Funding COVID-19 Response in India: How an Urgent Crisis Affects Us All

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After 16 months of COVID-19, we are all tired – of masks, lockdowns, illness, losing friends and family. But in some countries – India and Brazil in particular – the crisis has reached new heights.

Official reports indicate that India, the world’s second-most populous country, is recording a million new cases every three days and has reached more than 200,000 deaths. Most experts believe these numbers to be a mere fraction of what’s taking place and estimate three cases for every one reported. They also anticipate a potential death toll of a million people by Aug. 1.

New variants are responsible for much of the illness. The longer a virus survives, the more capable it is of creating mutations. Consequently, vaccines are not as effective, and the pandemic will continue as new versions of the SARS-CoV-2 virus spread worldwide.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) hosted a webinar to look at the COVID-19 crisis in India. Speakers shared the latest information, including critical needs and gaps, and provided concrete takeaways for funders to effectively support relief and recovery efforts.

CDP Vice President Regine A. Webster moderated the discussion and panelists included:

Please see the slide deck and watch the webinar recording to learn more:

Photo: COVID-19 patients are treated at a makeshift health facility in Bihar state, India. (Source: CARE)