India Against Corona is a group of volunteers facilitated by TYCIA Foundation who started in March 2020 as an informal WhatsApp group and have now reached almost 150+ members. In 2021, our goal is to urgently fill the different gaps created due to the COVID crisis. India Against Corona is currently engaged in several initiatives, such as connecting COVID patients to oxygen support, conducting COVID awareness campaigns in rural India, providing free rides to the hospital in auto ambulances, and putting human resources in understaffed hospitals to support with administrative tasks. To more about COVID relief work in the year 2020.
collective called 'Kasbai' which aims to activate 1000+ onground frontline
workers, groups, grassroot orgs from across India. The collective aims to bring relief and resources to 'communities at risk' in rural, tribal and semiurban areas across India such as Van Gujjars of Uttarakhand, Khanan Majdoor of Chattisgarh, Korku tribe of Satpura Forest of MP, Assami migrants working as rag pickers in UP and other COVID hit groups.
covid awareness campaign
A mass awareness campaign around COVID appropriate behaviour and vaccination targeting 'communities at risk' from rural India has been launched. The initiative seeks to ensure that misinformation and access to transportation are not barriers to receiving COVID care and relief.
This project has kicked off with #Kasbai members on the ground in Madhya Pradesh driving their van to 30+ Korku villages near the Satpura forest. In each village, they provided information to local community members about COVID appropriate behavior and vaccination, and also scanned symptomatic community members with thermal temperature scanning and oximeters, to ensure affected individuals can isolate and receive care.
We have operationalised a fleet of 30 auto-ambulances 24X7 in Delhi in collaboration with the Delhi state government. The ambulances provide free rides to the hospital for moderately ill patients who do not have access to other transportation. The auto-ambulances are fully sanitized and the drivers work in full PPE gear. We have also provided oxygen to 10 auto-ambulances run by a partner organization in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
frontline workers in hospitals
Frontline workers in hospitals: We have partnered with government hospitals in order to provide trained human resources to assist their overburdened doctors and nurses. Currently, we have placed 20+ frontline paid staff at GIMS in Noida LNJPN hospital, Delhi and COVID Care Centre at Ramleela Maidan, Delhi who have assisted in the registration of over 4500+ patients and rendered other backend support.
covid relief kits
We are preparing to dispatch COVID survival kits for distribution to families in distress who have lost their livelihoods during COVID-19. More than 2500 kits having ration support, basic medicines and material to maintain hygiene and
sanitisation are being prepared to be dispatched to rural geographies in the coming days.
We have already distributed pilot kits to families in South East Delhi and Bihar.
With the makeshift hospitals that have sprung up in Delhi, oftentimes there are not enough PPE kits for patients and /or their relatives who accompany them. We have distributed PPE kits and masks outside the emergency wards of major government hospitals across Delhi and NCR. We have also sent shipments of 60,000+ masks and 500+ PPE kits to #Kasbai frontline workers across 20 geographies in India.
We have managed to procure around 120 oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators. 100 of these are currently circulating amongst families in need in in Delhi. 10 cylinders in Khandwa, MP and 10 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat are in circulation through the partner organisations. In partnership with RWAs (Resident Welfare Association) in Gurgaon, we have also been able to provide 50 oxygen concentrators to the COVID care centres.
An oxygen plant has been installed
at a government hospital in Delhi
with a capacity to serve critically ill
patients at the hospital with
constant supply of oxygen to 25-30
beds. In total serving 750-1,000
patient in a year.
The oxygen plant is fully in place,
and workers are checking for
technical requirements before the
We are continuously trying to raise the funds to operationalise this project timely and smoothly. Donate here
Doctors in Diaspora
With the help of some dedicated volunteers from abroad and a donor, we have been able to collect a database of 200+ registered doctors, nurses, and therapists living outside India who have volunteered their time to consult virtually with the caregivers of the Indian patients in their homes, and assist Indian medical professionals working in COVID centers and hospitals at no cost. We have also collaborated with outreach partners to help people in need from smaller cities and towns especially economically less resourced families to be able to avail best of this initiative.
Plasma donation support
We have a team of volunteers making outbound calls and providing counseling services to address the concerns related to the process and making sure each donor who requires it has a safe and sanitized free ride to
the nearest donation center in Delhi through our COVID-19 Helpline.
Due to change in ICMR guidelines and drop of plasma therapy we will be pivoting our helpline to psychosocial support soon.