South Asia COVID-19 Crisis Appeal South Asia COVID-19 Crisis Appeal

Donate to help fight COVID-19 in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka

Donate to help fight COVID-19 in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka

A second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping across South Asia. If we can’t flatten the curve and stop the spread, the impact will be devastating. 

India is reporting the highest number of daily cases in the world – almost 50 per cent of all global cases reported each day are in India, with hundreds of thousands of new infections every day. Tragically, 300,000 lives have already been lost to COVID-19 in India.

Nepal is now facing the same deadly strain of the virus, where daily case numbers have reached as high as 9,000 – and alarmingly 47 per cent of all test results are positive. Proportionally, COVID-19 is spreading across Nepal more rapidly than in India, and the number of weekly deaths has increased by 153 per cent – the highest increase in the world. It is expected that the pandemic will have an even more catastrophic impact on the country than the earthquakes in 2015.

In India and Nepal, hospitals are overwhelmed and running out of oxygen, intensive care units are full, and people are being turned away from emergency rooms because they just don’t have the supplies. 

Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka are also in dire need of support where the virus threatens to put healthcare systems under enormous strain. Your urgent support is needed.

Your donation will directly support our efforts to save lives in the current epicentre of the COVID-19 crisis across South Asia – with priority given to those most in need across India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

CARE’s COVID-19 Response in Nepal

CARE is working with the government and local partners to respond to the COVID crisis. So far, 1,000 face shields have been distributed to protect frontline health workers in Lumbini Province, which borders India. 

CARE Nepal is about to start distributing:

  • 6,000 face-shields
  • 300 dignity kits
  • 175 sanitisers
  • 300 shelter kits 

CARE has been continuously advocating for a fast and fair roll-out of the vaccine and to prioritise the most vulnerable groups for vaccinations.

CARE mobilised female community health volunteers in two rural municipalities to raise awareness about vaccines and to identify and refer priority groups for vaccination.  

In 2020, CARE Nepal distributed nearly 500,000 face shields plus personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizer to support frontline health workers.

CARE’s COVID-19 response in India

Our incredibly dedicated team in India is working around the clock to help stop the spread of COVID-19 – working with the Indian Government to set up temporary hospitals with supplies of oxygen, medical staff, medication, PPE kits and more.

CARE has already set up two fully functioning 100-bed COVID Care Centres in eastern India which have already started admitting patients. With your donation we can start creating more facilities right now.

Needed on the ground right now:

  • Medical care
  • Health facilities with beds
  • Oxygen support
  • Medicine
  • Vaccination support
  • Health education
  • PPE for frontline workers

CARE has been working in India for more than 70 years, and thanks to our close working relationships with the local governments, we are uniquely positioned to ensure our response saves as many lives as possible. But we need your help. Without the support of generous donations from Australians and the international community, the situation in India will get much worse.

In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is witnessing a raging third wave of the pandemic, with health authorities reporting over 3,500 cases a day, prompting the government to impose travel restrictions, including lockdowns. Over the last few days, Sri Lanka recorded about 3,500 cases or more a day taking the total number of cases reported in the island over 151,343.

Needed on the ground right now:

PPE for frontline health workers
Medical equipment for hospitals
Beds for intensive Care Units
Oxygen supply equipment
Health education
Food for people who are undergoing self-quarantine and live in isolated areas

CARE’s COVID-19 response in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is the third worst affected country in South Asia, and is facing great challenges related to COVID-19. Only 2.1 per cent of the country’s 163 million people have been fully vaccinated.

CARE Bangladesh is helping to stop the spread by:

  • distributing PPE to more than 16,000 frontline health workers
  • supporting the operation of existing COVID-19 isolation centers
  • constructing more 20-bed isolation centers in six refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar
  • establishing four 100-bed COVID-19 Care Centers in Dhaka, Gazipur, Narayanganj and Chattogram
  • training 650 frontline health workers to improve the COVID-19 vaccination process.
  • orienting 900 community health volunteers.

CARE’s COVID-19 response in Pakistan

Pakistan has averaged more than 3,800 COVID-19 cases a day for the past week, and only 0.4% of the country’s 266 million people have been fully vaccinated. Bed capacity at intensive care units is reaching the limit and the oxygen supply is running low.

  • CARE Pakistan is responding by:
    training for health staff in the clinical management of COVID-19
  • distribution of medical supplies including PPE, testing kits, ventilators and oxygen
  • teaching community members to make soap and hand sanitiser
  • supporting the government to set up and scale up isolation centers
    sharing education messaging around proper handwashing and social distancing
  • upgrading telephone hotline services for patients seeking care
    supporting vaccination centers
  • supporting campaigns to promote vaccine uptake
  • distributing food and hygiene kits to vulnerable families

Please donate today to help provide more hospital beds, oxygen concentrators, and additional healthcare supplies to save lives.

Donate by phone

Call 1800 020 046 toll free and pay by credit card.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Should the funds raised through an emergency appeal exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond CARE’s control which limit its ability to utilise all funds in the affected areas, CARE will direct excess funds to other emergency relief activities in the future.

Monthly donations will go to emergency relief & preparedness activities where it is needed most.