saving oxygen concentrator.
Our most urgent priority is to protect health workers, social workers and teachers to ease pressure on overwhelmed health systems, and ensure children are protected from harm and get them back to school.
Together, we can end this global pandemic.
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Please donate now
Donations made to this appeal will go through UNICEF’s VaccinAid appeal, supporting UNICEF’s work to purchase and deliver Covid-19 vaccines, tests and treatment to bring an end to the pandemic in India and around the world. For the first six months, monthly donations to this appeal will go towards this work. After that, donations will go to our Children’s Emergency Fund, to save and protect children in emergencies around the world, including Covid-19 and other emergencies where funds are most needed. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your donation will go towards the Children’s Emergency Fund.